Dominion Senior Living is poised to start a new pilot home care program aimed at serving older adults in the months or years before they move into senior housing.
The Knoxville, Tennessee-based senior living provider is partnering with home care company Right at Home on Dominion Home Living, an in-home care pilot program for some older adults who live at the master-planned Patrick Square community in Clemson, South Carolina.
Currently, Dominion has 13 senior living locations in operation or under construction across Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina.
While Right at Home’s caregivers will handle the in-home care component of the new program, Dominion will from its forthcoming 66-unit assisted living community offer meals, social activities, personal care, health checks, medication setup and reminders, transportation and pet care.
Seniors or their loved ones can purchase packages ranging from $900 to $2,700 per month that include daily check-ins or personal care sessions lasting two or four hours a day. Dominion will also offer a la carte packages, such as day, weekly, or monthly dining plans; short-term respite stays; daycare services; and life-enrichment programs.
Dominion Home Living is designed to help bridge the gap that exists between at-home care and senior living, according to Lindsey Daugherty, a principal and role model with Dominion.
“We found there was a need … for people who are still living in their home and aren’t quite yet ready for assisted living, but yet need the socialization of what an assisted living or independent living community can provide,” Daugherty told Senior Housing News.
The program will also help Dominion reach some of the seniors it serves earlier in their aging process. Many older adults wait until they’re too sick or debilitated to live at home before even considering a move into senior housing. But with the help of a caregiver, they might decide to make that move sooner, Daugherty explained.
“What we see a lot in our industry is that we get our residents with a lot of comorbidities. They’re really sick, and they wait too long,” she said. “We really want someone to know that we are here with them, and that we understand what they’re going through. And we want to catch them at a younger age so that we are keeping them healthy.”
When the pilot program launches in the first quarter of 2019, it will reach a group of more than 20 seniors who live at the age-restricted Villas at Patrick Square. If all goes according to plan, however, the program will be expanded to the rest of the Patrick Square in the months that follow, and potentially also to all of Dominion’s communities sometime down the road.
The faith-based operator may also hire its own home care workers, depending on how the program goes, Daugherty noted.
“Could you imagine the difference in the culture and the way the community runs when [residents] made the choice to be there, and they felt good about that choice?” Daugherty said. “That’s a huge difference in the way we deliver care and how it’s received.”
Written by Tim Regan