Monarch Landing, a continuing care retirement/life plan community in Naperville, IL, has recently launched Monarch at Home, a home health program designed specifically for its independent living residents who require assistance and wish to remain in their apartments.
According to Mychelle Benton, Director of Monarch at Home, the service is tailored to meet the needs of Monarch’s independent living residents and will help them stay in their units longer. The program offers visits from care companions that can assist with outings, personal care, domestic chores and other tasks that residents may need help with. Additionally, there is always a nurse available who can coordinate medications and provide injections, wound care and more.
One of the advantages of Monarch at Home is that it offers shorter visits lasting 15 minutes or so compared to traditional services offered by outside agencies that usually charge in one-hour increments. This means that residents can save money while receiving the same level of care. Associate Executive Director Kelli Cox added that the service can also assist one spouse so they can remain with their husband or wife in independent living longer.
Caregiver companions are carefully matched with residents to ensure a good fit. All staff members working on the program undergo thorough background checks and follow strict guidelines before being allowed to work with the residents.
Monarch Landing is owned and managed by Harrison, NY-based Senior Care Development and is an equity partner with Life Care Services. Other CCRCs have also expanded their offerings to include home care services as well.