PRLog - Jan. 16, 2012 - ALLENDALE, N.J. -- Families or individuals seeking short-term or emergency respite care services for older adults now need to look no further than The Atrium at The Allendale Community for Mature Living. The Emergency Respite and Short-Term Stay Program at the senior residence offers aging parents, grandparents and spouses a safe place to stay on a temporary basis, whether the need arises due to a caregiver's unanticipated absence or because of a weather-related emergency.
The Atrium's emergency care services are especially appealing for older adults whose homes are threatened or damaged by severe winter weather. The short-term program is also ideal when primary caregivers are called out of town unexpectedly. The Atrium provides older adults with a secure, comfortable living arrangement, along with a host of services that residents enjoy year-round.
"Our short-term respite program has been in place for several years, but we extended our services due to the increase in requests we received whenever harsh weather was forecasted or a storm swept through the New York metropolitan area," said Mary Stampleman, ADC, Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Community Relations. "Originally we designed the program to offer full-time caregivers the opportunity to take a vacation or travel for business. But emergency short-term care is also needed when weather events threaten to leave roads impassable or when electrical service is interrupted."
Guests benefit from a safe, supportive environment that incorporates a full complement of recreational activities, including social, educational and cultural programs offered daily; fine restaurant-style dining; and flexible healthcare and wellness options if needed. Services include assistance with daily tasks such as dressing and bathing, medication management and wellness assessments. Therapeutic treatments, such as occupational, physical and speech therapy, can also be administered by professionals associated with The Allendale Community's onsite Rehabilitation Center.
The Atrium's social, educational and cultural programs encourage residents and Short-Term Stay guests to rekindle their interest in former hobbies or pursue new interests. Daily events are held in The Atrium's various venues, including the Activities Center, Greenhouse, Internet Café, full-size Cinema, outdoor Putting Green, Game Room, Arcade and upstairs Lounge.
"After their short-term stay, many of our guests decide to relocate full-time to The Atrium. They find that they like having everything they need in terms of nutrition, socialization and healthcare in one convenient location - regardless of the weather outside," added Stampleman.
Each apartment at The Atrium features a spacious living area and closet space as well as a private bathroom. Apartments also are equipped with 24-hour emergency response systems and are in close proximity to a health station, staffed by CNA nurse aides with registered nurse supervision.
The Allendale Community for Mature Living, located at 85 Harreton Rd., in Allendale, is conveniently accessed via private driveway off of Route 17 South. Developed in stages beginning in 1967, The Allendale Community pioneered modern-day eldercare. Today, the campus includes four full-service senior residences that offer a continuum of care, should a resident's needs change: The Atrium Assisted Living; Carlton Court, a memory care neighborhood;
For information about arranging an emergency or planned short-term stay at The Atrium Assisted Living, call (201) 818-4499 or visit www.allendalecommunity.com.
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About The Allendale Community for Mature Living: The Allendale Community for Mature Living is located on 12 acres in a scenic, quiet suburban neighborhood, with direct access to Route 17 South. The physician-owned Community offers three levels of residency and a continuum of care on campus: The Atrium, where independent seniors enjoy residential living; Carlton Court, which offers assisted living; and The Allendale Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility focusing on rehabilitation. In addition, the Community offers the Senior Social Club, an adult day program that provides a variety of dynamic activities. For more information about The Allendale Community for Mature Living, call (201) 825-0660 or visit its web site at www.allendalecommunity.com.