Monarch Landing, a continuing care retirement community in Naperville, IL, has recently introduced Monarch at Home, a home health program. This service is specifically designed to assist independent living residents who need additional support and assistance in order to continue living within their apartment.
The Director of Monarch at Home, Mychelle Benton, explained that the program helps residents maintain their independence by providing them with the support they need to stay in their units for longer periods of time. Traditional services offered by Monarch at Home have been available to residents through outside agencies. However, the new program offers shorter visits lasting only 15 minutes or so, which can save residents money and provide them with more flexible scheduling options.
According to Associate Executive Director Kelli Cox, Monarch at Home can provide assistance to one spouse so they can remain with their husband or wife in independent living longer. The program also includes care companions who can assist residents with outings, personal care tasks such as bathing and grooming, and domestic chores such as cleaning and meal preparation. Additionally, because there is always a nurse available on-call through Monarch at Home, caregivers can coordinate medications and provide wound care and other medical services when necessary.
Caregiver companions are carefully matched with residents based on their needs and preferences to ensure a good fit for both parties. All staff members employed by Monarch Landing undergo thorough background checks and adhere to strict guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
Monarch Landing is owned and managed by Harrison, NY-based Senior Care Development and is an equity partner with Life Care Services. Other continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have also expanded their offerings to include home health programs like Monarch at Home in response to growing demand from seniors seeking additional support while remaining in their own homes.