The Merion's New Wellness Center Allows Residents To Remain In Their Home As Health Changes

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The services provided by the new Wellness Center at The Merion are flexible and determined by each resident’s individual needs. The Wellness Center at The Merion is open round-the-clock.

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“They’re able to remain in their own apartments and get any assistance they need, right there,” said Kelley.

Maintaining and improving the independence of residents of The Merion is the objective of Amanda Kelley, Wellness Center Administrator for Accurate Private Care, with offices on site at The Merion.

The services provided by the Wellness Center are flexible and determined by each resident’s individual needs. “We may have one resident for whom we provide 24/7 care, and others that get help once a week or every two weeks. Or someone may need services for several weeks following surgery and then not need services again for a year or two,” said Kelley.

The availability of the various services are perfect for residents who wish to remain in their home, even as their health care needs change. “They’re able to remain in their own apartments and get any assistance they need, right there,” said Kelley. It’s a perfect place for people moving from a larger home. “There are less cares than a house or condo. There’s no maintenance required, they don’t have to worry about stairs, great meals are available on site, and there are activities, classes, and social events.”

The home health side of their offerings includes Medicare-covered nursing services that are delivered within the resident’s apartment. “We provide visits based on doctors’ orders. In addition to nursing care, we also have highly-trained physical, speech and occupational therapists,” Kelley said.

“Our caregivers are also available to help with non-medical tasks such as showers, laundry and even escorts outside of the building. We can also provide nursing services that don’t require a doctor’s order, but do require a licensed health care professional.”

The Wellness Center at The Merion is open round-the-clock. “In case of emergencies, we are on site and can respond immediately to an urgent medical situation. If it’s something like a fall, we can provide help up, or determine if a 911 call is appropriate. This provides great peace of mind for residents and their families,” Kelley said. She added that residents can have concerns addressed and vital signs checked. “Residents are encouraged to stop in anytime.” She also monitors chronic conditions. “This is especially beneficial because by monitoring them, we can catch issues before they become a bigger problem. I can stay in touch with residents’ physicians who can then adjust proscribed treatments or medications accordingly,” she said.

In the interest of wellness, Kelley brings in medical professionals such as podiatrists, audiologists, dentists, and more, to provide screening and treatment. Additionally, she’ll coordinate wellness presentations monthly. “I take suggestions for topics from the residents. We’ve talked about memory care, diet for high blood pressure, and we’ve also had a music therapy session,” she said.

Kelley said she loves working with seniors. “It’s my chance to give back to people who have lived long lives and contributed in their own ways to their community. It’s my way of helping them live with dignity and as much independence as possible.”

The Merion is a luxury senior apartment community for active, independent retirees seeking a hassle-free rental home in Evanston. Formerly known as The North Shore Hotel, The Merion has been totally renovated with upscale finishes and amenities. For additional information, visit http://www.MerionEvanston.com.

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