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More than a Retirement Home - Palazzo’s is a Way of Life


September 19, 2018 in: Phoenix Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Phoenix, Independent Living Phoenix,

Palazzo provides a retirement community designed specifically for elder people and their needs. The retirement home is built on a piece of spacious land, and offers many types of accommodations to individuals of different aging programs.

The focal point of this community is the main street where many celebrations and activities take place. Moreover, it offers people the opportunity to socialize with like-minded people.

What Services do Skilled Nursing Facilities Offer


March 23, 2018 in: Skilled Nursing Phoenix,

You are probably wondering what’s the difference between a nursing home and a skilled nursing facility. When it comes to providing long-term care for your loved one, you need to be familiar with all the care options.

In short, a skilled nursing facility is a place where patients, who have been in an accident or require round the clock care due to some chronic medical condition, are admitted. This facility is a personalized home-care kind of option that allows the patients to recoup in comfort. They can either stay here as a resident or leave the facility once their injury has healed. The staff taking care of the patients are only licensed nurses and, occupational, speech and physical therapists.

Let’s have a look at the services offered at a skilled nursing facility:

  • Post-surgical and post-hospital care
  • Colostomy, incontinence and catheter care
  • Individualized care plans
  • Assistance with daily activities
  • Custodial care
  • IV services and medication administration
  • Diabetic management
  • Special and therapeutic diets
  • Blood transfusions
  • Medicare-certified beds
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Pathology services for speech
  • Restorative Rehabilitation services
  • Supply of durable medical equipment and medical supplies during the stay

How Long Can Patients Stay At the Facility?

The minimum stay for an elderly patient who has just gotten out of a minor surgery is usually between 4 to 5 days. On the other hand, if the patient just had a life threatening surgery, the stay can last for more than a month.

Let’s have a look at some of the services in depth:

Post-Surgical and Post-Hospital Care

  • Tracheostomy or ventilator care
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Internal feedings
  • Extensive wounds treatment
  • Infectious diseases management
  • Therapeutic interventions to assist patients in swallowing
  • Rehabilitation for complicate medical conditions
  • Neurological care

Assistance with Daily Activities

  • Assisting patients with self-care, dressing and eating
  • Keeping track of medications
  • Calming down abusive patients
  • Keeping a close eye on patients of dementia

Medication Administration

  • Monitoring complex medications
  • Constantly checking for adverse reactions, so that medication and dosage can be changed immediately
  • Documenting probability of complications
  • Tube feedings
  • Documenting unstable condition
  • Application of nasogastric tube

Restorative Rehabilitation

Here, trained professionals promote wellness through a series of programs that involve education and exercise. Patients with diabetes are closely monitored and following levels are checked:

  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Meal planning
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Nutrition and diet

Incontinence Care

  • Bladder and bowel incontinence care

Supply of Durable Medical Equipment and Medical Supplies during the Stay

  • Hospital beds
  • Home oxygen equipment
  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers

A skilled nursing facility gives you the peace of mind that your loved one is healing in a safe environment. It’s possible that at home, they might develop an infection or might tear open their wounds due to no assistance. With assessments made daily and round the clock monitoring, your loved one will come home whole and healthy after their stay at the facility. 

The Montecito in Santa Fe, NM is currently undertaking adding a skilled nursing facility to its property. If you're interested in learning more about this new division please contact the company at 505-428-7777

Services Offered at Skilled Nursing Facilities


August 10, 2017 in: Senior Housing, Skilled Nursing Phoenix,

When people reach a certain age, mostly parents and grandparents, it’s common for their loved ones to begin searching for nursing homes or ‘Skilled Nursing Facilities’ in order to provide them with comfort and care when they can’t afford to care for themselves on their own – it’s just the ugly truth. These facilities have numerous eligible and licensed healthcare professionals on board, who are skilled experts in the field of medicine and nursing. These facilities are also regulated and inspected vigorously by the Department of Health Services within the state.

Often times, skilled nursing facilities provide short-term or long-term care for their patients, who are mostly sufferers of diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other diseases that are similar in nature. In most cases, the patients are in dire need of assistance and care around the clock, and require serious rehabilitation services.

What Services are offered in a Skilled Nursing Facility?

All around the world, there are tons of nursing homes and facilities that provide skilled and custodial care around the clock. The expertise within a skilled nursing facility is also trained and educated in matters that require immediate attention, such as a sudden injury caused by a severe accident. The services that are offered in a nursing home include:

  • Laundry Services
  • Restricted Transportation
  • Social Activities
  • Educational Activities
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Laboratories
  • Radiology
  • Hospice Care
  • Respite Care

Other services include:

  • Speech Therapy: The skilled staff of the nursing home will feature a team of trained speech therapists to help the patient retrieve their ability to communicate and speak without difficulty.
  • Healthcare or Medical Nursing: Nurses within the facility are skilled in attending to postoperative wounds or monitoring and providing intravenous medications, depending on the severity of the condition of the patient.
  • Physical Therapy: The skilled staff of the nursing home will also feature a team of trained physical therapists to help the patient retrieve their ability to stand and walk, by focusing on their balance and strength issues.
  • Occupational Therapy: The skilled staff of the nursing home will also feature a team of trained occupational therapists to assist the patient in becoming independent again – how to dress, eat and combat issues revolving around personal hygiene.

Most nursing homes are specially designed to accommodate seniors or the elderly who are sufferers of diseases among the likes of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or similar respiratory diseases. These patients are cared for and provided with custodial care services that focus entirely on assisting the patient to live their lives independently or with assistance. Services provided assist the patients in their day-to-day activities such as:

  • Dressing
  • Personal hygiene
  • Movements – walking or getting in or out of bed
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Incontinence

However, it should be noted that not all skilled nursing facilities provide all of these services. The services provided also depend largely on the area that the nursing home is located in as well as the city or county.

Care at Palazzo


June 06, 2017 in: Memory Care (Dementia/Alzheimers), Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Phoenix,

To whom it may concern:

My brother-in-law was a resident of the Palazzo approximately seven months prior to his deteriorating health.Our family had chosen this facility specifically because of its different levels of care all on one campus and its closeness to our home.What a great decision it was!

After a brief hospitalization, my brother-in-law was able to transfer to the skilled nursing unit on campus and now is a resident on  the memory ward. What great care he has received in the process. All staff are thoughtful, attentive, dedicated and friendly people.I am especially fond of all staff on the memory ward. My brother-in-law seems adjusted,happy and healthier than he has been in years.The staff attend to all his physical and emotional needs and keep our family informed as issues arise. I highly recommend the Palazzo for any of your family care needs.

Sincerely,

Chrystyl Dimler 

When Should You Look For a Skilled Nursing Facility, Phoenix, Arizona?


May 03, 2017 in: Skilled Nursing Phoenix,

Skilled nursing facilities, also known as SNF’s, are extremely important in that they are well equipped to provide your loved ones with the medical care they need. Based on the health of your loved ones, these nursing facilities can ensure that they are given the best medical and lifestyle possible.

However, choosing a skilled nursing facility should not be a snap decision. Careful thought and consideration should be given before you opt for it. If you are wondering when you should look for a skilled nursing facility, Phoenix, Arizona, the following are few pointers.

Worsening Medical Condition

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, arthritis and other similar mental and physical ailments often do not have a clear cut mode of treatment. Overtime, these medical conditions only grow worse. If your loved one is suffering from these and their condition is gradually eroding, a nursing home might be the best option. They can get the medical care and the therapy that they need in order to deal with the condition in a more controlled manner when residing in a skilled nursing facility, Phoenix, Arizona.  Due to this, a nursing home can be the ideal option for them.

Need for Constant Monitoring

Various mental conditions, particularly Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s could make it necessary for you to ensure that your loved one is always monitored. Due to the nature of their condition, it is all too possible for them to go on a walk and forget their way home. Even inside the house, constant monitoring is necessary to ensure they don’t accidentally harm themselves or others around them.

Often times, it is difficult to find home care or other professionals who can monitor them with ease. With a skilled nursing facility, you won’t have to worry about this factor since there are skilled professionals available to monitor them with ease.

Cost Effective in Comparison to Home Care

When it comes to home care, it can be extremely costly at times. Having to pay for a licensed individual can be difficult since they are not only hard to find, it is also hard to have them available for the hours they require. Usually, they have to juggle through their clients.

Moreover, based on the level of medical care needed, you might have to hire another professional. In the long run, opting for a skilled nursing facility Phoenix, Arizona might prove to be more cost effective. Some medical insurance packages also cover skilled nursing facilities which can greatly help to manage costs.

At the end of the day, you might be feeling a lot of guilt and have to deal with feelings of resentment from both parties. However, if this is the right decision for everyone, don’t hesitate. If you are looking for a good skilled nursing facility, Phoenix, Arizona, get in touch with us and take a look at the facilities we offer. With our help, your loved ones can stay happy, healthy, and have all their medical and social needs properly met.

Housing Decision Making Guide for Seniors


March 02, 2017 in: Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Phoenix, Independent Living Phoenix,

How to choose the best place for housing for you or your loved one when you or they become older requires getting certain questions answered and it means the place that is picked needs to have certain required service levels and amenities on hand. The best approach is to be thorough, make sure what is needed or wanted is offered now, and that if changes need to be made regarding living assistance or full time care, those changes will be met as well.

Currently what independent living, assisted living and memory care services are offered now and what services are available to meet care needs down the road?

Think about talking to an attorney to confirm you or your loved one’s legal concerns and rights. Before making a final decision about housing, confirm that the person’s legal rights are covered and that all their needs are protected and met including financial, socially and both short and long-term health.

What type of lifestyle and living conditions are offered at the retirement community and what are my needs or my loved one’s needs regarding both.

How critical is the location of the retirement community to me, my loved one, family and friend?. Choosing a place to live that is close or convenient to family and friends can go a long way toward quality of life and staying connected for the person moving into a retirement community.

Does the retirement community offer the necessary service level needed to meet the health care needs of me or my loved one?

Knowing housing and care costs are critical to know if a retirement community is affordable. Be sure to do a complete review of all the monthly expenses of any retirement community being considered for housing.

Find out what level of care services are offered for the agreed to monthly housing budget

Find out if you or your loved one qualifies for services that are publicly funded including Medicare or Medicaid.

Senior Resources

  • American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging 202.662.8690 www.abanet.org/aging/resources/statemap.shtm
  • Eldercare Locator 800.677.1116 www.eldercare.gov


Learn all you can about the answers to the questions and fact finding suggested here to make the best possible decision about housing.

Phoenix, AZ, Assisted living facility, The Palazzo, is the place to turn to for answers when it comes to when it becomes too difficult to care for your senior loved one. Nutrition and accompanying repsonsibilities of a senior family member can very hard to manage and keep with. When that happens, and at some point it will, give The Palazzo a call at 602-433-6300. 

Stroke Rehabilitation


January 09, 2017 in: Skilled Nursing Phoenix, Senior Health,

Stroke Rehabilitation Phoenix AZ

After a stroke the goal is for the patient to come back to the very best level of living functionality. Because of the negative impact on the neurological functionality from a stroke, a person’s capability of doing day to day tasks is many times significantly less. During rehabilitation a stroke patient is taught to do daily tasks like walking, using the bathroom, and practice eye-hand coordination drills. Certain cases occur when a patient will never attain full recovery from the stroke. When this happens the person is taught specific compensating functionality methods. This could include not being able to use one specific hand and then teaching them how to function without its use.

After a stroke, the level and type of rehabilitation a patient will do is determined on the stroke and how severely it affected the person. For people suffering from a major stroke most likely they will have to become a patient at a rehabilitation facility offering inpatient rehab.

Inpatient rehabilitation involves patients working at wide selection of strategic therapies in rehab focused on neurological functionality restoration. During inpatient rehabilitation patients move in and live there. During their stay each day they take part in daily speech, physical and occupational therapy. During their stay a stroke patient will work with the facilities nurses, its doctors and social workers. The goal is to attain restore full pre-stroke day to day living functionality and develop a plan for returning home as soon as is possible.

In some cases, a patient may not be capable of doing inpatient rehabilitation. When that is the situation, the next option is to move to a skilled nursing facility which does offer a set of rehabilitation programs. Other times, a person may need to be at home and receive after stroke rehab therapy there from both occupational and physical therapists. After rehabilitation therapy if a patient has achieved limited recovery and cannot move around, use the bathroom on their own or care for themselves, the next top solution is to go with a long-term care provider like an assisted living facility. The goal after a stroke is to bring the patient back to where they were before as closely as possible with the highest amount of independence. The aim is to find the best strategy that helps the patient the most.

It normally takes a stroke patient from 6 to 12 months of targeted ongoing rehabilitative therapy. The smartest thing to do as quickly as possible is to start rehabilitation. The sooner it is started the better the chances are of a complete recovery.  The human body is amazing and when it comes to a stroke when one part of the brain is damaged by stroke another part can and has compensated for the loss. The sooner rehabilitation is started the better chance a person has from recovering.

Positive Mental Health When Recovering from a Stroke

Staying the course and keeping with when it comes to stroke rehabilitation. The patient is in for a big challenge, so both their rehabilitation therapist and the patient have to remember success will not come in one day, but little by little. Feeling depressed is natural and the emotion of it needs to be taken into account and acknowledged by everyone concerned.  Setting up a strong foundation emotionally and goal wise between the patient and the person’s caregivers including family members, therapists, nurses, and doctors will go a long way towards attaining as much a long term success and high level functionality as possible.

Depression often times impacts stroke rehabilitation. Addressing and treating depression directly will help a patient directly by building them up mentally regarding communicating staying or becoming independent again. The aim here is to do everything possible for the patient regarding care and communication regarding attaining the best possible outcome.

At Phoenix, AZ, skilled nursing facility, The Palazzo, we know it is important for caregivers to know stroke rehabilitation very well so you can make arrangements to provide the right level of care your loved one needs after a major stroke.  

How to Pick a Memory Care Unit in Phoenix, AZ


December 05, 2016 in: Memory Care (Dementia/Alzheimers), Phoenix Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Phoenix,

Dementia in a loved one can be daunting for them and for you. When the time comes where a loved cannot live at home any longer, the next step that may make the most sense is to move them to a memory care unit at an assisted living facility.

Assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities many times offer a memory care unit as part of their suite of care services. The best aspect about a memory care unit is that each one normally has highly trained staff members with both educational and work experience skill sets specifically for caring for clients with dementia. The environment of top memory care unit offers a peaceful setting with an emphasis on high care level with specialized attention for its residents.

Memory care unit decision needs to include several visits to the facilities being considering. It is recommended that you carefully watch staff members in hands on resident care, speak with family members of the residents and that you have a list questions that you ask about day to day activities, day to day routines and how the staff handles tough difficult behavior along with other important subjects.

Today the number of Alzheimer’s patients in America is growing faster than ever because the population in the using is growing older. Memory care units are keeping up with the demand, but it doesn’t mean they are all created equal. Family members need to do their homework.

The primary goal of finding the right memory care unit, besides find a high quality one that can be counted on, is to find one that is nearby to family and friends. The main thing to know that is so very important is to stay in connected to your loved one by coming by to visit consistently and to be part of each aspect of their picture, including care, daily activities and their current status.

Research, Research Research

Once you have a solid selection of places to choose from, visit each place several times. Make sure you stop by without calling ahead during weekends, nights and in the early morning. By visiting learn if the facility staff is keeping up with caregiving consistently, learn if the rooms and the facility are kept clean, learn about the consistency and quality of the food and learn if residents that need assistance eating are getting it and if they are being attended to when asking for help. Find out what the staff turnover statistics have been over the last 12 - 18 months and what the ratio is for staff-to-residents. The industry standard for memory care units is for every 5 residents there should be 1 staff member. Cover memory care staff training that is ongoing and the requirements for hiring. The lower the staff turnover the better it is for residents because everyone, including memory care patients, like consistent routines.

Seek signals that show the memory care unit attends to residents issues and needs instead of a built in status quo. The key is to see that each resident is being cared for in a way that helps them the very best way. Check to see if the memory care unit provides activities that help residents stay engaged

Changes are hard for people with dementia. Be certain that the place you choose will be one that they can stay at for the the long term. Check to see that the services offered include skilled nursing in the event that your loved one needs that type of care. Find out what type of health issues would develop in your loved one that cannot be taken care of there that would mean they would have to be transferred to another facility.

Phoenix, AZ, assisted living facility The Palazzo understands how important a memory care unit is to its residents. When the time comes when a family member's Alzheimer's has progressed where it it has become to difficult to continue to provide care for we suggest that you consult with their doctor and then if it makes sense, come see us to discuss the possibility about moving forward with moving your family member into our memory care facility.

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