As part of the Youville application process, a Wellness Nurse conducts a wellness assessment to determine if Youville can meet the needs of the prospective resident. This assessment, along with information provided by the individual’s physician, helps the nurse develop a service plan that addresses specific needs for assistance with personal care, medication management and/or escorts to meals and activities.
Specially trained resident care assistants work under the supervision of the Youville nurses, and are available 24 hours a day to provide scheduled personal care and medication reminders to residents. Residents also have emergency pendants, and apartments are equipped with emergency pull cords, in the event a resident requires emergency assistance. Up to one hour of personal care services are provided each day as part of the basic package of services.
Each resident’s service plan is reassessed and adjusted whenever a resident’s needs change, and at a minimum, every six months.
Regulations for assisted living in Massachusetts prohibit Youville nurses from providing ‘skilled’ care; however, any resident’s need for skilled services can be met by a visiting nurse or by contracting for these services privately. Skilled services might include injections, wound care and cardiac monitoring.
The Wellness Nurses assist residents with their healthcare management and help assess the need for medical intervention or emergency care. The goal of the Wellness staff is to provide each resident with specific services needed to remain safe and healthy. Residents’ dignity, privacy and, above all, choice, are Youville’s highest priority.
Wellness Nurses work closely with residents, visiting nurses, physicians and families to support residents in remaining at Youville, their home, for as long as possible. Residents may leave Youville when their medical conditions require on-going, skilled care that cannot be provided in assisted living, or when, due to advanced cognitive impairment, residents require a more structured or secure environment to keep them safe.
Youville Assisted Living residences are certified by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and operate within the regulations set forth by this agency.
Youville resident family member