Frequently Asked Questions about Homestead Hall

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How is the intake process handled?

The admissions coordinator will visit the prospective client to assess medical needs, medication and overall health.  The purpose of the assessment is to assure that the placement will be successful.

What if my loved one requires a feeding tube ... needs more care than is provided ... has a permanent or long-term catheter ... is on and IV?

All prospective residents are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Patients requiring a high level of care or those who are not able to be semi-independent may require more care than is available at Homestead Hall.  If the caregivers are willing to privately pay for additional on-site care, such prospective residents may be considered for placement.

Are the rooms furnished for residents?

Residents enjoy the comfort of their own furnishings and décor.  Familiar furniture and decorations from home provide an easier transition and level of comfort for the resident.  An armoire is provided for hanging storage.  Rooms for short-term respite care residents are furnished.

Does each resident have his or her own bathroom?

Most of the rooms have their own private half bath.  Some rooms have a shared bath to accommodate couples.

How are couples housed in the community?

State regulation requires so many square feet per person.  Couples enjoy the benefit of sharing two conjoining rooms with a common bathroom.

Will the community accommodate wheelchair residents?

The community is wheelchair accessible and can accommodate residents who require a wheelchair for convenience.

Can the community accommodate Alzheimer's or dementia residents?

Prospective residents requiring care in this area are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Those prospective residents who are non-wandering and non-combative will be considered for placement.  Our activities staff offers specialty programs, designed for the memory-impaired population, seven days a week.

Are cultural, recreational, educational and leisure programs provided for residents?

Homestead Hall’s activities coordinators provide sixty hours of cultural, recreational, educational and leisure programs per week for residents.  Memory games, interactive social gatherings and a host of other activities allow residents to participate in a wide range of programs designed for mental health and social interaction.  Activities are weather sensitive and are conducted indoors and outdoors.  Van service is provided for off-site activities including events, shows, lunches, rides through the countryside and other stimulating experiences.

What kind of menu/food is served at Homestead Hall?

A great deal of consideration is given to presenting a seasonal menu which is prepared on-site by the staff chef.  Each person has a diet that is physician-approved and designed by a dietitian.  Homestead Hall can accommodate a variety of special diets such as low sodium, thickened liquids, cholesterol-restricted and ground.  Special preferences and food allergies are taken into consideration.  Residents come together for three meals and socialization in the dining room each day.

Will staff members assist residents with medication?

Always.  Medication is dispensed by a trained staff member according to the physician’s order.  The staff member assures that the resident has actually taken the medication and unusual reactions to medication are monitored.

Is staff available to assist with toileting?

Yes, assistance with toileting is available throughout the day and night.

Does Homestead Hall provide incontinence aids ... toiletries ... nutritional supplements?

Caregivers are responsible for providing incontinence aids, soap, shampoo and other essential toiletries as well as any nutritional supplements such as Ensure, Boost, etc.

Can caregivers bring in snacks, pastries or other "goodies" for residents?

Yes.  Any snacks that are not eaten immediately must be stored in a sealed storage container.  Residents also have access to a refrigerator located convenient to their room.  Coffee, water and snacks are provided between meals.

Can a resident have an alcoholic drink onsite?

Only residents who have an order from their primary care physician may consume alcohol onsite.

What happens if my loved one has to temporarily leave for medical treatment or a short-term stay in an outside rehab setting?

Staff will work with family members to develop a “return plan” for residents.  Charges will continue to accrue as long as a resident’s furnishings and belongings occupy the room.

What is the $3,500 Admission Fee?

The Admission Fee is a one-time charge for residents entering either Goddard House or Homestead Hall.  This is a non-refundable fee. Only one $3,500 Admission Fee applies to couples when they enter together. 

How will a transition to a skilled nursing facility be handles?

Staff members will work with nursing or specialty care facilities to assist with resident transition.  Social workers or staff members from other facilities typically will visit residents at Homestead Hall to complete intake, prior to the transition.

Is the building air-conditioned?

All common areas in Homestead Hall are air-conditioned.  Residents are welcome to install their own window-mounted air conditioners in their rooms.

Will my loved one’s room be cleaned and their laundry washed?

Full housekeeping and laundry services are provided for residents.

What kind of personal care assistance is given?

Assistance with bathing, dressing, and personal care is provided whenever needed.  In addition, there is a salon in the building, and a podiatrist provides on-site foot care.

How long has Homestead Hall been in existence?

This unique facility, founded in 1924 by the Hall family, was established to house local missionaries and women who needed respite from caring for their families.  In 1983 it was combined with nearby Goddard House, under one management, to offer a continuum of care.  Under the careful direction of some of Worcester’s most prominent financial and social leaders, the two homes continue to respond to the changing needs of active elders.

What is the difference between Homestead Hall (a residential care facility or rest home) and an assisted living facility?

Rest homes and assisted living facilities are similar in that they are ideal for elders who need assistance with daily living activities, but wish to live independently for as long as possible.  The difference is in the level of nursing care provided.  In an assisted living facility, the staff may not dispense or order medications, or provide any nursing care.  At Homestead Hall, the Licensed Nurse and trained Care Coordinators may dispense and order medications for residents along with performing other nursing functions.  Homestead Hall can give more care to a resident than an assisted living facility; yet many of our residents are quite independent in combination with our strong support model.

Does Homestead Hall support residents with hospice needs?

Yes.  Homestead Hall welcomes on-site hospice and palliative care services when necessary. The staff works with many local hospice organizations.

Does Homestead Hall offer short-term respite care?

Yes.  Many people choose respite care for an elderly family member when going on vacation, a business trip, or because they need time off from the demands of care giving.  These visiting elders receive the same care and attention as regular residents, including daily personal care assistance, three meals and snacks per day, medication dispensing, and activities.

Vacation and Respite Stay Program

Goddard House and Homestead Hall both offer short to long-term stays for non-residents through our Vacation and Respite Stay Program.  The program functions in two different ways.

For guests visiting residents at either property, or for out of area visitors returning for a period of time, Goddard House can accommodate stays in one of our housing units.  Each unit includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath.  Concierge level services are available and include the option to select meal service prepared by our on-staff chef.

A second option, available to caregivers, is found in our Respite Program.  The program is available at both Goddard House and Homestead Hall.  Whether for vacation or for a needed break from caregiving, both facilities can accommodate short to long-term stays for your loved one.  Ask a representative about our Vacation and Respite Care Program for more details about the program and pricing.

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