- Can I get health care in my home if I want or need it?
When you want to remain in your independent home, but you need some extra help, Catered Living is available to you. Choose from a diverse menu of services, at an additional fee, and our staff will provide extra help to meet your needs and make life easier.
- What Health Care Services do you offer?
Birch Hill residents receive 30 free days a year of short-term care in our Health Center. When a Birch Hill resident is recovering from an illness or surgery, personalized Assisted Living care is provided by caring staff members in a familiar environment.
Assisted Living, Nursing Care, and Memory Care are available to residents of Birch Hill at a significantly discounted rate. There is no need for a second move or transition when your or you or your parents’ health care needs have changed.
If long-term assistance with the activities of daily living is required, residents who transition to Assisted Living pay a significantly reduced rate for the additional services, well below what would be considered the standard market rate.
- What if my spouse needs health care before I do?
Often spouses age differently, and one spouse may need more care than another. Caregiving can put a strain on any relationship, but at Birch Hill, these relationships are preserved. One person can receive Assisted Living level of care, allowing the other to be a spouse, not a caregiver.
- If I need Assisted Living, can I come back to my home?
We anticipate residents may have intermittent, short-term needs for health care. That’s why our residents have the advantage of 30 free days in the health canter each year to ensure they can get episodic care on a temporary basis without a full-time transition to the health center.
- Who decides if I need more care and what type of care I need?
Moving from Independent Living to health care is a conversation you participate in, not a decision made on your behalf. If care needs are increasing, and you need more help, we will invite you, your family and your physicians to meet with our team and discuss what kinds of additional help you may need, and how Birch Hill can help. We would decide together if a change would be more beneficial for you and where it would make the most sense for you to receive that care.
- What happens if I need a higher level of care?
By choosing Birch Hill, you are ensuring a complete continuum of care plan as your health needs change. With our non-profit advantage, and at rates far below market value, our residents are able to transition from Independent Living to Assisted Living to Nursing or Memory Care, whenever it is needed and for as long as necessary. Providing all levels of care within one community prevents a disruptive change or a second move when your health care needs have changed.
Each person is unique, and with our high staff-to-resident ratio, we provide our health center residents with a highly-individualized, personal care plan. Each resident enjoys a private room and bathroom, in a comforting, home-like environment. Going beyond the activities of daily living to provide more intensive and individual care, our award-winning, caring staff treats each resident with respect and dignity.
- Do you accept MediCare?
We do not accept MediCare for payment toward your service fee at Birch Hill. If you see a visiting medical provider, such as visiting nurse, physical or occupational therapist, or the on-site Provider at Birch Hill, Medicare is billed.
- Do I need long term care insurance?
Long Term Care insurance is not a requirement at Birch Hill. However, depending on what your policy covers, it may reimburse you for expenses when utilizing the services in Assisted Living, Memory Care, Nursing, or Catered Living at Birch Hill.