Fall 2003

Tandem Health Care Provides
Variety of Options for Older Adults

by John Fries

There's something for everyone at Tandem Health Care of North Strabane, a retirement village and residential nursing facility that offers a variety of care options for older adults.

Located just off Linden Creek Road, near Lindenwood Golf Club,Tandem provides assisted living, skilled nursing and secure Alzheimer's care-all on one picturesque campus.

Tandem Retirement Village is Washington County's premiere assisted living facility, providing elegant accommodations for active seniors. The beautiful 85-bed ,two story building features spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments-each of which is furnished with a kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave oven, cabinets, sink, private bath and shower and individual climate control.

One low monthly fee covers the apartment, as well as such amenities as laundry, local phone service, cable television, nursing care that's available around the clock, and more. Small pets are welcome as well, subject to management approval.

Other amenities include: an onsite library with computer and Internet access, a game room with large screen TV, ice cream parlor, a cafe, hairstyling and nail service for men and women, an activity and craft area, outside patio and garden, formal dining room with fireplace, available private dining room, living rooms and more.

For seniors requiring skilled nursing care, Tandem offers a 62-bed facility providing both long-term and short-term care, 24 hours a day. "Three levels of care are available, ranging from total skilled care to minimal supervision or assistance," said Joseph S. McCarthy, Tandem's director of admissions, "and each guest room is equipped with telephone and cable TV access."

For short stay guests, physician-directed skilled health care services are designed to complement a hospital stay, or can be a substitute for hospitalization.

Individual care plans are developed around each guest's needs. Long-term guests enjoy a personalized family setting with many opportunities for social interaction. Two activity directors provide a full schedule of options.

Tandem Rehab provides on-site occupational, speech, and physical therapy services are available as needed. The warm, elegant environment also offers a state-of-the-art therapy gym, an exquisite dining hall, and a lounge with large screen television.

The Camelot Alzheimer's Assisted Living Residence is a secure, 20-bed unit that was specifically designed for individuals coping with the effects of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. This specialized, holistic program provides a safe, therapeutic environment that allows guests to enjoy pre-disease normalcy.

"Camelot's mission is to provide dignified living in a safe and secure environment that promotes an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding and love," said McCarthy, who noted that the activity-intensive program recognizes the needs of each person.

"We intertwine fun and therapeutic activities throughout the day, and our staff interacts socially with our guests. We structure the environment so there is a minimum number of reminders that something is wrong. By allowing our guests to do what they can for themselves, then helping them do the rest, we can decrease trauma and frustration."

While Tandem offers an extensive range of amenities to address the needs of older adults and their families, they also go a few steps beyond what you might expect. For one thing, there's no entrance fee or security deposit--something McCarthy said is somewhat atypical. "It's no secret the key to our success is our exceptional team of managers and staff."

Also, Tandem actively seeks to help veterans of the U.S. military qualify for assistance with living expenses via a federally funded Veterans Administration program called Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits--assistance they might not even know they quality for. "Veterans who served during a major war, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf wars, whether here or overseas, are eligible to apply for federal assistance that covers some of the costs associated with assisted living and nursing home care," said McCarthy. An eligible veteran with a surviving spouse can receive $1,600 each month, and a single eligible veteran with no dependants can receive up to $1,347. Spouses of veterans are also eligible.

Tandem Health Care of North Strabane 200 Tandem Village Road Canonsburg, PA 15317 724-746-0600

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