Frequently Asked Questions
The community nurse will meet with you and/or your loved one to perform a health and wellness assessment. There is a state-mandated form, called Physician’s Evaluation for Assisted Living that your physician must complete within 30 days prior to moving into the home.We require all residents to have aPPD within the last 30 days or a chest x-ray within the last 6 months, prior to move-in. The PPD or the chest-ray should indicate a negative exposure to tuberculosis. In addition, the residency agreement and coordination with the pharmacy must be completed prior to move-in.
As people age, there is the potential for changes in mobility, depression, hydration and nutritional status. Isolation from family and friends can cause social withdrawal and a person’s health and wellness can decline. Safety in the home environment becomes more of a liability due to health conditions such as diabetes, orthopedic challenges, and vision changes. Life becomes less pleasurable and daily activities become more of a burden.
We understand that assisted living can be a difficult choice. Here at Dahlonega Assisted Living and Memory Care, we provide a safe environment that fosters a happy, fulfilling lifestyle. Our home-like surroundings give our residents a warm and friendly atmosphere of family living while giving them assistance when needed.
Several years ago, the state of Georgia created the Assisted Living Community license. The intent of this license was to enable a person to “age in place” with the hope to eliminate the need for a person to move to a nursing home, unless medically necessary. An assisted living community must comply with Life Safety standards and operational procedures in order to acquire and maintain the license. Life Safety standards require assisted living communities to install a sprinkler system throughout the community, thus creating a safer living environment for residents. Certified medication aides, who undergo training and testing, administer medications to residents. The certified medication aides are also required to undergo periodic competency evaluations to ensure they are following policies and procedures for safe medication assistance. Personal care homes do not have regulations in place regarding who can manage medication regimens.
Residents of a personal care home must be able to ambulate independently and evacuate the community with minimal assistance in case of an emergency. Under the assisted living community license, residents can remain living with us as long as staff can demonstrate residents can evacuate to a designated point of safety within 12 minutes, regardless of a resident’s ambulatory status.