Monarch Landing, a continuing care retirement/life plan community in Naperville, IL, has introduced Monarch at Home, a home health program designed specifically for independent living residents who need assistance and wish to remain in their apartments. The Director of Monarch at Home, Mychelle Benton, said that this service is “specifically for our independent living residents who need assistance and want to remain living within their apartment.”
Monarch at Home traditional services have been available to residents through outside agencies. However, with the new program, residents can save money because the service offers visits lasting 15 minutes or so as opposed to one-hour increments charged by outside agencies. Associate Executive Director Kelli Cox explained that Monarch at Home can provide assistance to one spouse so they can remain with their husband or wife in independent living longer.
The program includes care companions who assist residents with outings, personal care, domestic chores, and other tasks with which they may need help. According to Cox, there is always a nurse available in the program who can coordinate medications and provide wound care if necessary. Caregiver companions are carefully matched with residents to ensure that it is a good fit for both parties.
Monarch Landing staff members staff the CCRC and are subjected to a thorough background check and strict guidelines. The CCRC is owned and managed by Harrison-based Senior Care Development and is an equity partner with Life Care Services. Other CCRCs have also expanded their offerings to include home care services similar to Monarch at Home.