Moving a loved one to an assisted living community is an emotionally charged process with many moving parts. Our owners, leadership, and teams—who have worked in and around seniors for most of their careers—never met a family who wanted to endure the experience twice. So, from a place of deep understanding and in the spirit of thoughtful service, The Kensington White Plains obtained an enhanced assisted living license (EALR). Acuity care levels and individual needs are met with this licensing, and The Kensington’s approach.
Our Enhanced Assisted Living License
Our license enables us to provide not only traditional assisted living support but also a full spectrum of clinical care that addresses challenging medical conditions. We are trained, staffed, and legally able to care for residents who are the frailest of the frail or sickly. In other words, we welcome residents whose care needs are complex, and we don’t ask them to leave if their care needs become more complex over time.
We believe the comfort of familiarity is precious and an important contribution to the well-being of our residents. As a result, we have ensured our ability to help them easily and comfortably make our home theirs, for as long as they choose. Other nearby communities hold licenses for only a fraction of their beds. If the health of their residents deteriorates to the degree that they require enhanced care, then they must move out if no licensed beds are available.
Here, EVERY BED in our community is licensed for enhanced assisted living support and levels of acuity care. Our care is more comprehensive than that of other nearby assisted living providers, which distinguishes us from these other resources. We are able and willing to assist residents who need:
- Hoyer Lift to support safer transfers
- Feeding tubes, IVs or catheters
- Wound care
- Insulin injections
- Specialized diets, including pureed, for easier swallowing
- Assistance due to movement disorders, and more
- Enhanced memory care support
For a complete listing of the physical and cognitive conditions we can manage, please click here.
Our Ability to Care for Seniors Who Need Specialized Assistance
Our team is one of our proudest contributions to share. We hire and continually train consummate professionals with sharp minds and big hearts. We seek out people who are highly skilled in their areas of expertise and who are driven to serve.
- Our nursing team is generous. A team of nurses is on-site each day, and several are on-site overnight to provide for all levels of acuity care.
- Certified care managers are individually partnered with our residents to support their ongoing needs with services that are clinically comprehensive and personalized.
- A dedicated transportation/scheduling director manages all the details of doctors’ appointments and routinely keeps families in the loop about health concerns, medication changes, and any other information that warrants attention.
Preventive and Proactive Physical Care
We take a preventative and proactive approach when caring for our residents. Our specialized programs are designed to help us ward off illness, preserve physical strength and boost morale.
- Rehabilitative therapies—physical, occupational, and speech—are located on-site, which makes them easy to access with greater frequency.
- Clinical support for our residents includes functional assessments; falls and balance assessments; wellness seminars; and fitness classes to promote stability and increase strength.
- Hydration stations are located throughout the community, and we conduct hydration checks several times a day to prevent dehydration.
- We track weight and blood pressure monthly, or weekly for at-risk residents, to look for changes that signal the potential for an underlying condition.
- We use a bladder scanner to monitor urinary retention, which reduces the chance of infection and the need for catheterization.
- We are equipped to assist residents with high acuity care for chronic challenges including but not limited to congestive heart failure, diabetes, incontinence, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Lewy body dementia, and frontal lobe dementia.
Two-Tiered Cognitive Care Approach
- Our enhanced caregiver-to-resident ratio means more supervision and companionship for residents in the highest acuity dementia neighborhood.
- Cognitive stimulating programs incorporate easy, fun techniques and games to improve and maintain memory function and foster social communication.
- We use music therapy as a vehicle for connection and a bridge to our residents’ memories and to each other.
- Live pet therapy and robopets decrease anxiety and increase interaction with others.
- Pocket programs cater to each resident’s unique interests.
Collaborative Partner Approach
We do best what we know best. But when we need specific insight, services, or expertise, then we appeal to our wide network of specialty providers.
- We partner with trusted specialty experts whenever necessary to help guide our decisions.
- We provide educational programs led by our community professional partners and certified leadership team to keep our families current about topics such as advances in treatment protocols, preferred care regimens, and financial or legal decision-making.
- Our full-time healthcare team, along with a team of physicians and several on-site nurses, work side-by-side to handle crises whenever they arise.
Caring for older adults who are not feeling well or who have multiple medical conditions requires expertise, vigilance, agility, patience, and devotion. We are proud to share that our team here at The Kensington embodies a blend of these qualities. Together, we are committed to taking innovative and progressive steps to make life for our frail residents as joyful, comfortable, and safe as possible.