When Your Senior Loved One Needs a Little … or a Lot
Finding a loved one a safe and caring place to live, when staying at home is no longer an option, can be overwhelming. There are so many questions and unknowns. However, there are options close by that can make the decision easier.
Legend at Rivendell
Legend at Rivendell, 13200 S. May Ave., Oklahoma City, offers three levels of care, from assisted living, for those requiring minimal care, such as easy access to meals and transportation, to memory care, for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Kerrie Young, sales director, says, “At Legend at Rivendell Assisted Living, you’re as independent as you want to be with as much care as you want or need. Our care plans are built for the individual. Our communities also include a sister property of memory care and independent living in Norman.”
She describes the community as “pretty special in its feel and environment. The staffing makes the difference, and the community is built to support the residents’ short- and long-term needs.” The majority, she says, “will never need to move from our community, allowing them to enjoy a feeling of security. We are mission-focused on making each day the best day for our residents.”
Legend at Rivendell has received top ratings from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and four years straight of deficiency-free ratings. That’s because, Young says, “our family-owned organization sets us apart. Each resident is treated like an individual, and not a number, like family. Our Highlands high-acuity option within our assisted living community makes our community unique. This is a high-touch area that provides 5-to-1 ratio care. Our community provides 24-hour on-site nurses and a high ratio of staff tenure. Several areas tout staff with eight and nine years with Rivendell.”
Young says Legend at Rivendell also is unique in that it offers a resident community engagement program called 100 Days. This is supported by complementary companion services for the new residents. “This allows each resident to be introduced and supported individually as they are introduced to our community,” Young explains. “New residents are supported to ensure the transition is a positive and easy.”
Legend at Rivendell Memory Care
Legend at Rivendell Memory Care, 2800 SW 131st St., Oklahoma City, is Legends’ newest memory care community. Karrie Littrell, sales director, says that this community offers a secure environment with 24-hour dementia-trained staff; Licensed Nurses; and personal assistance with bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, incontinence management and other personal care.
“We take care of the laundry and housekeeping, too, at an all-inclusive rate,” Littrell notes. “And through our Gold Leaf Dining program, residences enjoy three delicious meals per day in warm, comfortable environment that promotes socialization.
“We work to meet the needs of the whole person—physical, mental and spiritual—through our purposeful life-enrichment programs,” she adds, noting that residents’ families are offered community support groups as well.
Legend at Rivendell Memory Care features three separate “neighborhoods” offering individualized care for early, mid- and late-stage dementia residents. “We use a therapeutic robot biofeedback PARO seal named Molly, which significantly reduces the amount of depression and anxiety with our residents, decreasing the need for psychotropic drugs,” Littrell says. “In addition, our residents enjoy weekly trips out of the community to scheduled events and activities.”
Legend at Rivendell Memory Care offers “aging in place,” wherein residents can to transition from neighborhood to neighborhood as their dementia progresses. They partner with area home health and hospice services to meet the residents’ needs.
Legend at Rivermont Trails Independent Living
Legend at Rivermont Trails Independent Living, 800 Canadian Trails Drive, in Norman, is a private-pay, senior apartment community whose goal is to keep its residents independent for as long as possible.
“We implement this in every area of care, from our restaurant-style dining, designed to provide nutrition and socialization, to our active-life enrichment schedule, focused on keeping our residents engaged and fit,” says Kyndle Young, sales director.
“We offer safety and peace of mind to our residents. We have a daily census that ensures every resident has been seen that day by 2 p.m. and a 24-hour receptionist to aid our residents any hour of any day with questions or concerns.
“What sets us apart,” she adds, “is being family-owned and being able to treat our staff and residents as our family. Our residents know that they are cared for and loved in every aspect of their life: mentally, spiritually and physically. Our community turns into a small town of friends and family.”
She adds that Rivermont has “some amazing home health and companion care partners and a local doctor that are able to provide additional care to our residents. With these partnerships. we are able to keep our residents healthier stronger as they age.
“Another benefit to our community is our campus, Rivermont Retirement Community,” she explains. “We host independent living, assisted living and memory care all in one place. The transition from independent living to assisted living or memory care is seamless as we work with our care teams of both communities.”
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All of the Legend communities welcome visitors and invite visitors to drop by for lunch or dinner to check out the quality of meals served. All are top-rated in value and cost. All are private pay and accept long-term care insurance as well as veteran’s aid and attendance benefits. Legend at Rivendell recently engaged Elderlife as a complementary financial consultation for families seeking options.