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Q: How do I apply?
A: To begin the process, applicants are asked to provide history and physical information. Our form should be filled out and signed by the person’s primary care physician and faxed to Brookhouse. Brookhouse Director of Nursing, Carol Gawrys, will review the information with the prospective resident and will determine if Brookhouse is the best and most appropriate living situation for them. Applicants will be considered on a first-received, first-reviewed basis, based upon the date that the completed and signed application is received by the management of the Brookhouse Home.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: The Brookhouse Home is a community for senior women age 65 and over..
Q: What is a “Rest Home” and how does it differ from Assisted Living or a Nursing Home?
Q: Is there a wait list?
A: It depends. Sometimes there is availability and sometimes there is a wait list. Any applicant, who appears to qualify after Brookhouse management reviews the application, but before any information is formally verified, and for whom a unit is not currently available, will be placed on the Waiting List. The applicant is informed of the approximate wait for a room or placement position on the waiting list.
Q: Do I bring my own furniture?
A: Yes, residents provide their own furniture and decorate their private bedrooms to be their own personal space. Pictures, curtains, etc, may be hung on walls to their liking. Residents also provide their own TV and telephone and pay for those services out of their own personal accounts. All other utilities, food, etc, are included in the Brookhouse room and board.
Q: Is participating in the scheduled meals required?
A: Yes, unless otherwise discussed with our nurse. Our meals are home-cooked by our excellent chef and staff and are enjoyed by our residents. Scheduled meals are important for proper nutrition and for socializing with other residents.
Q: Is Brookhouse Home a smoke-free community?
A: Yes, Brookhouse is 100% smoke-free in all rooms and indoor areas.
Q: Does Brookhouse allow wheelchairs?
A: No. Brookhouse is a very independent environment and does not aid with transfers or lifting, therefore someone who is wheelchair dependent is not an appropriate fit. Also, with the age of the home, there are locations in the home that would not be wheelchair accessible.
Q: Do I handle my own medication?
A: No. At Brookhouse Home, we manage all medications for our residents. Residents’ medications are under lock and key in our nursing office. We can order refills, speak with resident’s physicians on any medication changes and dispense over the counter medications upon physician request as needed. Our nursing staff dispenses all medications to residents as often as needed.
Q: Do residents each have their own bathroom?
A: No. Brookhouse has 36 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms in the home. Residents may use any bathroom they choose.
Q: Is there an elevator in the home?
A: Yes. For safety, all residents are encouraged to use the elevator vs. stairs.