Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care Needs Assessment

Before a senior moves into Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care, our staff thoroughly assesses the potential resident's cognitive and physical health.

It's important to note that while doctor's notes are essential for documenting a senior's medical history, we do not solely rely on this information for admission purposes.

As part of our admissions process at Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care, we have our director of nursing meet with each prospective resident. We may also meet with family members, caregivers, and therapy partners to thoroughly evaluate how the prospect performs their activities of daily living (ADLs) and any assistance they may need to complete these tasks. 

We will look at the possible need for assistive devices, monitoring of chronic illnesses, special dietary requirements, medication management, assistance with bathing and dressing, and other care needs.

Our assessment determines the level of care required, the services we can provide, and the costs associated with those needs. We will then use the assessment to develop an individualized, structured care plan.

While some assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes may not use such a detailed evaluation process, we have found that conducting this assessment best determines residents' required level of care and services. This process also more accurately determines the monthly fee.

New Resident Care Level Assessment Criteria

The Fall Risk History of the Senior 
  • Has no history of falls.
  • Has had one fall in the last three months.
  • Has had more than one fall in the last three months.
The Seniors Mobility
  • Is independent in their mobility.
  • Requires reminders to use assistive devices.
  • Requires assistance (one or two persons) for transfers.
  • Requires assistance to utilize a wheelchair.
The Seniors Awareness and Orientation
  • Shows clear orientation and awareness of people, places, and time.
  • Exhibits occasional confusion and some difficulty remembering details. 
  • Needs some prompting to recall details.
  • Requires regular prompting due to disorientation and confusion.
  • Displays severe cognitive deficits and a history of poor judgment, creating potentially unsafe situations.
Level of Bathroom Assistance Needed
  • Requires a two-person lift/assist when toileting.
  • Needs assistance managing bowel or bladder.
  • Requires periodic reminders to go to the bathroom.
  • Needs reminders to use protective garments.
  • Manages to toilet independently and is continent of bladder and bowel.
  • Handles protective or assistive devices independently and is continent of bladder and bowel.
  • Experiences intermittent episodes of incontinence.
We encourage potential residents and families to thoroughly review all aspects of the Birches community and staff. 

Selecting the right home for your senior family member begins with a proper resident assessment. We encourage family members to attend the resident evaluation to better understand how our community determine the required level of care. We believe this knowledge will assist in future care decisions as the resident's abilities and needs change.

Ongoing Evaluations

It is a standard practice of Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care staff to periodically conduct ongoing evaluations of our residents. These periodic evaluations ensure their abilities and care needs are reflected in our staff's planning. 

The frequency of ongoing evaluations depends on state-mandated care plan assessments and whether a resident's capabilities are declining. While state regulations vary, at a minimum, a reassessment should be conducted annually, even if a resident does not show any decline. 

Needs assessments are essential for seniors, whether living at home or moving into senior housing, to continually assess the services required for their care. We encourage family caregiver involvement in ongoing evaluations. Family presence at care plan meetings with Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care staff will ensure the best care of their family member and clearest communication possible. 

If you have any questions call us at 630-789-1135. We are here to help.