Admissions Procedure

Anyone can contact The Guest House to arrange a tour with our Admissions Director or Executive Director. It is best to come during active morning or early afternoon hours so that you will get the most accurate feeling of how our days flow. If The Guest House seems like the right fit, it may be decided by phone, or at the time of the tour, to schedule an Assessment for the Guest. The Assessment will be arranged by our Admissions Director along with Nursing and Activities Staff. The Guest will attend and family members or caregivers need to attend.

During the Assessment meeting we will make sure that we can meet each Guest’s particular needs. A Plan of Care for specific medical needs and activities will be developed. The plan will most likely be changed along the way to keep up with any changes in condition.

The days of attendance for each week will be initially set at the time of assessment, but can be flexible. The days can change, adding or subtracting, according to Guest and family needs. We will discuss additional services with community agencies if appropriate.

For questions or to request information, please call Debbie Powell at 770-535-1487 or Email socialservices@theguesthouse.org.

Eligibility

There are No County Residence Limit Requirements. As long as Family, Friends or other reliable transportation can be arranged, any resident of any county or state can attend here. The Assessment Team determines eligibility, by thoroughly assessing each Guest, one at a time. The Guest House staff will make sure we can meet the needs of the Guest and that the family feels safe and reassured.

Guests need to have the ability to assist with transferring, the ability to feed themselves, non-combative behavior and be able to response to redirection and guidance.

The Guest House professional team may decide that our services are inappropriate due to certain behaviors and/or conditions that are not suited to a day care setting serving the elderly.

Trial Period

The first two weeks that a Guest attends is considered a trial period. These two weeks are used to determine our ability to serve a particular individual as well as the individual’s desire to participate in the program. An extension of the trial period, or discharge may be necessary. The Admissions Director will stay in close touch with the family during this trial.

Adjustment Period

It is not unusual for individuals to experience some anxiety or stress during the first few days, or weeks. This is a normal and an understandable response. There are new routines, new faces and new experiences to encounter. The Guest House staff is experienced in handling transitional periods and will make every effort to ensure that the Guest is supported and reassured.

A shorter day – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – is recommended for the trial period. After this period of adjustment, a full day is considered to be more than 5 (five) hours. Within One to Two week’s time, the ability to adjust to the new place and routine can be seen.

Payment

The rate of pay is based on a sliding scale determined by the Guest’s income. Assets are not used to calculate the fee. If the Guest is married, joint income is used as a baseline. Qualified Guests may be eligible for financial assistance through State Alzheimer’s and Dementia funding. There are also some Scholarship funds available on occasion each year. There is a One-time $49.00 assessment fee which is collected following the assessment meeting. Families or Caregivers receive a bill from our office at the end of each month.

Services provided by The Guest House are very affordable. We supplement the cost with grants, fundraising events and community donations. Unless there is a Waiting List for services, arrangements may be made to accommodate each Guest’s financial needs, with review and approval of the Executive Director.

Billing questions can be addressed by Debbie Powell in Admissions or by our Financial Manager, Sandra Martin.

The Guest House
360 Oak Street, Suite A
Gainesville, GA 30501

Phone: 770-535-1487
Fax: 770-536-4264

www.TheGuestHouse.org