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Any one can contact The Guest House to arrange a tour through 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 which is arranged by our Admissions Director along with Nursing and Activities Staff.

During the Assessment meeting we will make sure that we can meet each Guest’s particular needs and discuss additional services with community agencies if appropriate.  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.

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

Eligibility
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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.

General Guidelines Include:

The ability to assist with transferring, the ability to feed ones’ self, non-combative behavior and 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. The Assessment Team determines eligibility, by thoroughly assessing each Guest, one at a time.  We need to make sure we can meet the needs of the Guest and that the family feels safe and reassured.

Trial Period
The first two weeks that a Guest attends The Guest House is considered a trial period. These two weeks are used to determine The Guest House’s 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.

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 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 length of stay is suggested for this transitional 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 some financial assistance through State Alzheimer’s 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.  Guest House services are very affordable, as we supplement the cost with grants, fundraising events and community donations. Families or Caregivers receive a bill from our office at the end of each month.  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, Bobbie Page.