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When a family, caregiver, community partner or patient contacts The Guest House, a tour and visit may be arranged. If the Guest House seems like the right fit, it may be decided by phone, or at the time of the tour, to schedule a Health, Social and Activity Assessment for the patient with The Guest House staff. During this meeting we will make sure that we can meet each patient’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 can be changed along the way to keep up with any changes in condition. The days of the week will be initially set at the time of assessment. The days can change, adding or subtracting according to patient and family needs. For questions or to request information, please call Debbie Powell at 770-535-1487 or e-mail socialservices@theguesthouse.org.


Eligibility

piano-250Determination for admittance is made using the eligibility criteria as well as the assessment conducted by The Guest House Assessment Team. Baseline eligibility includes ability to assist with transferring, ability to feed self, non-combative behavior and not a persistent wanderer (requiring constant one-on-one supervision). If patients are unable to assist themselves with guidance and reminders, or do not meet the eligibility criteria, they may not be appropriate for Guest House Services. The Guest House professional team may also decide that our services are inappropriate due to certain behaviors and/or conditions that are not suited to a day care setting serving the frail elderly.

Trial Period
The first two weeks that a patient 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 and the individual’s desire to participate in the program. Discharge or an extension of the trial period 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 patient is supported and reassured. In some cases, a shorter length of stay is suggested for this transitional period. After this period of adjustment, a full day is considered to be five or more hours.

Payment
The rate of pay is based on a sliding scale determined by the patient’s income. Qualified patients may be eligible for some financial assistance through State Alzheimer’s funding. Guest House services are very affordable, as we supplement the cost with grants, fundraising events and community donations.