Questions

If you have questions that aren’t answered below, please send us an email or call us – we’re happy to help you!

What makes the Birchwood House different than other Assisted Living Facilities or Group Homes?

You will find that the house layout provides residents with many comforts in a home-like environment while at the same time offering opportunities to share experiences and conversation with people who are living with similar symptoms.

Do you accept Medical Assistance (MA) payments and how can I obtain more information about the various programs available to pay for services?

Due to the limited reimbursement from MA programs, we can accept a minimum number of residents on MA. We suggest you setup a Long-Term Care consultation with your county social worker. We will then work with the social worker to determine how much aide you will qualify for through Medicaid programs.

What is the Elderly Waiver Program?

The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and require the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) operates the EW program under a federal waiver to Minnesota’s Medicaid State Plan. Counties administer the program.More information may be obtained by clicking on the below link.

Elderly Waiver Program

Is there enough room for family and friends to visit?

One of the major benefits is that it provides multiple private and common areas for friends and family to visit. Most of the bedrooms include a fold-out sleeper sofas and visitors are also welcome to utilize two guest bedrooms on the lower level.

Do residents have choices as to the types of meals they wish to eat or the times for serving meals?

Weekly meal menus and recipes will be selected and reviewed with residents well in advance. Raw foods and drinks are purchased based on input and feedback from residents and/or their family members while also in coordination with physician orders and other appropriate nutritional guidelines.

Are there exercise programs and activities for residents living at the house?

Physical exercise and movement is a vital aspect for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s. We incorporate music and entertainment into each individual resident’s daily routine. These might include a formal exercise period for sitting and standing in our exercise room or dancing to music or playing other games such as WII bowling or golf.

We are also mindful of scheduling exercise activities around each resident’s daily routine to ensure they have an adequate energy level and when their meds are working best.

How will you customize a care plan and living arrangement to meet my father’s or mother’s interests and life style?

Everyone is different when it comes to daily routines, values and life style. During the first month of occupancy our approach is to develop a Supportive Care Reference Guide for each resident. We work with you, family, physicians and partners to create the reference guide. The guide includes important information specific to each resident’s medical profile, physicians, important contacts, daily routines, plans of care, exercise, family, interests and activities and much more.