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About Carillon Assisted Living
Carillon Assisted Living is North Carolina's sole locally owned and operated provider of licensed assisted living homes.
Founded in 1996, Carillon Assisted Living strives to be a premier provider of assisted living residences for seniors in North Carolina. The founders of Carillon, a private company, desire to provide a high standard of care for seniors, especially individuals living with Alzheimer's.
As Karen Moriarty, Carillon's founder, president, and CEO, says: "Our residents come to Carillon because they have a life to live, and they don't want that life to be defined by what they can no longer do for themselves."
Carillon's first community opened in 1997 in Asheboro, N.C., and the company has grown to offer 15 communities serving nearly 1,000 seniors. Carillon's existing communities have capacity for up to 1,504 residents, according to data from the Assisted Living Federation of America, which ranked Carillon as the 63rd largest provider of overall assisted living services in the U.S.
Moriarty says Carillon's communities are among the most highly rated by state regulators with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She adds: "The journey has taken us from a fledgling enterprise in a market long dominated by national chains to a leading provider of North Carolina homes and services for seniors."
Carillon plans to grow to 20 communities by late 2014, with has a presence in these North Carolina towns: Clemmons, Cramer Mountain, Durham, Fayetteville, Fuquay- Varina, Harrisburg, Hendersonville, Hillsborough, Huntersville, Knightdale, Lincolnton, Monroe/Indian Trail, Mooresville, Newton, North Raleigh, Newton, Salisbury, Southport, Shelby, and Wake Forest.
Carillon provides quality, licensed care and service. Being licensed means seniors will be taken care of in a community with physician-certified care plans, medication administration and staff members that are trained and prepared to assist its senior residents.
Improving Senior Care
Carillon's commitment to senior care is seen in its leaders' involvement in senior health issues in North Carolina as well as nationally. The company sets a high bar for itself to provide exceptional care, and Carillon's leaders have been involved in helping better care and service delivery for individuals with Alzheimer's and other seniors in North Carolina.
Carillon's mission is "to provide high quality care for our residents while seeking to enrich their physical, social, and emotional well-being." The company says its philosophy stems from the premise that assisted living should be based on possibilities instead of limitations.
Carillon's management team includes a chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and vice presidents of operations and development, as well as regional directors of operations, dining services, and facility maintenance. Carillon's leaders also include a director of clinical services, construction, and communications and media. These individuals have experience in the senior industry, health care sector, and/or corporate world.
The communities Carillon's leadership has created and continues to develop in North Carolina seek to help seniors live life to its fullest while staying connected to the life and family they know and love.
Carillon describes its communities as "vibrant, engaging places that inspire and enable seniors to live their best life." Carillon's services are focused on meeting the wellness and health needs of seniors even as those needs change over time.
Whether seniors desire to live an active, independent life or need assistance, Carillon's communities aim to offer "uncompromising care and quality." When seniors choose Carillon as their home, Carillon's staff serves them in an effort to better residents' emotional, physical, and social well-being.
Carillon knows seniors may need help with the tasks of daily living such as housekeeping, meal preparation, and taking medications, but its staff also encourages seniors' independence. Carillon's senior residents are supported in their efforts to continue to live a full, joyful life.
Carillon's communities bridge the gap between keeping seniors connected to things they enjoy about their lives while encouraging them to explore and engage in new interests.
Studios and suites are available in Carillon's communities, as well as private of semi- private apartments. Seniors can bring their own furnishings to Carillon, which can make them feel more at home.
Instead of ala carte pricing, Carillon offers all-inclusive rates as its seeks to be accessible to seniors with a variety of budgets. With no extra fees or costs, seniors and their families also can plan their budgets for the duration of long-term care and feel as if they are making a good investment in assisted living.
The monthly rate covers amenities and services, including: three nutritious meals daily in the community dining room; housekeeping and personal laundry services; utilities (except for telephone and cable TV); medication management; and social events and wellness activities. In addition, residents can ride in the community van to shopping and other outings.
A licensed nurse is available when needed at each Carillon community, and the staff can assist residents with transportation to doctors' offices.
Some residents may be eligible for state assistance, depending on their assisted living care needs. A program for veterans could provide up to $2,000 per month to help pay for assisted living costs as well; a local Veterans Administration office can provide details about qualifying for financial assistance.
Providing a Short-Term or Long-Term Home
Some people choose Carillon for their new home, with plans for a long-term stay. Even if a senior resident needs hospice, home health care, or physical therapy, all of those needs can be accommodated in a Carillon community. Individuals can feel comfortable using a walker or wheelchair in a Carillon property.
In some cases, a senior may need to receive rehabilitation after a surgery in another setting and then return home to Carillon.
But if a resident only needs a short-term stay, Carillon is an option for seniors in need of respite care. Carillon offers month-to-month leases in those emergency care situations, on a temporary basis, for a short-term home away from home.
Family members of seniors who serve as their main caregivers may find respite care necessary if they need to go out of town for work or vacation, or in the case they experience an emergency that requires them to secure additional caregiving help for their parent.
A short-term stay in a Carillon community also is a way for a senior to give Carillon a trial run and determine whether Carillon should be the next permanent move for them.
Accommodating Seniors with Alzheimer's
For seniors dealing with Alzheimer's, Carillon has created The Garden Place, which offers a therapeutic approach to dealing with the disease in a secure, safe, stimulating, and supportive setting. Carillon's communities offer The Garden Place as a friendly home for seniors who are in the early to mid stages of Alzheimer's.
Seniors who live in The Garden Place, which has patios and a garden, and daily physical, cognitive, and spiritual activities, don't feel as if they have been put in a nursing home or institutionalized setting. Instead, Carillon's trained team members in The Garden Place provide compassion, dignity, and respect to seniors and offer care that adapts to their needs as they change with Alzheimer's.
Seniors with Alzheimer's can find comfort living in a setting where some families even could see their emotional state and cognitive functions improve, the company says.
As Alice Reynolds, executive director of Carillon Assisted Living of Durham, N.C., says: "What really sets Carillon apart is that we keep our promises to seniors and their families. We promise a life of uncompromising care from day one, and we deliver on that promise every day after that."
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