THE DIFFERENCE: ASSISTED LIVING VS. PERSONAL CARE
In 1970, Joan Berdiner started Brereton Manor, the first Assisted Living Home in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, many of the Pennsylvania’s original Assisted Living facilities were patterned after the success of Brereton and our original founder’s vision of creating a truly homelike residential setting for the elderly. As the needs of her residents increased and the state licensing process became more restrictive, it was decided that Brereton Manor would serve as a “Personal Care Home” rather than as an “Assisted Living Facility.”
“Assisted Living” is a designation for licensed residential facilities that offer a lower level of care than either “personal care” or “nursing” homes. Residents who thrive in assisted living homes generally need little in the way of assistance with their activities of daily living (ADLs) and are often capable of commuting to jobs outside the residence with some support and supervision. Assisted living homes are required to provide a kitchenette in each resident’s room to encourage continued independence. “Personal Care Homes”, on the other hand, do not include private cooking areas for the residents and offer more in the way of assistance with dressing, bathing, incontinence care, etc. The risk of having individual cooking facilities combined with the additional staff necessary to adequately supervise the “independent” residents can result in “assisted” care being more expensive than “personal” care.
Our personal care facility is in beautiful Washington Boro, just a short drive from the nearby towns of Lancaster, Harrisburg and York, PA. Brereton Manor has only twenty-five bedrooms of varying size, each with a private bath. This allows us to accept married couples as residents as well as offer a range of prices based on room size. We are proud to have one of the very best staff to resident ratios in the state – currently, we employee thirty staff members to serve twenty-five seniors – and we are dedicated to ensuring that each of our residents receives the individualized attention that will provide optimum health.
Assisted Living and Personal Care services both include assistance with “Activities of Daily Living – ADLs”
- Personal Grooming
- Incontinence Care
- Monthly weight and blood pressure monitoring
- Medication Administration
Level 2 Care at Brereton Manor
Residents of Brereton Manor have the option of receiving Level 2 Care. This provides them with services beyond those that might be offered in most personal care homes. These services include:
- Colostomy care
- Follow-up care after a hospital stay
- Physical or occupational therapy per doctor’s orders