1. What steps do I take if I, or someone I know, is interested in finding out more about The Taft Home?
Please call us to schedule a time to meet you. We may also make home visits and can coordinate transportation as well.
2. How does The Taft Home staff determine what type of services the resident needs?
A comprehensive assessment is completed prior to move-in, after 30 days, and quarterly or upon a change of condition. Input from the resident, their family and physician, assist in the development of an individualized Service Plan. This plan identifies areas in which the resident requires or has requested assistance and notes resident preferences for how those services are to be delivered.
3. What about Medicaid?
The majority of our residents use Medicaid assistance. Individuals need to meet certain financial and medical criteria in order to be eligible. For those individuals lacking in financial resources for care, contact should be made with the local Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities office, or Area Agency on Aging to explore programs and services for which they may qualify. We can direct you to the appropriate agency.
4. Are there Veterans Disability Benefits that I could apply for?
Yes! The VA administers two disability programs, Compensation and Pension. Both entitlements have additional special monthly benefits that can assist eligible Veterans or their Surviving Spouses with the cost of care in assisted living. In many cases, Veteran’s entitlements can provide from 20-50% or even more of the costs of monthly care with tax-exempt awards. The Taft Home uses the legal services of The Center for Elder Veterans Rights, a not-for-profit law firm, to help you understand your Veterans rights and secure these benefits. We can help you today determine eligibility and apply for these important VA disability benefits! Call us to learn more! (503) 223-2144.
5. Are residents allowed to bring personal possessions with them?
Residents may bring their personal possessions and may furnish their own studio apartment however we are also able to furnish resident apartments.
6. How does a resident get emergency assistance?
Each apartment is equipped with an emergency call light system. The emergency response system activates pagers carried by the care staff.
7. What safety measures have been taken to secure The Taft Home?
The Taft Home has 24- hour staffing. The building is also locked in the evening and throughout the night.
The Taft Home also contracts services from an independent security company as well to provide routine daily visits of both the interior and exterior of the community and on- call emergency assistance when/if needed to ensure the maximum safety for our staff and residents.
8. Do you have visiting hours?
Resident guests are always welcome and are encouraged to visit at their convenience. Please feel free to invite your guests to dine with you in the dining room or participate in any of our scheduled activities. We do ask that all visitors be considerate of other residents when visiting (e.g. by recognizing that some residents prefer to retire early in the evening). Guests are not allowed at any time if their behavior interferes with the rights or well-being of other residents. We also ask that residents make arrangements with the Director if guests are expected to stay overnight. Services apart from meals are generally not available to guests. Overnight guests are only allowed on case by case bases and permission has been granted by the Director.
9. If I would like to eat with a resident how far in advance do I need to let you know?
We request that guests notify the staff at The Taft Home 24 hours beforehand if possible.
The best way to get a sense of what The Taft Home has to offer, is to stop by for a visit.