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Friday, February 22, 2019

Home-based assisted living facility seeks clients

Beverly Assisted Living.
Beverly Assisted Living, the only state-licensed home-based assisted living facility for seniors in Annandale, has room for four more clients.

The facility, located in an expanded single-family home at 3408 Beverly Drive, opened last May.
A resident relaxes in one of the common areas.
It has room for eight clients. But just four are living there now – two men and two women, ranging in age from 78 to 92. Two of them have dementia, says owner and founder Allen Wong, “and two are fighting it.”

Each resident has a private room and there are common areas for group activities, TV watching, guest entertainers, and family visits.

While no staff live at the home, there’s always a full-time nurse on the premises and other staff who provide meals, medication management, and whatever personal care residents need, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, and incontinence care. The facility offers physical and occupational therapy, and a physician is on call.

“Activities at the facility are tailored to what the clients like,” Wong says. One of the residents likes to do puzzles, another client is an avid reader, and another likes to feed the fish in the aquarium. The half-acre property is fenced in, so clients can enjoy the backyard when the weather cooperates.

Allen Wong
The cost, $6,000 to $6,500 a month, is usually covered by clients’ long-term care insurance.

“Clients most often come to Beverly Assisted Living because a daughter, son, husband, or wife is overwhelmed trying to care for a loved one,” Wong says.

The first step for families usually hiring a professional health aide to come to their home a few hours a day. That can cost up to $150 a day, Wong says, while a residential program like Beverly Assisted Living, at about $200 a day, provides 24 hours of care – with more peace of mind and less of a  burden on the family.

Anyone interested in visiting Beverly Assisted Living can book an appointment here.

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