Horizon House is committed to providing a continuum of healthcare for all its residents—a range of comprehensive services that support our strong philosophy of independent living and “aging in place.” Unique to our retirement community is a seven-day-a-week Medical Clinic and assisted living program we call Supported Living, as well as our extensive Wellness Program.
Horizon House supports the desire of residents to remain in their own apartments in Independent Living for as long as possible. An anchor for “aging in place” is our Medical Clinic, which provides a comprehensive spectrum of services to make this goal achievable. The Clinic specializes in Geriatrics and is staffed by a full-time Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and licensed nurses who support residents with medication management needs, case management, monitoring of chronic health conditions, and coordination of medical appointments. We are also proud to partner with providers for dental care, audiology, and podiatry services. Additionally, Horizon House has its own home care company: Horizon Home Care collaborates closely with the Medical Clinic team to ensure those residents in need of additional support have the best quality of life possible while remaining in their own Independent Living apartments.
Supported Living is Horizon House’s version of assisted living, a residential healthcare program, for those who benefit from a more supportive environment that includes nursing services. This model operates under Washington State Assisted Living regulations and combines a wide range of care and services to address the individualized needs of residents in a home-like environment. We offer licensed nursing and elder care assistants (nursing aides) twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Supported Living is designed to meet residents’ social, mental, spiritual, and healthcare needs. Long-term residency with nursing support services, as well as short-term respite care for residents of our community who may require intermittent nursing services, are both available. Our model of care also includes a higher level of support with activities of daily living for residents who are recovering from illness or injury and dementia care.
Recently we have experienced a marked increase in the demand for our Supported Living services. Horizon House residents in Independent Living apartments are aging and more of them need this type of care. Also, our Supported Living residents are living longer due to the quality of care and support they receive. From all our research and the experience of retirement communities nationwide, it appears that this trend will only continue. As a result, the Horizon House Board of Trustees recently approved an expansion of Supported Living. Over the course of the next year and half, we’ll remodel eight Independent Living apartments in our East Tower to create 17 new Supported Living apartments, all of which will be contiguous with the current Supported Living campus.
An important category of care within Supported Living is Memory Support. This memory care “neighborhood” provides a secured environment with a higher staff ratio for our residents who benefit from such a milieu. We recently renovated our Memory Support neighborhood to provide for more common areas, a state-of-the-art spa, and brighter spaces. Of the 17 new Supported Living apartments, nine will be part of Memory Support.
Supported Living is a healthcare model that brings care and services to the resident, where the focus of each day is living and enjoying life. Staff and residents alike create the gracious home-like environments we pride ourselves on—truly living and working together in the spirit of community.