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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Long Term Care?
At The Washington Home, it includes medical care and skilled nursing care which encompasses help with eating, bathing, dressing, transferring from a bed to a chair, toileting, and other activities.

2. Who provides the long-term care?
The Washington Home employs the most qualified, knowledgeable, long-term care professionals in the Washington, DC area. Interdisciplinary care teams include physicians, RNs, LPNs, certified nursing assistants, a chaplain, social workers, rehabilitation and recreation therapists and volunteers.

Affiliations with local hospitals and other health care facilities enable us to effectively address more acute resident care needs

3. How many rooms are there? Are they private?
Private, brightly lit, spacious rooms are essential to our resident's quality of life and independence. There are 113 private (single) rooms for long term care. Each unit has cable TV access and a phone.

4. Does The Washington Home allow people to bring furniture from home?
Each room is equipped with a bed and bedding, a dresser with mirror and one chair. There is enough space in the room for one additional chair and bookstand. Residents are encouraged to bring photographs, artwork and other special personal belongings to truly make The Washington Home their home.

5. How is the food?
We take pride in our delicious meals provided at The Washington Home. Our kitchen is equipped to cater to special diets. We also have a registered dietician and nutritionist on staff to help accommodate our residents with special dietary needs or restrictions.

6. Is there a place to host a party or gathering for my loved one?
You can hold a gathering in our sunny Garden Room, the warm Library, one of our conference rooms, or in the social area of each unit. During nice weather one of our several outside courtyards is a wonderful place to plan a get together for your loved one. We also encourage all loved ones to come and dine with our residents.

7. What types of payments are accepted?
All payment types are accepted.

8. What types of activities are provided?
At The Washington Home we enjoy opera, go on trips, read, create, garden, play with pets, play bingo, and of course celebrate holidays and birthdays.

We have a diverse group of friends, including students, employees from local businesses, prominent community members and dignitaries from many foreign nations whom come to visit and entertain our residents. Although we promote activity and socializing, we also respect the privacy, dignity, and choice of the residents we serve.

9. What does the cost include?
Our rates are structured to be reasonable and competitive and include many services in the daily initial rates that are used by almost all residents. Included in the daily initial rate, at no additional charge to the residents is:

  • Skilled nursing care
  • Daily living care
  • Meals and snacks
  • Nutrition care, therapy and counseling
  • Therapeutic activities, including entertainment, parties for residents and pet therapy
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • 24-hour security and RN supervision
  • Social work and volunteer services
  • Pastoral care and bereavement services
  • Medical record administration

10. How can I prepare a loved one for placement in a long-term care facility?
It is important to involve your loved one in the decision making process as much as possible. Accompany them to the facility to meet some of the caregivers and take a tour. If that is not an option, then share literature on the facility with them.

Allow your loved one to be heard as they express both their positive and negative feelings. Constant reassurance of your support and involvement will help decrease feelings of abandonment. The initial adjustment phase can be a time of great anxiety. Make sure to be present on the day of admission, meet the staff and show your interest in your loved one's well being. Most residents adjust quickly and within one to three months a sense of calm and contentment is present for both the resident and their family.

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