Independent Living

Phone: 215-697-8086

Personal Care

Phone: 215-697-8031

Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation

Phone: 215-697-8005

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Respite Care

Posted on: Sep 30, 2015

A Welcome Reprieve

Respite Care offers short-term stays in our personal care area. Families and caretakers can be assured that their loved one is being cared for by our friendly, certified staff while they are on vacation or enjoy a much-needed rest. It also allows residents an opportunity to experience PPh before making a final decision or while they recuperate before going home. After therapy, respite residents enjoy all the same amenities that are offered to our permanent residents. Many respite care residents enjoy their stay so much that they make PPh their permanent home.

We currently have eight, private, permanent respite rooms available, and two were completely remodeled and redesigned in September of 2015. Both the furniture and the interior decorating was provided by Raymour & Flanagan, and we plan on doing the same for the other six rooms. The following is some additional information regarding respite care at The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPh).

What is respite care?
Respite care is a short-term stay at a senior living community, often in Personal Care (as is the case at PPh) or Skilled Nursing. It is a great option for an older adult who needs some day-to-day supportive services, but still desires independence and the ability to engage in social activities. This type of care can take place on a regular basis (once a year perhaps), or intermittently as needed. The most common reasons for respite care is to provide a break for the care giver, or for the individual in question to recover in a safe and friendly environment from a hospital stay or skilled nursing and/or rehabilitation.

What are the benefits of respite care?
There are many benefits of respite care for both the primary care giver and the resident. For the resident, they will have all of the benefits of being in Personal Care at PPh. Three delicious and healthy meals will be provided on a daily basis in each floor’s dining room. Someone from housekeeping will make the bed each morning. Once a week, the room will be vacuumed, dusted, and completely cleaned. All of the laundry will be taken care of. Best of all, there is complete access and assistance with all of the daily activities that are put on by the Personal Care Activities department.

For the care giver, your loved one’s stay in respite will provide you with a break from your care giving responsibilities. The word “respite” literally means to take a break; to have a reprieve from the daily challenges of caring for an individual. According to The Alzheimer’s Association, using respite care can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life. It can also support and strengthen your ability to be a care giver!

Why do respite at The Philadelphia Protestant Home?
In Personal Care, you will experience a safe and secure environment, which affords privacy and opportunities for socialization in any of the floor lounges. We offer assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and medication administration along with escorts to all activities and meals. As with all the senior living services provided at the The Philadelphia Protestant Home, our staff is committed to ensuring you receive care, comfort and convenience. Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your medical assurance.

“Think of your Personal Care room as your bedroom, and the rest off PPh as your living room.” – Dr. Richard E. Moses, son of a current Personal Care resident

For more information regarding respite care at PPh Contact Us.

What Residents Say

"In my two years at PPh, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPh Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPh while experiencing the offers here.….especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPh, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of residents Jack & Bernice Segal