Studies have shown that two out of every three Americans who reach the age of 65 will need long term care services or support. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America, aging in America has changed due to life saving drugs which allow millions to manage chronic health conditions which may have required hospitalization or nursing home care in the 1960’s. ``Assisted living has become synonymous with a philosophy of care that allows seniors to age with dignity, independence and choice,’’ said Richard Grimes, the President and CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America, the nation‘s leading association for professionally managed assisted living providers.
As a health care provider, serving as an on-call dentist for an assisted living facility, it was obvious to me that transporting residents from Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) to their primary care givers was not meeting this mission of dignity, independency, and choice. The families of these residents had to coordinate the medical visits and if they could not arrange to take their loved one to the appointment themselves, they had to hire someone to do so. I thought, perhaps, as an alternative, care could be given to residents on site. However, it seems that the only options for facilities for on site care were in the patient's bed, the on site hair salon, common areas or the patient's shower. Could a medical center be designed that through which a dentist, podiatrist, dermatologist, cardiologist, audiologist, optometrist etc. rotate through to provide care on different days? After 18 months of research and consultation with the best minds in the medical industry, it was concluded that the need for a medical center in ALFs across the country exists and is not only an added amenity for these facilities and their residents, but someday may be mandated by our government.
I have designed and manufactured just such a facility. It is the first of its kind in the world; Aleydis Centers LLC of St Joseph Michigan is the only company in the world to design, install, service and supply a treatment room through which various health care providers can rotate. Dentistry, Podiatry, Cardiology, Dermatology, Audiology, Optometry, Psychiatry, and Physical Therapy are all medical services that can be performed at an Aleydis Center.
Aleydis Centers are identical, insuring ease of use and conformity of care and are designed with patented components. Each center provides a multi-functional, sterilized, medical hub which can be designed to integrate into the existing facility plan or via new construction. Off-site emergency care will be improved as the facility plan features electronic medical record keeping and imaging capabilities which allow for easy transmission for referral and emergency room needs. It can also be the designated location for consultations with providers and for emergency care in the unlikely event of a disaster.
Access to standard health care becomes more and more burdensome as one ages. Senior citizens often lose their driving privileges becoming reliant on family members or hiring adjunct care givers to get them to doctors offices for appointments. No longer will seniors put off their care or suffer in silence not wanting to be an inconvenience to their families. No longer will these individuals be shuttled to and from doctors offices being exposed to others infections or fearing slipping on the ice in winter months. These rooms are called Aleydis Centers after Saint Aleydis who was blind and suffered from leprosy. Aleydis Centers LLC has the mission of increasing access to care while decreasing costs for certain segments of the population. It is a radical new way of delivering care on site with the patient as the focus. A facility with an Aleydis Center will give the resident and their family members the assurance that care is given to the highest standard, with dignity, and with the necessary infection controls.
To learn more about Aleydis Centers contact Dr. Boekeloo at firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Dr. Stuart Boekeloo ND MBA '90, President Aleydis Centers LLC, St Joseph MI