Avonlea Cottage of Dixon

Offers Memory Care

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503 Countryside Lane, Dixon, IL 61021
Call (815) 240-9489
Avonlea Cottage of Dixon (815) 240-9489

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What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?

Monthly required and paid In-Service meetings are taught by our Director of Nursing for all Staff. The subjects vary from "Activities in Music" to a "Virtual Experience of Living with Dementia". Subjects required by the Ill Dept of Public Health including Sexual Harassments and Abuse Reporting are also covered.

How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?

Our Ratio of Staff to Residents is very HIGH. This is the MODEL of our service which sets us apart from Nursing Homes. We have one or two CNAs and one Licensed Nurse per every 7 Residents during the DAY, and one CNA and one Licensed Nurse per every 8 Residents during the night. Our Staffing of Licensed Nurses at night is very important to our Residents. We do staff appropriately when we care for those who are two-assist.

What programs or activities does Avonlea Cottage of Dixon offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?

We do keep a Calendar of Events which is carried out by our Activities Director. These are games, puzzles, music, etc which are done in groups and/or individually, as the Resident is capable. Because of our smaller size, the Staff has more time to visit with the Resident during care, and get to know their likes, dislikes, their past employment and family make-up, and their personality. The Staff are very conscious of treating the Resident with dignity and respect.

Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?

The Initial Assessment is completed by our Director of Nursing, along with the Admissions paperwork from the Primary Doctor upon Admission. The Care Plan is developed from this Assessment, and is updated annually or bi-annually, or as often as necessary. Staff are trained to recognize changes in cognitive function, and open lines of communication between the Staff, Family POA, and Doctor enable a effective Care Plan.

What techniques does Avonlea Cottage of Dixon use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?

Mealtimes are in the large dining room all together. Staff is available for conversation, aiding in "cueing" the Residents who need reminders, or actually "feeding" Residents who need assistance. Mechanical soft, pureed, and home-made meals are easy to eat and very tasty. Each meal consumption is noted on each Resident's chart daily.

How does Avonlea Cottage of Dixon keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?

The Director of Nursing is available for calls anytime for questions on Residents health and well-being. The Nursing Staff update the Family POA if there is a sickness, injury, or otherwise notable change in the Resident's health. Face-time, video, phone, and in-person visits are all recommended to assure that your loved one is well and safe.

Describe the neighborhood around Avonlea Cottage of Dixon. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?

We are in a very nice neighborhood, and the Residents enjoy watching people walking, children riding bikes, and can see the changing seasons. The streets are quiet, and we enjoy sitting out under the front covered porch, or the back patio when the weather is nice.

Is Avonlea Cottage of Dixon affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?

Our Medical Director has hospital privileges at KSB of Dixon and CGH of Sterling. Our Medical Director makes rounds twice per month, and is On-Call, so there is no need for the Resident to "go out" or wait in a waiting room. Lab work can be done on site, and the Pharmacy is available 24/7. More information is available upon request.

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  • All Inclusive Rent
  • Entry Fee
  • Fee Structure Extra: Entry Fee Cost : $1000
  • Memory Care Starting At: $5319/month

Health services

  • Nurse On Staff: Yes

General

  • Resident Capacity: 20
  • Respite Care
  • Minimum Age: 55
  • Pets: No Pets Allowed

Licenses

  • Licenses: 5107336
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About Avonlea Cottage of Dixon

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Avonlea Cottage of Dixon is a beautiful Memory Care community that provides exceptional care in a secured, home-like setting. Locally owned, we are the only stand-alone Memory Care home within an hour surrounding Dixon IL. Our light and airy, large ranch-style home with 15 BR and 16 baths designed for Alzheimer's and dementia residents, features an open layout of the Great Room, Kitchen, and Dining Areas. Our total census is only 20, so we are small enough for our Staff to give great care and get to know the residents personally. We are also safer, because we have a smaller number of Staff coming and going throughout the week. Resident care is the number one priority, and all programs and procedures are designed to provide the best care in the area.

We take pride in the fact that our program at Avonlea Cottage of Dixon is designed to ensure the best quality of life for our community members. We believe that a structured environment allows us to provide support and comfort to those in our care. Our priority is to make sure our members and their families realize that life after diagnosis can still be full and enjoyable. The Avonlea community provides round-the-clock monitoring and care in a safe environment. The family at Avonlea provides a stimulating environment for all of our community members.

The Avonlea Cottage services have been designed to help our community members to maintain a sense of dignity that may be lost in a traditional nursing home or hospital. When our loved-ones grow older, it may become more difficult for them to complete tasks they previously performed with ease. This is normal and does not mean they will have a lower quality of life. We want our members to be social, physically active, self-reliant, and to be themselves within Avonlea.

Our memory care community is an excellent choice for individuals that may require a helping hand with their personal care and other needs. Our staff works with the community members and their families to individually tailor the level of personal assistance provided so that the member is well cared for and allowed some degrees of freedom. The level of assistance can be adjusted at any time as the needs of the individual change.

Scheduled activities include:

  • music
  • exercise
  • outside porch
  • story time
  • Memory Joggers

What Makes Us Special

We are locally owned, and the owners are on-site daily and members of the Networking Lee County community. We make policy and decisions based upon the needs of our residents and their families. As soon as Covid restricted visiting access, we started Facetime and Video calling for our Residents. Recently we moved to outside Porch visits, so our families can look into the eyes of their loved ones and know they are safe and cared for. With cold weather coming, we are making arrangements to move our in-person visits inside, to continue open communication for the physical and emotional well-being of our precious Residents.

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