Adult foster home open to patients on ventilators
By JEWISH REVIEW
article created on: 2008-11-01T00:00:00
Of the 300 adult foster care homes in Vancouver, Wash., only one is equipped to handle ventilator care patients, and it is co-owned by a member of the Jewish Business Network in Vancouver.
Faia Stevenson and Alla Polyakov, partners of Rite Choice, LLC, have opened the first of two homes that will be dedicated to ventilator care patients. This home is located at 15208 NE 25th Circle, Vancouver. Stevenson is a member of the Jewish Business Network.
A ventilator is an automatic machine that mechanically moves breathable air into and out of the lungs and is used on patients who are unable to breathe on their own or are breathing insufficiently. Patients who need ventilator care are those who have suffered neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases, head traumas or strokes.
Stevenson and Polyakov, who have a combined 16 years of experience, have been trained to manage the intensive care these patients need.
They have hired specially trained staff at a ratio of one nurse to three patients to ensure the high quality care.
Stevenson’s home, which is open to new residents, operates under the name of Better Options for Elders AFH. It also follows the principles of The Eden Alternative which believes that aging should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period of decline. Adult care home owners like Stevenson, who subscribe to this philosophy, strive to enrich the lives of their residents by giving them the opportunity to care for living things such as companion pets and gardens.
For more information about Rite Choice services, call 360-607-8028.