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Aster Estates owner shares information during assisted-living week
A game of dominos attracts players at Aster Estates, a local home-plus residence. From left to right are: Betty Curtin, staff member; Doris Johansen, resident; Pam Lewis, owner and resident; and Scott Thein, resident.

In many instances, the decision to move into an assisted-living or long-term-care environment is based on some type of medical emergency.

Aster Estates is here to prevent that from happening.

Pam Lewis, owner and registered nurse, wanted to share information about the different type of environment Aster Estates offers in observance of National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 12-18.

“We encourage people to make informed decisions about when and where to move before the emergency makes the decision for them,” Lewis said. “They deserve the opportunity to make their own decision.

“Aster Estates promotes a style of living that promotes independence with caring professionals on staff,” added Lewis. “This type of care is often referred to as ‘home-plus.’”

The spacious home is located at 155 NW 10th Ave., a short distance from the city limits on the west side of North McKinley. Lewis’ mother lives there. A few openings are available.

“If someone is living at home but may be failing a little, home-plus might be the answer,” Lewis commented. “For example, you might realize you are not eating right, getting a bit confused about when to take your medications, having troubles with mobility or falling behind on your personal care.”

“The home-plus setting allows us to tend to your individual needs, while you remain in command of your life. It is the best of both worlds.”

Lewis collaborates with local home-health and hospice agencies in case a resident needs more in-house services or end-of-life questions arise.

“Residents here can age in place and not have to change their living arrangements later in life,” she said. “Local agencies can bring their services to Aster Estates. Continuity of care is so important.”

The 3,600 square feet of living space offers privacy, as well as social interaction. The staff includes certified nurse’s aides and a certified medication aide.

The residence was totally remodeled and most suites have either full baths or half baths. A state-approved fire-alarm system was installed.

Other features include: three home-cooked meals a day and snacks; swimming pool for water aerobics and relaxation with supervision; fishing pond; outdoor pool table and firepit; and large outdoor sitting/activity area.

When a resident chooses, Aster Estates staff members provide transportation to appointments and are available to attend doctor’s visits.

“This truly is a home environment, not just an institutional building trying to create a home environment,” Lewis commented. “Everyone has their private space but they can welcome visitors anytime. We are our own small community.”

For more information, call 620-617-4281.