Assisted living, senior day programs and home health care are the basis of a comprehensive program to help seniors and their families that are available at Buckingham Place Senior Services.

In 2002, Buckingham Place opened to provide assisted living and a medical adult day program to greater Princeton-area seniors. Since then, the organization has added a social senior day program, in addition to the medical adult day program and licensed home health care services, making the name Buckingham Senior Services reflect the many services offered.

“We are very excited about adding home health care for seniors who wish to age in place in their own homes, through our licensed home health care program,” said Hillary Murray, Managing Director of Buckingham’s Home Health Care and Marketing. “We pride ourselves on outstanding residential and day programs. Now, that same level of excellence is available to clients in their homes.”

Buckingham hires only experienced and licensed certified home health aides, and provides them with additional hands-on training at the assisted living facility in Princeton. A nurse oversees the hiring process and monitors trainees to ensure they are ready to provide the highest quality personal care.

“Because of this approach, we’re able to monitor the skill set and personality of each home health aide to better match them to meet a client’s needs,” Murray added. “Our clients also meet with the aide before he or she starts the home care assignment, to make sure it’s the right fit.”

Murray says people often choose home care because they don’t wish to leave their homes just yet, aren’t ready to move to an assisted living facility or have a spouse who is able to share in the care of their loved one. Buckingham Senior Services provides important in-home assistance to help seniors stay in their homes as long as possible.

“As care needs change, we offer short or long term stays in our assisted living facility. Seniors may also want to try the day program as a stepping stone to transitioning into the assisted living environment,” Murray said.

Murray encourages interested seniors and their families to visit Buckingham Place. Seniors can give assisted living a try for a few weeks so they can make an informed choice. This trial stay is at Buckingham’s normal daily rate, and is a great way to “test drive” residential living in a community setting. It also gives families the chance to see furnished units, which are available at no additional charge.

“Sometimes, it’s not feasible to move a senior’s furniture,” Murray noted. “In other cases, a senior may be coming from a rehab or other setting. Providing furnished units is easier for the family. Our furniture is included at no additional charge.”

Those interested in adult day care can enjoy a complimentary guest day at Buckingham Place. Seniors may try activities, meet other participants, enjoy lunch and learn about the program.

“We also offer two support groups for caregivers,” Murray explained. “One during the day and one at night. Our evening group includes dinner, discussion and a workshop on a specific topic.”

Murray encourages seniors and their families to call for more information or an appointment: 732-329-8888.

Buckingham Senior Services — Assisted Living, Senior Day Center, Home Health Care. 155 Raymond Road # 1, Princeton. 732-329-8888. www.buckinghamplace.net

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