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Assisted living in home-like atmosphere

Thursday, March 9, 2006

EXERCISE CLASS: The residents of Shepherd's View in Alton have exercise class three times a week. Jennifer Deckard, at left, is the instructor.
Shepherd's View is a home away from home

ALTON -- Shepherd's View owners Sheila and Ron Campbell, and Beckie and Randall Combs, said many people confuse their facility with a nursing home. "We want people in the area to understand there is a difference between assisted living/residential care and a nursing home," Sheila said.

Shepherd's View has been in operation at 100 Shepherd's Lane in Alton for five years. The facility is state licensed to care for up to 36 residents. Shepherd's View currently has 19 employees, including Sheila and Beckie and a full-time registered nurse (Sheila) on duty at all times.

"Assisted living is a residential option for seniors who want or need personalized assistance and healthcare. Typically these seniors need help with daily activities (medication monitoring and nutritional needs)," Sheila said.

She said Shepherd's View is not a nursing home. "Our assisted living home is run like a home. We have no budget in the kitchen. We had rather buy and serve ground chuck than ground beef and we do. This is about the people in our area getting to stay in our area. We work with nursing homes like Shady Oaks in Thayer. We understand there is a need for nursing homes and we are not in competition with them."

Sheila said she and Beckie think lifestyle has everything to do with improved health and their home style atmosphere is just what some seniors need. She added that many of the residents from Shepherd's View return home after receiving the help needed following a fall or other injury or illness.

Shepherd's View offers health and wellness services. They offer exercise classes three times a week. The program is set up and taught by a physical therapist who gives residents needed one-on-one care.

Sheila said the Missouri Legislature is currently looking at laws and regulations that guide assisted living facilities in the state. She said at present, Missouri regulations regarding facilities such as Shepherd's View are stringent and she is hoping new regulations will soon take place.

"Our staff here is great. All our staff attends state certification classes. They are CPR certified and have received 20 hours of personal care training which allows them to apply the type of care our residents need," she said.

Both ladies said they invite the community to come by and take a look at Shepherd's View. They said it might offer the home-like setting they or their loved one is looking for, with just the right amount of assistance to make them comfortable.

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