RESIDENT MEDICAL SERVICES
ANNUAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT– All residents are to have an annual health assessment performed by the resident nurse. All assessments will be done in the wellness suite. The status of residents’ emergency pendant batteries will be determined annually by a resident nurse visit to your apartment.
WELLNESS SUITE (215-855-9701) – This facility is located on the upper lobby adjacent to the Univest Bank.
Resident Nurse Hours: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Nursing services for vital signs, wound care, etc are done: 8:00 to 9:30 am and 4:00 to 5:00 pm
The nursing staff of this office is available to provide routine medical procedures and consultation such as blood pressure checks, weight evaluation, counseling, health related teaching, injections, medication administration, dressing changes, eye drops, and any special treatments as ordered by a resident’s physician.
LABORATORY PROCEDURES – A phlebotomist from Abington Hospital is on-site each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning starting at 8:00 am for those requiring a blood test. The phlebotomist remains there until all those with an appointment are taken care of. Note: appointments for this service must be made at least one day in advance. This is because lab slips for these procedures must be completed by the resident nurse to ensure proper coding and health insurance billing information. An appointment time will be made at that time.
GET WELL DELIVERY SERVICES – This free service is offered to residents whose medical condition may preclude taking lunch or dinner in one of our dining rooms. Contact the resident nursing office by calling 215-855-8484, Ext. 28310, and request an apartment visit for an evaluation. Based on their findings they will determine if your medical condition qualifies for meal delivery by the culinary department.
Once approved, determine what you will order by viewing the menu on either the resident website, the in-house television (Channel 1979 – Touchtown), or by listening to the menu on the telephone (dial 215-855-4317 and press 3 to hear the reading of the daily menu. Then call 215-855-4317 and press 2 for get well delivery service. Your order will be delivered to your apartment.
NURSING SERVICES – AVAILABLE 24/7 – see below
NON-MEDICAL EMERGENCIES – During business hours (7:00 AM to 7:00 PM) call 215-855-4109. After business hours or on weekends, call 215-855-1008 (Security).
ON PREMISES MEDICAL CARE
MEDICAL PROVIDER OFFICE HOURS
Appointments necessary. Please contact nurse ahead of time
- Dr. Samina Seraj (PCP) – 9:00 am
- Dr. David Flynn (Audiologist) – 8:45 – 10:00 am, 1st Monday of the month
- Dr. George Homa (PCP) – 2:00 to 5:00 pm, every other Monday
- Tammy DiBricida (CRNP) – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Dr. George Homa (PCP) – 7:30 to 9:00 am
- Dr. Rick Simon (Podiatrist) – 9:30 am to 12 noon, 4th Tuesday of the month
- Tammy DiBricida (CRNP) – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Dr. Rick Simon (Podiatrist) – 1:00 to 4:00 pm, 2nd Wednesday of the month
- Dr. Stephanie Shearer (PCP) – 1:30 to 4:00 pm, last Wednesday of the month
- Maureen Gardo (CRNP) – 1:30 pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
- (Nurse Practitioner who works with Dr. Shearer’s office)
- Tammy DiBricida (CRNP) – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Tammy DiBricida (CRNP) – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Dr. Leonard Portnoy (Podiatrist) – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, every other Friday
- Dr. Samina Seraj (PCP) – 9:00 to 10:30 am, every other Friday
- Tammy DibBicida (CRNP) – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Debra Moehrle (CRNP) visits monthly schedule varies
- (Works for OnSite Dermatology)
- PCP = Primary Care Physician
- CRNP = Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE – The Volunteer Medical Service Corps(VMSC) of Lansdale provides transportation to hospitals in EMERGENCY situations. This can be expensive and run as high as $1200.00. Only a portion of this is covered by most insurers and families are responsible for the balance. By becoming a member of VMSC you are relieved of responsibility for the balance not covered by your carrier. Individual membership costs $50.00 a year and Household membership is $65.00. One bonus for joining is that members, if not in a life threatening situation, can be taken to the hospital of their choice. For more information go to www.vmsclansdale.com
NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
ACUTE CARE MEDICAL TRANSPORTS INC. 215-368-8639
They offer a full line of ambulance services with a fleet of licensed ambulances. They are available for pre-scheduled transportation by ambulance for outpatient services or doctors’ appointments. For these transports, insurance will be billed accordingly and, when needed, paperwork will be requested at the time of transport, namely Authorizations or Physicians Medical Necessity. Company dispatchers will provide guidance. They will do what they can to assist you through the correct process so that the facility and patient are not liable.
Acute Care Medical Transports is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week for transportation to or from Abington-Lansdale Hospital and Brittany Pointe, As of December 2016, their one-way charge is $48. They will transport wheelchair bound people.
Homestead Taxi Service (located in Lansdale) 215-583-3998 – is available for transportation to or from Abington-Lansdale Hospital and Brittany Pointe. As of December 2016, their one-way charge is $16.00 plus gratuity. They will transport wheelchair bound patients if they can get out of the wheelchair and if the wheelchair is collapsible.
Their hours of operation are:
- Monday-Thursday- 6:00 A.M to 1:30 A.M.
- Friday- 6:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M.
- Saturday- 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M.
- Sunday- 7:00 A.M. to 1:30 A.M.
This service is available for those residents who have downloaded the Uber app onto their cell phone.
Medical Alert devices are located in each apartment and can usually be found in the bathrooms. In the event of a medical need, the button should be pressed firmly for 2-3 seconds and released. Both Medical and Security will receive the signal and personnel from both departments will arrive promptly.
UPGRADE TO MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM
All residents’ medical alert buttons can be used anywhere in any BPE building (apartments, hallways, lobby areas, dining areas, furniture gallery, WBC, OBT, etc.). The buttons do not work outside the buildings. As new residents move in, they are receiving a newer, smaller, water proof system. If current residents would like to receive one of the new models, they can check with the main office and purchase one for $50 (the actual cost is $100 and is shared with BPE).
Also, strategically located throughout Brittany Pointe in the common areas are 3 x 4 inch RED medical alert buttons which operate in the same fashion as those in apartments. Pressing one of these activates a response from the medical and security departments. Take a few minutes and become familiar with these locations as described below.
Scattered throughout the common and private areas of Brittany Pointe are over 100 RED emergency medical alert buttons. When held down for 3 seconds a signal is sent to the Resident Nurse as well as the Security Office who will respond to the site of the alert. Below is a sampling of some of these sites.
- FITNESS CENTER BY THE WATER COOLER
- POOL-ON THE WALL TO YOUR RIGHT AS YOU ENTER THE JACUZZI
- LIBRARY-ON THE LEFT WALL AS YOU ENTER
- VERSAILLES ROOM-ON THE LEFT WALL AS YOU ENTER THE KITCHEN DOOR
- EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE ROOM
- COMPUTER ROOM ON THE LEFT WALL AS YOU ENTER
- BACKSTAGE/GREEN ROOM- REST ROOM AND BOTH DRESSING ROOMS
- FOUNTAIN CAFÉ TO THE LEFT OF THE DISPLAY CASE
- CARD ROOM
- GAME ROOM BY COKE MACHINE
- HALLWAY TO THE GAME/ARTS AND CRAFTS ROOMS-RIGHT WALL
- LAUNDRY ROOMS
- ELEVATOR LOBBIES
- RESIDENT STORAGE ROOMS
- WOOD SHOP
The following are some of the sites that are currently grey. In the near future they will be modified to have a similar red appearance:
- OUTSIDE ENTRY WALL TO THE POOL/FITNESS CENTER
- RIGHT SIDE DOOR TO FITNESS TRAINER’S OFFICE
- LEFT WALL EXIT TO HALL FROM CART ROOM
- DINING ROOM WAITING AREA (TRAIN CABINET) ON WALL EXITING TO LOWER LOBBY
- RIVIERA ROOM WALL BETWEEN DOUBLE DOORS TO FOUNTAIN CAFÉ
- LAFAYETTE ROOM ON WALL TO LEFT OF DOORS TO KITCHEN
- CAFÉ JUST INSIDE ENTRANCE ON WALL FACING TOASTER
- ENTRY TO NURSES OFFICE RIGHT WALL
- MENS’/WOMENS’ LOCKER ROOMS ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT AS YOU ENTER
One never knows when the need will arise to use these emergency buttons. On your travels thru Brittany take some time to familiarize yourself with some of these locations.
FORMS FOR A LIVING WILL AND A HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY
Ever increasing medical advances and a veritable explosion in diagnostic and life sustaining capabilities have led to dramatic increases in life expectancy. We at BPE are living examples and beneficiaries of these phenomena. People are living longer and life into the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 100’s has become more commonplace. But, alas, it cannot go on forever.
What do we want our end of life care to involve? Who do we want to make those decisions? Should it be us or do we want to place the burden and guilt for those decisions on our loved ones?
At the bottom of this paragraph is a hyperlink to an Advance Directive – Planning for Important Health Care Decisions. It contains a legal document – PA Advanced Health Care Directive, a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney, and Living Will forms.
If you do not have these documents on file, you owe it to yourself, your spouse, or your other next of kin to consider making them available to the appropriate health care providers when needed.
Pennsylvania Advance Directive
PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION – Residents may sign up to have prescription medication delivered if ordered thru the CVS pharmacy located at 840 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale (215-362-6303), open 24/7. To participate in this service, residents should go to CVS when they are well to register and provide credit card information. Prescription deliveries will be allotted to Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only. All prescription and over the counter medication orders must be sent in to the pharmacy by 6 PM on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday to ensure next day delivery. Any orders placed after this time will be delivered on the following delivery day. If any holidays fall on a delivery day, deliveries will be made the next day.
The GIFT SHOP stocks quite a few over the counter (OTC) medications. These include a number of analgesics – Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin and other pain meds, as well as nasal sprays, laxatives, antacids and stomach medications. They also carry rubbing alcohol, gauze, band-aids, non-stick pads, witch hazel, cough preparations, cortisone products along with many other useful items.
DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT RENTAL – This equipment is available through REACT – Resident Enterprise Assistance Chore Technicians. This committee has gently used durable medical equipment available for donation or rental. Included are canes, walkers, shower chairs, crutches, and folding beds. These are donation items. Wheelchairs and scooters can be rented for limited periods of time for a weekly charge of $5:00. REACT can also replace batteries on personal wheelchairs or scooters at a considerable saving ($100 – $200) compared to retail price.
Contact resident: Robert Burns
SURGERY OR HOSPITALIZATION AND RELATED REHAB – If a resident is planning elective orthopedic surgery which may require out-patient post-op rehab or a short stay in WillowBrooke Court, or any hospital admission that may require a post discharge confinement, it is important to notify the staff in the HEALTH SERVICES SUITE. Advance notice will allow the nursing staff to prepare for the eventual return to Brittany Pointe Estates.
Hospitalization is sometimes followed by discharge to your apartment. In the event that a resident is incapable of leaving their apartment for meals, delivery service to the apartment is available for up to two weeks if found to be necessary. This service must be coordinated through the resident nursing service otherwise a charge for same will be applied.
WILLOWBROOKE COURT INSURANCE COVERAGE – Traditional Medicare, Part A, pays 100% for the first 20 days of your stay in WillowBrooke Court if skilled care services are deemed to be necessary. Day 21-100 is covered by both your Medicare and Medigap insurance. A daily co-insurance charge may be required depending on your Medigap policy. This coverage ceases at which time you no longer are deemed to need skilled care services. Your monthly ACTS fee covers your non-skilled stay in WillowBrooke Court. Under Part B (doctors, lab work, tests, etc) 80% of charges are covered. If you have supplemental coverage you need to contact your carrier to see if they will cover a portion or all or either of these co-pays. If you have a non-traditional plan coverage, a Health Maintenance/Preferred Provider, or other private coverage, you need to contact your company to determine what benefits are available.
ACTS HOME HEALTH (215-542-9517) Because residents may require a range of services to effectively maintain their quality of life, ACTS HOME HEALTH provides services that are tailored to individual needs. Nurses and aides offer a professional, personalized approach to care and service, regardless of the location of the resident, be it an apartment, OakBridge Terrace or WillowBrooke Court.
Home health aides are available to provide assistance with personal care or medication reminders, while companions may run errands, prepare meals, or do laundry. These services may be for as little as 15 minutes or as much as 24 hours a day. Registered nurses provide case management as needed. Charges are determined on a fee-for-service basis or may be covered by insurance. Up to twelve wellness visits may be available at no charge after a hospital stay or extended illness and are coordinated through the resident nurse.
Working closely with individuals, family members, physicians, and community staff, ACTS HOME HEALTH develops an in-home care program that provides both prescribed procedures and added support services. Arrangements can be made by contacting the ACTS HOME HEALTH office at 215-542-9517.
Note: A complete Fee Schedule for Brittany Pointe Estate Residents including services provided by ACTS Home Health can be found on this website under the tab: Residents Only.
ACTS HOSPICE (267-350-7200) contributes to a meaningful, life-affirming environment for residents with any terminal illness and for their families and caregivers. It can be provided in any environment in which a person lives, whether in an independent, assisted living, or skilled care setting. Physician and nursing services are available as well as medical equipment, supplies, and medications for symptom control or pain relief.
OAKBRIDGE TERRACE – This is the on-campus assisted living facility designed for the individual who can no longer live safely alone in an apartment, but does not need skilled nursing care. It is the place for the individual who needs minimal assistance with bathing, dressing, taking medication or is having trouble with ambulation. Residents are provided three meals a day. Weekly housekeeping services are provided at no extra cost. A laundry room is available to residents or personal laundry services may be contracted at an additional charge. Each room is equipped with an emergency call system, cable ready outlets, a heat pump/air conditioner with individually controlled thermostats, a private bath equipped with assistance rails, and a special shower designed for easy access. The facility is supervised by the Director of Resident Nursing or the Director of Wellness and is staffed 24 hours a day by Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants.
WILLOWBROOKE COURT – This is the on-campus skilled care center and can accommodate residents in both semi-private and private rooms. WILLOWBROOKE COURT offers short-term respite, rehabilitation or long-term skilled nursing care as well as dementia/Alzheimer’s care.
The center is staffed 24 hours a day with nursing staff. Also available are psycho-social counseling services, therapy services and innovative activities programs. Residents are provided three meals a day in addition to between-meal food and beverage offerings. All residents have access to telephone and laundry service. Semi-private accommodations are the standard and there is a per diem charge if the resident elects a private room.
PHYSICIAN BUS TRANSPORTATION – This service is provided by Brittany Pointe on a regularly scheduled basis to enable residents to keep medical appointments. Reservations for transportation to medical sites must be made one week in advance with the receptionist in the main lobby. Appointments with doctors should be made no earlier than 9:30 a.m. The bus driver provides a card with his/her phone number to call when the rider is ready to be picked up for the return trip to BPE. The schedule can be viewed by clicking on the highlighted words that follow:
Transportation Schedule February 2020
AREA HOSPITALS – Click on the highlighted text for information about area Hospitals.