Somerset Court residents must be capable of either performing the basic personal care needed to meet the requirements of daily living or engage the services of those trained to provide for these needs. Somerset Court staff will work with residents and their family to identify the level of personal service required and assist them in securing such services. We will also work closely with those who have been engaged to assist our residents to make their tasks easier and to minimize the amount of services required.
The services referred to fall into six basic categories: dressing, eating, toileting, transferring/mobility, continence, and bathing.
Dressing - includes the ability to put on and take off all garments and braces or artificial limbs usually worn and to fasten and unfasten them, with or without the aid of equipment. Somerset Court staff is happy to assist our residents if, from time to time, they require a small amount of assistance with this task. However, we are not staffed nor is our staff trained to provide dressing assistance on a continual and repetitive basis.
Eating - a resident must have the ability to feed himself/herself at a normal table setting.
Toileting - residents must be able to, with or without the aid of equipment, get to and from the toilet, get on and off the toilet, and maintain a reasonable level of hygiene. Again, at Somerset Court we are willing to provide assistance in this area from time to time when an occasional need arises. Such times arise in conjunction with a passing illness such as flu or other normal and short-term ailments.
Transferring/Mobility - residents must be able to move in and out of a chair or bed on their own or with the aid of equipment; residents must also be able to get around either under their own power or with the aid of equipment such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs or scooters.
Continence - residents must be able to voluntarily control bowel and bladder functions, or to otherwise maintain a reasonable level of personal hygiene with or without the aid of equipment.
Bathing - residents must be able to independently bathe themselves, including getting into and out of their shower or bathtub. Somerset Court staff will assist a resident when, from time to time, the resident needs assistance getting into and/or out of the bath or shower. Such assistance is usually necessary in conjunction with a passing illness such as flu or other normal and short-term ailments.