Better Options Adult Family Home specializes in providing high tech, medically intensive, complex, ventilator-dependent patient care in a homelike, private setting.
Better Options Adult Family Home patients generally have complex needs, and are ventilator-dependent.
Better Options is licensed with the State of Washington to provide care for ventilator-dependent patients, and to provide skilled nursing.
Better Options patients have access to staff nurses and CNAs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The medical staff is trained in ventilator care and receives frequent additional in-service training from ventilator and respiratory equipment manufacturers.
Better Options provides an on-call respiratory therapist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We stay in close communication with primary care physicians, pulmonologists and other specialists necessary for our residents’ care.
We provide monitoring equipment for INR/PT level to adjust Coumadin dosage for patients on Coumadin. We work closely with the Coumadin Clinic of Southwest Washington Medical Center.
Two of our six rooms accommodate bariatric patients, and are equipped with special equipment to provide comfort and bariatric patient care management.
Patients are assigned private rooms, and have access to 3 or 4 caregivers for their assistance. The general ratio is 1 caregiver to 2 patients at any given time.
More about our facility and care
Better Options has been in business since 2001.
Better Options Adult Family Homes (AFH) works well for patients in need of 24-hour care.
In our AFH, patients share home health benefits and round-the-clock nursing care, to ensure their needs are continuously covered. RNs, LPNs and nurse’s aides work 8-or 12-hour shifts, 24 hours per day.
The Better Options home is zoned as a single-family residence. Residents have individual bedrooms and live in a dignified, family-like setting.
We do our utmost to ensure a high quality of life for our residents, including considering residents’ food preferences when preparing meals, and taking residents on social outings.
Better Options is unique as an AFH with our nurse-patient ratio, which is 1:2, or maximum 1:3. Occasionally, one nurse is assigned to only one resident patient.
The low nurse-patient ratio allows for close patient monitoring, visual checks, and the ability to instantly register and report changes in the patient’s condition.
Our nurses frequently work with the same one or two patients, keeping their shifts as consistent as possible. This allows for bonding and trust between patient and nurse, which often speeds up the patient’s improvement.
Because our nurses usually work with the same patients, we have good results working with patients with high level of anxiety, a common occurrence for ventilator patients.
The dedicated nursing staff also allows time to engage patients in rehab activities, such as physical therapy and speech rehabilitation.