Holton Home, 158Western Ave Brattleboro VT  05301... setting the standard in elder care since 1892

 

FAQs

Residents - Who Lives at Holton Home?

How big is Holton Home?

We serve 35 residents, all in private rooms.

Who do you serve?

We serve elders who are at least 65 years old.  Most of our residents are in their 80s and many in their 90s.  A few have cars and may volunteer in the community.  Some go for walks around the neighborhood alone.  When the weather is nice, most of our residents enjoy getting outside on the Home’s walkways and in the gardens.   Many are most comfortable leaving the grounds when they’re with someone else who can assist them.  

Do you have men there?

We do, although they are usually outnumbered by women.

Are you a welcoming facility?

Absolutely.  We embrace diversity among all residents and their families.

Do you serve people from outside the Brattleboro area?

Many of our residents come from out of town to be near family members. All are welcome.

Will you take someone who . . . ?

Residents must be able to get to the dining room for meals under their own power although in some circumstances that can include a power wheelchair.  Residents respect the privacy of each other’s rooms and avoid actions/behavior that would compromise others’ quality of life.  Early dementia, including memory loss and some confusion, can often be accommodated.  We can serve insulin dependent diabetics if they are on a regular insulin dose – one that is not variable and based on blood sugar readings.

Services - What does Holton Home provide?

Are you a nursing home?

Holton Home is a licensed residential care home. We provide services and supervision around the clock but not skilled nursing care. Call for help in determining what’s best.

Is there a nurse there all the time?

The full-time RN works Monday – Friday and is on-call at all other times.

Do you help with transportation?

Yes, we can help with medical appointments and we do certain errands for residents, weekly.

My loved one needs a special diet.

We follow all doctor’s orders for diets from diabetic to gluten free.  We can also cut up food before serving it.  Preferences are respected whenever possible.

Finances - Can I afford Holton Home?

Does insurance cover the costs?

Medicare does not but long-term care insurance policies do cover the costs of residential care.  Vermont also has a special Medicaid program called Choices for Care that can help.  In addition to financially qualifying for long-term care Medicaid, care needs must be high enough to qualify for a nursing home, but care can be delivered in our more home-like atmosphere.  Most residents pay for their care with their own funds.

What are your rates?

Holton Home is uniquely affordable. Rates for those who do not qualify for the Medicaid Choices for Care program depend on how much care is needed, and are $131, $147 and $169 per day.  Rates are all inclusive.  Suites, with a bedroom and living room, are 50% more.  For comparison, a private room in a nursing home costs two to three times as much as a room at Holton Home.  For more information on rates, click here.

What services do you get at each level?

Every resident gets whatever they need.  Staff don’t know residents’ daily rates.  They just do whatever is needed and requested.  The Nurse and the Director periodically quantify what we are doing to be sure the right amount is being charged.  We take special pleasure in lowering rates when a resident improves and needs less assistance.

What if we run out of money?

Most residents rely on a combination of income and assets to pay for their care.  If they exhaust their assets and their income does not cover the monthly fee, as long as they’ve been at the Home for three years or more, they pay what they can (according to a state formula) and kind donors help subsidize the rest.

Are you a non-profit?

Yes, we are a 501(c)3 organization. We are mission-driven rather than profit-driven. Gifts to Holton Home are tax deductible.  –   Donate

Transitions - Is it time?

I just need a place for my family member on a temporary basis.

Whether for a few days or the winter, we provide respite care whenever space is available. Perhaps usual caregivers need a break or have out-of-town plans. Assistance may be needed while recovering from an injury or illness. We’re here to help.

How do I know it’s time for this change?

Everyone’s different. Many of our residents tell us they weren’t sure the time had come but once they got here they were surprised to realize how much work it was to live alone. Now they have time and energy to enjoy life. Concerned about your loved one’s forgetfulness? Be sure they’re safe, and make a move while they’re still able to easily learn and adapt to their new home.

I’m worried about how the transition to a new place will go.

Change is always hard but we’ve helped hundreds of elders settle into their new Home. Be assured that with improved nutrition, medication management, personal care and social and intellectual stimulation, you’re likely to see positive changes.

Daily Life - What's it like?

May my loved one continue to enjoy a drink before dinner?

Yes.  Residents are welcome to enjoy a drink in their room or have staff serve them in the dining room.  We also have cocktail parties at which we provide the libations. 

What about smoking?

No, we don’t allow smoking anywhere in the Home or on the grounds.  We refer smokers to other facilities that do not have those restrictions.

Do you allow pets?

Quiet pets are welcome if they can be cared for independently, without staff’s help.  Holton Home is the proud owner of several house pets including Sunshine, the blue canary, and Pumpkin, an orange tabby cat.  The Home also arranges for animal visits throughout the year, including spring lambs and puppies. 

Are there other rules we should know about?

Our biggest rule is, “The residents don’t live in our facility; we work in their home.”  We work hard to live up to that by accommodating residents’ preferences as much as possible.  For example, there are always several choices at each meal and an hour or two during which the meal is served.  If someone wakes up at 2:00 am with a hankering for ice cream, we are happy to oblige. 

Are the rooms private?

All rooms are private and have a private bath, most with a handicapped accessible shower.

May my family member bring their own furniture?

Absolutely. Familiar belongings, from a favorite easy chair to precious photographs, help us all feel at home.

 

 

It is because of our community of kind friends that Holton Home has been able to provide exceptional service to elders for more than 120 years. Thank you.

Holton Home
158 Western Avenue
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Tel: 802.254.4155