Elements of an Assisted Living Facility

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Bruno D’Uva leads as chief operating officer (COO) of Signature Senior Services, through which he facilitates the development of new care facilities. Bruno D’Uva is currently overseeing the development of three new projects, one of which is a high-end assisted living residence.

Assisted living facilities allow an individual to receive support for activities of daily living (ADLs), while remaining as independent as possible. Their function is thus different from the traditional nursing home, where residents most often require 24-hour care. In an assisted living facility, residents can go about their day without supervision yet need help with such personal care tasks as bathing, dressing, and toileting.

To create a homelike environment, assisted living facilities typically house residents in private studio or one-bedroom apartments. Housekeeping, including laundry, is likely to be available, as is support for medication management. Most facilities also offer a community dining area where each resident can enjoy healthful balanced meals in a social environment. Organized recreational activities further help to increase resident engagement.

Because assisted living is by its nature a flexible arrangement, the array of services can vary dramatically between one facility and the next. Some feature specialized memory care options, while others target a particular cultural or religious community. Certain communities may include transportation and specific wellness services.

It is important for each family to carefully consider the services offered by a particular facility and match those offerings to their loved one’s needs. Facility personnel can and should be able to answer questions about the community itself, while explaining to families how they protect each resident’s safety and individual rights.


Signature Senior Services Offers Quality Care for Seniors

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Bruno D’Uva serves as the director of development and acquisitions for Signature Senior Services, which focuses on senior medical adult day care. Under Bruno D’Uva’s guidance, the company plans to open an assisted living facility in 2018.

Currently Signature owns facilities in Paterson and Montclair, New Jersey. Both locations offer an array of activities and health services that take into account both the body and the mind.

The staff works with residents individually in physical therapy to build mobility and endurance. They understand the importance of personalized care to maintaining quality of life. In addition to fostering cameraderie, physical activities such as Pilates and yoga keep spirits fresh and the body tuned.

Social programs help residents make friends with each other. Additionally, Signature provides access to social media that puts residents in contact with loved ones, including Skype and Facebook.

Not only does this social focus enhance relationships, it may even benefit physical and mental health. Reduced blood pressure, a more effective immune system, and enhanced memory may result from enjoyable group activities. Signature’s get-togethers, such as a chess club, karaoke, bingo, and swimming offer relaxation and enjoyment. All of these events combine to create a safe and fun atmosphere that makes residents feel at home.

Adult Day Care in New Jersey


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Bruno D’uva

Longtime entrepreneur Bruno D’Uva serves as director of development and acquisitions at Signature Senior Services, a provider of medical adult day care and senior living facilities in New Jersey. As part of his commitment to the industry and the families that receive care from his services, Bruno D’Uva maintains membership with the New Jersey Adult Day Services Association.

The New Jersey Adult Day Services Association (NJADSA) exists to meet the needs of senior citizens across the state. It focuses on individuals who require treatment or assistance, but are not yet in need of full-time care or institutionalization. The organization represents 6,200 families across New Jersey, helping them keep their loved ones healthy and active.

Medical Adult day services in New Jersey generally care for participants five hours a day. During these hours, seniors can be evaluated by doctors and nurses, socialize, play games, and take advantage of a wide variety of entertaining activities designed to meet certain cognitive needs. Care providers maintain individualized care plans for each client, updated at least quarterly.

Facilities always have at least one nurse on site. Program staff maintain an up-to-date health profile for each client and conduct monthly weigh-ins. A minimum of two nutritionally balanced meal is provided each day, with extra care given to any special dietary needs.

To find a care center in New Jersey, visit the NJADSA locator online at www.njadsa.org/find-a-center.

Trends for Senior Living and Service Providers in 2017

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Signature Senior Services

 Signature Senior Services director of development and acquisitions Bruno D’Uva recently established two new adult day care facilities in New Jersey and has plans to open a state-of-the-art assisted living facility in 2018. A regional leader in full-service senior care, Bruno D’Uva maintains an interest in changing industry conditions and trends.

As 2017 begins, senior care and living providers are facing an unprecedented level of competition. Senior living centers are changing to meet new needs, take advantage of new technologies, and continually improve the level of care they provide.

According to industry stakeholders, senior living providers are likely to try to fill different niches and differentiate themselves in 2017. Rather than simply expanding offerings in amenities and recreation, facilities may begin to offer better disease management programs and other specialized services.

Service providers will also adapt to better allow senior citizens to live in their own homes. They will likely utilize new technology and expand services outside of their retirement communities. For example, providers may send medication reminders digitally or use remote technology to monitor safety.