Frequently Asked Questions

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted livings are communities that help aging adults live as independently as possible in a safe environment. These communities provide assistance with activities of daily living. Activities of daily living can include medical management, grooming, personal hygiene, toileting, and bathing. Assisted living communities also provide meals and snacks, housekeeping, laundry service, wellness activities, social activities and may include shopping trips or other social activity.

What is memory care?

Many assisted living communities have specialized services for patients with advanced dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals that meet the criteria for memory care require more assistance with activities of daily living as well as 24/7 supervision. Wellness activities and social activities in memory care are created specifically for dementia patients to enhance their quality of life.

What is a nursing home?

Nursing homes, also known as Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are medical facilities that provide skilled nursing care 24/7. This is also known as long term care. Many SNFs also provide rehabilitation services for seniors after a hospitalization or a health event. Rehabilitation is short term and can include physical, occupational and speech therapy. Rehabilitation, unlike long term care, is paid for by Medicare. Nursing home care is the most expensive level of care and is private pay. There are medicaid programs available to assist with the cost of long term care.

Can I bring my pet?

Typically, yes! You may bring your furry companion with you to your new home. Policies rewarding pets are community specific. You will want to discuss finding the perfect pet friendly community with your Senior Planners advisor.

What happens if my health needs change?

As we get older, it is not uncommon for there to be health events or hospitalizations which may lead to changes in the amount of care, as well as the kind of care that one may require. Senior living communities understand and can provide access to additional levels of care and support to accommodate these changing circumstances. A doctor can also order home health services that you are able to receive right in your own community. This can include home health as well as hospice services.