Senior Living and Care

Upon the realization, discovery, or decision to move your friend, family, or loved one into a senior living community facility, you will be confronted with a conflicting mix of intense emotions. It is vital during this time, for the good of your loved one, to ensure you approach the selection of the right living community with logic and as clear as head as possible as, naturally, your only priority should be the safety and Physical and Mental wellbeing of your family member.

Your Options, Simplified

There are many different senior living community choices that vary from independent living, partly assisted living, entirely assisted living, specialist dementia, memory care buildings, continuing care retirement communities, and fairly innovative life plan communities.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living, often also referred to as extra-care housing, is the most flexible option for senior living. Essentially, this is because the level of assisted living and Personal care your loved one will receive is entirely up to and dependent on your loved one individually.

They will reside in a self-contained flat or apartment with their own front door access, and trained staff is available onsite 24/7 should they be needed, whether that is to provide personal care or more general support services. Thrive at Montvale is part of the Thrive Senior Living Network and offers independent and assisted living services as well as memory care for residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Memory Care

Specialist memory care and services are operated by specialist dementia staff, occupational therapists, and trained medical nurses. Memory care facilities are essentially residential communities for seniors living and coping with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, and such facilities only accept residents with diagnosed memory impairments.

Pertinent Questions For The Facility Manager

There will naturally be a seemingly endless list of questions you want to ask each potential facility, and you are certainly entirely within your right to do so. The five main questions that are crucial to ask a facility you are particularly interested in include:

  • Ask for complete and utter transparency pertaining to the restraints on the business as a whole as well as any which will directly affect your loved ones themselves.
  • Ask for a complete and detailed visit and tour throughout the entirety of the facility.
  • Ensure you ascertain whether or not the particular facility you are interested in is a for-profit or non-profit organization, as this may well influence how the resources are allocated for care and personal services.
  • Ask for an entirely detailed and all-encompassing comprehensive list of all the costs, including any optional extras for day trips and other such leisure and social activities.
  • Ask for a copy of the admission agreement prior to making your final decision. Admission agreements are usually lengthy and particularly complex, so you should take the time to read the document thoroughly, cover to cover.

This insight into the different types of care should make choosing your loved one’s next step a little bit easier to do. Be sure to follow this knowledge to help you make the right decision for your family.

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