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What are activities of daily living?
Activities such as dressing, bathing, eating, and administering medications that a person completes daily for personal health and hygiene. Senior living providers often provide personal care services to assist residents with these activities of daily living.
What is hospice care?
This is end-of-life care focused on treating symptoms and alleviating pain while meeting phyiscal and spiritual needs. Treatment for the underlying health conditions is discontinued during hospice care.
What is an individual care plan?
Often abbreviated as an ICP, this is a plan developed by the community that describes the personal care and medication management services to be provided. This is similar to an individual education plan in schools, in that it is designed to set goals and provide a process for achieving those goals. In this case, the goals are for the resident's care and quality of life.
What are short-term stays?
Temporary stays in a senior living community; these are also known as respite care. Short-term stays are commonly used to test drive life in the community, while a caregiver is on vacation, or to receive therapy or rehabilitation services while recovering from a surgery or a medical procedure.
What is Simply Senior Living?
A service to connect prospective residents and their families to senior living communities.
What are personal care services?
Services that assist residents with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, eating, administering medications, etc.). As a person ages, he or she may no longer be able to complete the activities of daily living. Communities provide personal care services to meet those needs, improving quality of life for the resident.
What is evidence based care?
Care based on a proven methodology. Although a comprehensive medical solution to dementia or alzheimer's has not been discovered, certain techniques such as person-centered care or validation therapy may result in a higher quality of life for residents suffering from dementia or alzheimer's. That having been said, there remains a debate on the efficacy of these techniques.
What is medication management?
Reviewing, ordering, organizing, and administering medications to a prospective resident. Seniors often take ten or more medications. This can be difficult to manage, resulting in non-compliance and reduced health outcomes. Assisted living and memory care facilities will manage this process for residents utilizing tools and systems to increase accuracy, reduce errors, increase compliance, and improve quality of life for the residents.
What is a guest suite?
A guest suite is an apartment that can be rented nightly by a friend or family member of a resident.
What are levels of care?
Levels created by providers to quantify the cost of personal care services. For example, a level one resident may pay $500 per month for minor help with dressing. A level two resident with more intense needs (perhaps bathing and dressing) would pay more. Communities perform an assessment (questionnaire) before move-in to place a resident in a level and to determine how much the resident will pay per month. Reassessments are typically done annually or as the resident's needs change. Nearly all residents have increased care needs over time, so prepare for additional levels of care costs when you complete your financial planning. Most communities have between three and five levels of care, but this can vary.
What is home care?
Medical and health services such as personal care services, hospice, or palliative care provided in the home. Home care is an alternative to senior living, although residents in independent living may receive personal care services from a home care provider.
Do communities provide moving assistance?
Yes, some communities will assist with or refer you to moving services and help you downsize.
What are electronic health records?
Digital records for a resident including both personal care services and medically related data. Traditionally, healthcare records have been kept on paper in senior living and nursing homes, but many providers are moving to electronic health records to increase transparency, consistency, and the reliability of care.
What are respiratory therapies?
Setup and maintenance of cpaps and other care devices for respiratory health.
What is a registered dietician?
Employees that offer key recommendations on diet and nutrition and can tailor meal plans to help those with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health conditions.
What is palliative care?
Care that proactively manages pain and physical/spiritual needs for life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care differs from hospice care in that the treatment of the underlying conditions may continue in palliative care, but are discontinued in hospice care.
What is care coordination?
This is the organization and arrangement of personal care services and medical appointments to ensure that the resident is receiving holistic care for all of his or her needs. Communities that offer a community-affiliated doctor often provide more comprehensive care coordination.
What are extra costs?
Charges for extra services that are optional and provided for the residents' convenience. These may include fees for additional housekeeping, laundry services, pet fees, garage parking, storage, furnishings, salon services, and more.
What is assisted living?
A type of senior living that provides housing, assistance with activities of daily living by personal care services, and hospitality services (dining, housekeeping, laundry services, maintenance, etc.). Assisted living communities vary in size and services offered, but often feature rich amenities, restaurant-style dining services, housekeeping, laundry services, and care services that extend the residents' quality of life. Assisted living apartments typically include a kitchen or kitchenette and range in size from 250 sf to 1,200 sf.
What is independent living?
This is a type of senior living that combines hospitality services (dining, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, security) with social events and community amenities. Independent living communities often offer significant community amenities, larger apartments (500 sf -1,500 sf), and a maintenance-free lifestyle.
What is memory care?
Memory care is a subset of assisted living where the services are designed specifically for residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. Memory care is often provided in a secure neighborhood (to prevent wandering) with unique design features and requirements for staff training. Occasionally, memory care is provided in a nursing home, but this is usually the most expensive solution.
What is senior living?
A type of community-based housing that focuses on seniors. The primary types of senior living are independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Services (dining, housekeeping, personal care services, maintenance, social activities, etc.) included with senior living typically separate it from active adult communities or senior apartments. Residents in nursing homes usually require more intensive care than senior living residents.
People choose senior living for different reasons. Some choose senior living for the convenience of a maintenance and worry-free lifestyle (dining, housekeeping, maintenance services are often included). Others want the social aspect of living in a community. Still others need assistance with activities of daily living, but want to maintain as independent of a lifestyle as possible.
What is a community fee?
A community fee is a non-refundable, one-time fee paid when a resident moves into a community. This amount can range from $500 up to one-month's rent (generally $3-7k) or more. A community fee is not a deposit, so do not expect it to be returned, except in rare cases. This makes a community fee different from an entrance fee, which may be refundable, but is typically much larger ($30k - $1 million or more). Communities charge either a community fee (non-refundable, smaller) or an entrance fee (sometimes refundable, larger), but not both.
What is a concierge?
Staff members that welcome guests to the community and answer phone calls that are also known as receptionists. Some residents prefer to live in communities with concierges for convenience and security, because this ensures that a staff member is near the entrance and available to answer questions.
What is a nursing home?
A facility where patients receive nursing and direct care. Nursing homes serve two primary patient populations: rehabilitation or therapy residents and long-term care residents. Therapy residents are typically recovering from a medical operation and will work with a physical therapist in a therapy gym to develop skills in order to regain independence. Long-term care residents, on the other hand, often need direct nursing care available 24 hours a day.
What are some common amenities?
Common amenities include dining rooms, cafes, pubs, movie theaters, game rooms, salons, chapels, art studios, spas, gardens, and more. You can see a community's particular amenities by visiting the community's profile and clicking on "Show All Amenities and Social Activities" in the Hospitality section.
What is an entrance fee?
An entrance fee is a large ($30k - $1 million or more), sometimes refundable, cost at the time of move-in. These are typically charged by continuing care retirement communities and ensure access to care as residents' needs increase.
Entrance fees are typically refundable (often 100%, 90%, or 50% of the original amount) and are sometimes used by a community to offset lower monthly rent payments. For instance, with a $100k entrance fee the community may charge $4,700 per month in rent, but with a $200k entrance fee the community may charge $4,000 per month in rent.
The refundability of an entrance fee is dependent on several factors including the amount of care the resident consumes, when he or she leaves the community, the monthly amount paid in rent, or the community's ability to rent/sell the space after the resident has moved out. It is important that you and your estate explore all of the scenarios in which you will receive a refund.
What is a care-inclusive or all-inclusive community?
Care-inclusive communities include levels of care and medication management fees in the base monthly rent. Non care-inclusive communities charge those fees on top of the base monthly rent. For example, a resident in a care-inclusive community may make one monthly payment of $4,500 for all of the services. Whereas a resident in a non care-inclusive community may be required to pay a $1,000 levels of care charge and a $500 medication management fee in addition to paying the base rent of $3,000, for a total of $4,500. Some residents like the care-inclusive model, because it makes calculating costs simpler and provides a certainty that the costs to live in the community won't go up as a residents' needs increase. Other residents prefer a non care-inclusive model so that they only pay for the care that they use.
What is a therapy gym?
A fitness center with specialized equipment for physical and occupational therapies. Physical therapists (PTs) will use the therapy gym to help residents redevelop gross or fine motor skills; for instance a PT may help a resident learn to walk again in recovery from hip replacement surgery. Some, but not all, senior living communities offer a therapy gym to their residents and a few offer a therapy pool.
How are senior apartments different from independent living?
Independent living communities offer hospitality services (dining, housekeeping, laundry services, maintenance, concierge, and social activities) that are not provided or only partially provided in senior apartments. While some of the amenities may be similar, the services provided differentiate independent living from senior apartments. In addition, many independent living communities offer assisted living or memory care on the same campus, permitting residents to age in place. This continuum of care is rarely available with senior apartments.
How are nursing homes different from assisted living communities?
Nursing homes focus on direct medical care, with an emphasis on therapy, in addition to providing the same personal care services as assisted living communities. Assisted living communities are typically more hospitality focused than nursing homes, which are institutional in nature.
What are the alternatives to senior living?
You could stay at home, stay at home with assistance from family members or a home care provider, rent a senior apartment, move in with family, or if your care needs are more acute then living in a nursing home may be a more appropriate solution. Each of these options have their advantages and disadvantages and may meet your needs depending on your situation, but, to be honest, life in senior living can be pretty great if you find the right community. We're here to help.
How are activities of daily living, personal care services, and levels of care related?
Communities provide personal care services to assist residents in their activities of daily living. Levels of care are a way for providers to attach a price to the personal care services being provided.
How is memory care different from assisted living?
Memory care is a subset of assisted living where the services are designed specifically for residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. Memory care is often provided in a secure neighborhood (to prevent wandering) with unique design features and requirements for staff training. Since memory care residents require more assistance than assisted living residents, memory care is often more expensive. In addition, memory care apartments tend to be smaller (250 sf - 600 sf) versus assisted living apartments (250 sf - 1,200. sf). Occasionally, memory care is provided in a nursing home, but this is usually the most expensive solution.
How is assisted living different from independent living?
Personal care services are provided in assisted living, but are not provided in independent living (with a few exceptions). There are other common differences between independent living and assisted living, but these can vary greatly from community-to-community. Independent living apartments tend to be larger (500 - 1,500 sf or more) versus assisted living apartments (250 - 1,200 sf). Independent living facilities may focus on hospitality and amenities while assisted living communities focus on care, but this can vary significantly. Independent living residents tend to be younger (average in the low 80's), but this average has been increasing over the past couple of years such that it is almost the same as the average for assisted living. Both independent and assisted living can be great options, but the better choice really depends on your situation and care needs.
How are entrance fees different from community fees?
Entrance fees are typically larger ($30k - $1 million or more) and partially or fully refundable fees charged by continuing care retirement communities. Community fees are typically smaller ($500 - $10k or more), but are non-refundable and are charged by what the senior living industry calls "rental" communities. Both are paid at or near move-in and are only charged once. A community will either charge an entrance fee or a community fee, but never both.
Is senior living more expensive than home care?
The cost of senior living is often comparable to living at home with the same services, but the bundled nature of senior living (hospitality services and care are often included in rent) can make it difficult to compare. If you go to any senior living community and ask for a cost comparison with staying at home, they will provide a comparison chart that lists all of the items included in senior living (food, real estate taxes, housekeeping, maintenance, utilities, entertainment, etc.) on one side, and on the other side gives you space to write-in how much the same items cost at home. The point of the exercise is that senior living includes way more than housing, and when you add up all of the benefits, it is often nearly the same price or cheaper than staying at home.
Why do levels of care costs vary so much between communities?
Senior living communities use different pricing strategies to market to residents. Some will offer a low monthly rent, but have higher levels of care fees to make up the difference. Others will offer a care-inclusive model with one price no matter how much care the resident uses. Still others will include level one of care in the monthly rent, but charge additional levels.
The pricing models don't matter per se, what matters most is your all-in monthly cost, what you get for that cost, and how much it will change over time. For instance, a community where care is separate may be cheaper initially, but as a resident's level of care increases then care separate model can become more expensive than a care-inclusive model, which offers a single inclusive price. To make sure that you're comparing apples-to-apples, always look at the levels of care and medication management fees in addition to the monthly rent.
Why is medication management an additional charge in some communities?
Seniors often take ten or more medications. Managing the complexity along with the liability of this task requires significant investments in staffing and technology to ensure accuracy and compliance.
Why is therapy provided by a third-party?
Therapy services are different from most services provided in senior living, since therapy services are medical in nature and require skill in billing Medicare. Federal kickback laws also discourage or prevent senior living providers from providing therapy services.
I can’t find a community on Simply Senior Living; why isn’t it included?
We try hard to provide the most comprehensive group of senior living communities possible, but occasionally a community may choose not to be a part of our service. If a community that you're interested in is not listed on our website, please reach out to the community and let them know that you'd love to learn more about them on Simply Senior Living.
I can’t imagine living in a senior living community; tell me why I’m wrong.
We are in a golden age for senior living. New providers and communities are popping up everyday with exciting features, amenities, technology, and exceptional services. These communities offer movie theaters, general stores, community gardens, swimming pools, on-site therapy, fine dining, trips to local sporting events or live theater, convenient transportation to shopping or church or medical appointments...the list goes on and on. Many people think of industrial, run-down nursing homes when they hear about senior living. Times have changed. Your opportunities to find great food, friendship, convenience, care, and hospitality in a senior living community have never been better.
Why is physical therapy not included in rent?
Therapy is typically provided by a third-party company unassociated with the senior living provider and is often paid for by Medicare, excluding copays and deductibles.
Why are entrance fees so high?
Continuing Care Retirement Communities use these fees to offset lower rent payments (sometimes, but not always lower), provide superior amenities and apartments, and to ensure access to care as the residents age.
Why are levels of care so expensive?
Providing personal care services requires significant staffing (nurses and aides) and increased liability in order to meet seniors' complex needs. These make providing care expensive. If you're concerned about the levels of care costs, comparison shop those costs on Simply Senior Living, but be sure to look at rent, levels of care, and medication management fees together so that you're comparing apples-to-apples.
Why do some communities charge a community fee?
Community fees help cover the cost of preparing and marketing an apartment. These may include maintenance costs such as replacing carpet, painting walls, or costs for advertising the community.
Why do some communities have a range of prices for the same apartment?
Prices may vary for a particular floor plan of an apartment based on various factors (proximity to amenities, patio, view, elevated ceilings, etc.). This is sometimes referred to as "real estate pricing" and reflects the higher demand for apartments with more desirable features. For instance, an apartment with a view of the ocean may be priced higher than an apartment that faces inland, even if they both have the same layout.
Why is senior living expensive?
Senior living includes way more than housing, which can make it seem more expensive at first blush. For example, it often includes housing, utilities, real estate taxes, dining/food, social events, transportation, maintenance, housekeeping services, laundry services, and care. These goods and services are bundled into a single monthly payment (most communities break-out care and some additional costs). The bundled payment is similar to staying at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean where the meals, drinks, and resort amenities come with the nightly room rental. Since many services are included in the monthly rent, it is very important that you make a well-informed decision on where you choose to live.
Unfortunately, several economic factors are increasing the cost of senior living. Construction of new facilities has not kept up with the tremendous population growth for seniors. In addition, labor costs, which can exceed 50% of the costs to operate a community, can be high in certain areas. These factors are driving costs higher.
Why do communities offer shared apartments?
These provide an affordable option, and some residents prefer the companionship.
How are a couple’s costs calculated?
A couple, different from two individuals in a shared apartment, typically pay the full rental price for an apartment and then pay an additional second resident fee. For example, take a married couple where the wife and husband both need independent living. They will pay the base rent for the apartment of $4,000 per month (wife's rent) and the second resident fee for the husband in the amount of $1,000 per month. All together, the couple will pay $5,000 per month before any extra costs. If they needed assisted living, then they may also have to pay for levels of care and medication management fees. This is a typical pricing structure for a couple, but the structure can vary from community-to-community. Check out a community's profile page or email the community for more information.
Do assisted living residents have access to independent living amentities?
Yes, assisted living residents typically have access to independent living amenities, but memory care residents do not have access to assisted living amenities for the safety of the memory care residents. This can be a point of contention for residents, so please check with the communities that you're interested in to get their policies.
Which communities offer therapy services?
Some senior living providers offer therapy or rehabilitation services to their residents in a therapy gym, which many residents prefer over a stay in a nursing home. Look for "Physical Therapy" in the Care section on a community's profile page to see if it provides therapy services. If you'd prefer to receive therapy services in a nursing home, then go to www.medicare.gov and look for a nursing home offering rehabilitation.
How can veterans pay for care?
Veterans Aid & Attendance is a program that pays for part of your senior living costs if you or your spouse were in the military. More information can be found here. Most communities are familiar with this program and can help you receive your benefit if you decide to move into the community.
How can I compare costs between communities?
Since senior living communities use different pricing models, always consider levels of care, medication management fees, and any ancillary or extra costs in addition to the base monthly rent when deciding between communities. This is important to make sure that you receive an apples-to-apples cost comparison.
How are levels of care determined?
A resident will complete an assessment to determine which level of care is needed. The Healthcare Coordinator, or another staff member, guides the resident through the assessment by asking questions about the resident's routine, abilities, and needs. Based on the responses, the assessor will use a chart or tool to determine the level of care.
I need assisted living, but my husband only needs independent living; can a couple with different care needs stay in the same apartment?
Sometimes, it depends on the state's regulations, the licensing for the particular apartment, and the community's policies. Typically, an independent living resident can stay with another resident in assisted living. However, an assisted living resident cannot stay with another resident in independent living, unless the particular apartment is licensed by the state as an assisted living apartment. Email communities on their community profile page to see if they can accommodate your arrangement.
The community that I want to live in does not offer medication management; how can I manage my medicines?
You can always use an organizational system or hire a home health agency. There are many helpful tools that have been developed to assist in medication management. These may be as simple as a Sunday-through-Saturday pill box or as complex (but simple to use) as a digital medicine dispenser/reminder system. Often, an adult child will setup and manage these tools to assist the resident in what can be a complex medicine regimen. Pharmacies can also assist by packaging all of your medicines in blister packages. Here is a list of links to some of these systems and services:
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How can I find out more about social activities?
Ask for an activities calendar or find one on Simply Senior Living, and you'll get a sense of what activities are available. Photos on social media websites, such as Facebook, can also give a strong indication of which social activities the community offers and what those events are like.
Considering price and size is the first step. More factors that residents consider are distance to common areas, views, special features such as elevated ceilings or patios among others.
How do I choose a community?
Selecting a community can be difficult. A good strategy is to look at your needs, your preferences, your budget, and then weigh those across the options.
Your needs for senior living are typically the type of care, whether you need independent living, assisted living, or memory care and what level of care (1, 2, 3...). There are many websites that can help you determine your need in senior living, but typically if you need help with two or more activities of daily living (walking, eating, dressing, toiletting, bathing, managing medications) then you need assisted living as opposed to independent living.
A primary preference is location: proximity to grandkids or children, family, friends, institutions (churches, civic groups, doctors' offices, hospitals), or to shopping/entertainment may be important. Additional preferences include community size, apartment size, quality of finishes, and preferred activities or amenities.
Finally, how much you are able or willing to spend?
If you determine the care type you need, then weigh your preferences (proximity, community size, apartment size, quality of finishes, particular services or amenities desired) in light of your budget and compare your options, then you're onto a good start to selecting a community. Combine that start with a tour and a meal or two and you'll likely find a place that you love. Fortunately, there are many great senior living communities out there today, and Simply Senior Living is here to help you discover, compare, and connect. Happy exploring!
How can Simply Senior Living help me?
Search for communities in your area, compare different options, checkout photos, costs, and amenities/services offered. Email providers to get an answer to a question or to schedule a tour. You can also learn more about senior living in general through our FAQs page and our blog.
How can I pay for care?
You can pay with a long-term care insurance plan, Veterans Aid & Attendance, Medicaid (if eligible), by selling an asset such as a house, by paying out of pocket from investment or pension returns, by receiving assistance from friends and family members, or by some combination thereof. It is not uncommon for adult children to help their parents by paying 15-20% of the monthly costs of senior living. Senior living can be expensive, but there are several options to pay for care.
Are there additional fees for having a pet?
Yes, most communities charge pet fees. These fees cover additional maintenance and liability costs associated with allowing pets to live in the community.
Will my rent increase in the future?
Yes, your monthly rent will likely increase 3-5% every year on either January 1st of the calendar year or on the anniversary of your move-in date. Ask the community about rent increases or review the resident or lease agreement to find out when rent increases and by how much. Keep these costs in mind as you make your finanical plans.
Are community fees refundable?
No, these are non-refundable except in rare circumstances (as determined by the community and the case).
Do communities serve alcholic beverages?
Many, but not all, communities serve alcoholic beverages. If this is a concern for you, email the communities about their alcoholic beverage policies. Be sure to confirm that they have a liquor license.
Do a washer and a dryer come with the apartment?
A washer/dryer, or connections, are usually included in independent living apartments, but not in assisted living or memory care apartments since laundry services are provided in the latter. This can vary from community-to-community; check the communities' profile pages to confirm.
Are entrance fees refundable?
Yes, but it depends. Most entrance fees are setup with some refundability, but it is important to understand the conditions and amount of the refund. The refund may be a percentage of the original entrance fee (100%, 90%, 50%, etc.) or some other number. Some communities deduct the amount of care that you use from the entrance fee, or reduce it based on your length of stay. It is important to understand how much and under what scenarios you or your estate will receive a refund. For instance, some communities must rent or sell your unit prior to providing a refund. Entrance fees can be large amounts and may provide access to key care, but their potential cost and refundability need to be thoroughly understood before moving into a community.
Are pets permitted in the communities?
Yes, most communities allow pets, although they have restrictions on species, breed, and size. A few do not permit pets. Look for the Pet Friendly name and the paw icon to see if a community accepts pets.
Who does the laundry?
Laundry services are usually included in assisted living or memory care, but are often an additional charge in independent living.
What social events are offered?
Many communities offer bridge groups, gardening, lifelong learning classes, bingo, art classes, fitness classes, movie nights, Bible studies, book groups, resident councils, and other social events. You can see what social activities a community provides by visiting the community's profile and clicking on "Show All Amenities and Social Activities" in the Hospitality section.
Can I bring my own furniture?
Yes, most residents furnish their own apartments, although furniture is often available to rent or sometimes included.
Is garage parking available?
Yes, some communities offer garage or covered parking. This is typically an additional charge.
How does transportation work in senior living?
Group transportation is scheduled and provided on a van or a bus. This may include trips to the grocery store, shopping centers, churches, medical offices, or other locations. Personal transportation in a van or a car may be available. Group or personal transportation may require additional fees; check the community profile page to confirm.
Is therapy included in rent?
No, therapy services are typically provided by a different company and these services are billed separately. The cost for therapy services is often covered, at least in part, by Medicare.
How does Simply Senior Living earn money?
Simply Senior Living is a free service to senior living residents, prospective residents, and friends and family. If a prospective resident connects to a community through Simply Senior Living (emails, calls, etc.) and then moves into the community, then the member community (not the resident) is required to pay a portion of the first month's rent to Simply Senior Living. We have children to feed, after all, and a hungry dog or two as well.
What are shared or companion suites?
A shared, companion, or semi-private suite is an apartment that is shared by two residents. The residents are typically not related (i.e. not a couple), and the apartment may vary from a studio (two residents in the same room) to a two-bedroom apartment (two residents each in his or her own room with a shared living room). Shared or companion suites are more common in memory care or assisted living than independent living, and are often provided to offer a more affordable option. Many newer communities are eschewing shared apartments in favor of more private apartments.
Can my family dine with me?
Yes, many communities encourage family members to dine with residents. Look for "Family Dining" on a community profile page to see if a community offers separate space for private family dining.
What is a typical menu in senior living?
While dining in most communities is served restaurant-style, menus are often limited to 2-3 entrees per meal. Popular items such as hamburgers, sandwiches, soups, or salads can be requested on demand regardless of the day. The menu setup and quality of food can vary significantly from community-to-community, so review a menu on Simply Senior Living or tour a community and enjoy a meal. Residents' biggest complaints are often related to dining, so make sure that you're happy with the food before committing.
I have a dietary restriction; will communities meet my dietary needs?
Yes, communities will try to meet the dietary needs of residents with health, religious, or ethical concerns. Look at the community profile pages to review menus and get information on special diets, or email a particular community to see if the community meets your dietary needs.
How often are concierges in the community?
Concierges are often available during business hours or into the early evening. Some larger communities will staff a concierge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for security and convenience purposes. Other communities do not have concierges to lower costs, but have other key staff answer calls and greet guests.
How many meals are included in rent?
Independent living typically includes one meal per day and assisted living and memory care typically include three meals per day. This can vary from community-to-community, however, so please review communities' profile pages to confirm.
What services are included in rent?
Housing, real estate taxes, basic utilities, some housekeeping, some laundry services, one to three meals daily, maintenance, and access to amenities and social activities are typically included. Additional services are available at an extra charge.
How much does it cost to use Simply Senior Living?
Free to you! Simply Senior Living is a free service available to senior living residents, prospective residents, and their friends and family. Simply Senior Living is compensated only by senior living providers.
Is specialized training provided to memory care care staff?
Yes, memory care staff receive specialized training to meet the unique needs of memory care residents. Email communities on their community profile pages if you'd like to find out more on their training for memory care staff.
Do independent living communities provide medication management?
No, typically independent living communities cannot provide medication management due to state regulations. To work around this limitation, some communities will dual-license independent living apartments as assisted living apartments in order to provide these services. Otherwise, residents can hire a home health agency or utilize tools in managing medications.
Will communities drive and escort me to medical appointments?
Yes, most communities include group or scheduled transportation that will take you to medical appointments. An escort on medical appointments is often an extra expense. If possible, having an adult child escort you to medical appointments can ensure a continuity of care.
Can an additional care taker accompany me in the community?
Yes, some families prefer to have a caretaker with the resident often or at all times. This is an expensive solution, but may provide additional peace of mind.
Who provides care in senior living?
Licensed practical nurses or LPNs generally manage medication aides that administer medications and certified nursing assistants that provide personal care services. Some residents and families prefer to know if a community will have an LPN on staff 24/7. In healthcare settings (such as hospitals or nursing homes), registered nurses or RNs can be more common, although some senior living communities will have one to two RNs on staff.
How often is housekeeping provided?
This varies by community; once every week or two weeks is common. More frequent or detailed housekeeping often requires an additional charge.
Can I receive home care in an independent living apartment?
Yes, almost all states permit you to receive home care in your independent living apartment since it is your home. Most home care providers are separate companies that will require separate billing, although some communities may coordinate with the home-care provider for a more seamless experience. Occasionally, independent living providers will discourage residents from receiving home care if assisted living is offered on-site.
Will the community do my laundry?
Yes, this usually requires an additional fee in independent living, but is often included in rent for assisted living or memory care.
What maintenance is included?
Community and apartment maintenance are typically included. Certain up-fits (repainting, special fixtures or finishes, etc.) require additional fees.
Can I bring my car?
Yes, parking and sometimes garage parking are typically available. Garage or covered parking spaces are often limited, so the community may charge a monthly rental fee for those parking spots. This charge can be seen on a community's profile page.
Which utilities are included in rent?
Basic utilities (electricity, gas, water, trash removal/recycling) are typically included in rent, however most communities charge additional fees for telephone, cable tv, or internet.
How can communities help residents with diabetes?
Communities can serve balanced, regular meals that are diabetic friendly, monitor glucose levels, and administer insulin and other medications in consistent intervals and doses. The consistency in diet and blood sugar regulation can lead to improved health outcomes.
Do communities have specific doctors that visit the community?
Yes, most communities have a contract with a doctor that will come see residents on-site. This can be a useful benefit to residents, because these doctors often come more frequently than a resident would visit a primary care physician. Other residents prefer to continue seeing their existing healthcare professionals.
Will communities coordinate my medical appointments?
Yes, some communities will coordinate care for you. This is often streamlined by using the community's physician.