The Assisted Living Experience
Today’s seniors can expect an active, vibrant lifestyle in their community with the events and activities tailored to their preferences and abilities. While you will still find opportunities to play perennial favorites like bingo and bridge, the communities of today truly think outside the box when creating ambiances and programming for their residents.
Our communities are designed with comfort in mind, and we go the extra mile to ensure our residents feel happy, secure, and inspired. We maintain secure perimeters to keep our residents safe, and our expert and attentive staff make sure each resident is well cared for and listened to.
Who is Right For Assisted Living?
Many seniors and their families struggle with how to know when it’s time for Assisted Living or other senior care options. It’s common for families to initially be hesitant or for their loved ones to refuse these options because of preconceived ideas of senior housing or denial of care needed.
A snapshot of an assisted living resident
- Seniors with a need for assistance with daily activities
- Wants freedom from difficult home maintenance and chores
- Wants more opportunities to enjoy life, socialize, and learn
Today, these worries are unfounded, with our communities providing many opportunities for light, laughter, and ongoing independence. Seniors who need daily assistance with household chores or personal care can benefit from the services offered in Assisted Living communities while still enjoying a social, vibrant lifestyle.
These communities provide services that make daily living simpler for retirees. From housekeeping and household maintenance to transportation, here are a few services available.
The main feature of these communities is the availability of personal care services from a team of professionals, including a nursing staff. While the breadth of these services varies from community to community, they are often able to assist residents with daily personal care such as personal hygiene, dressing, medication reminders, and daily health checks.
A culinary experience inspires emotion, from the nostalgic aroma of bread in the oven to the warm comfort of a perfectly-seasoned soup on a rainy day. Families can rest assured knowing their loved one is served delicious meals each day, while eliminating the need to go to the grocery store. We combine the joys of dining with the nutrition experts say our residents need to live a healthy life.
Housekeeping and Laundry
Residents living in Assisted Living can worry less about household chores such as dusting, vacuuming, and laundry. These communities and their professional staff provide services like daily tidying-up, weekly housekeeping, laundry, and linen services to make each day easier.
Assisted Living communities provide individual and group transportation to help their residents safely complete their errands, attend appointments, or get out and about for shopping and fun. Residents can ride safely with a professional driver and receive any needed assistance while at their destination.
More Enjoyment Every Day
At Senior Lifestyle, we’ve developed a robust calendar of engaging programming, from inspiring creative classes to lively happy hours to holiday parties and lecture series. These vibrant schedules and environments reduce the risk of senior isolation and depression in our residents. Our programming caters to every level of care, and are designed to include all residents.
Learning and Discovery
There are many ways for today's active seniors to expand their world from inside their communities. Art and education classes have become a staple on monthly calendars, along with seminars on topics such as historical figures and wellness. Book, poetry, and writing clubs have also become popular, providing another way for seniors to grow and express themselves in the new community.
Active and On-the-Go
Staying active can keep seniors enjoying the hobbies and lifestyle they love. Physical activities for seniors in these communities have become an important part of the daily routine. From walking clubs, tai chi, and water aerobics to adapted exercises such as balance classes and chair yoga, seniors of all ability levels can find a structured exercise class or activity that keeps them healthy and on the go.
Friends and Fun
Part of the appeal of Assisted Living is that it provides a natural, comfortable setting to meet other seniors and build friendships. Communities focus on planning social events that encourage interaction including happy hours, movie nights, and trips to local eateries, making it simple to make connections and form friendships.
Places for Pets
Pets are an important source of love and companionship for seniors. Today's Assisted Living communities understand that connection and welcome these special friends. Many events and activities are pet-friendly too, making it easy for pets to feel equally at home and at ease in the community from the start.
How to Find an Assisted Living Community
Seniors and families looking for Assisted Living options will undoubtedly find many communities nearby. While researching communities can be intimidating, there are many resources that can help you in your search. Contacting local senior centers or visiting review sites to narrow your list to reputable communities that offer this level of care are great places to start. Once you schedule a tour, prepare the questions you should ask while visiting to ensure you gain the important information necessary to find your perfect community. Here are a few basic inquiries you can start with prior to even visiting an Assisted Living community near you.
The Right Place for Your Loved One
Depending on the level of care they provide and the residents living in a community, Assisted Living activities and programming can look very different from community to community. To find the right fit for you or a loved one, here are some questions to keep in mind:
- Do they offer activities or social events that I feel comfortable with?
- Can I easily pursue a passion I love here?
- Do I have to participate in every activity offered?
- If I own or decide to own a pet, would it be welcome?
Senior Lifestyle Values
At Senior Lifestyle, we help seniors and their families live with ease, while providing our residents a vibrant and healthy lifestyle. As a result of our core values, our residents enjoy special attention to detail and personalized care each day.
Some examples of our specialized offerings include:
- Nutritious meals to promote wellness
- Regular wellness checks and medication reminders
- Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
- A dynamic, lively calendar of daily programming
- Technology to promote virtual socializing
- Happy hours and holiday parties
- Outings and events in our local community
The Genworth Cost of Care survey calculates a ballpark estimate for Assisted Living costs in your area. Though costs vary, Genworth estimates a monthly cost between $1603 and $4300 for Assisted Living in the U.S. in 2020. The top factors that impact price are the location, number of services offered such as housekeeping and dining, and amenities provided such as fitness gyms and pools. Additionally, the health care needs of a resident can also impact cost, as a higher level of care may require more healthcare services.
Senior Lifestyle Assisted Living communities offer personalized service plans, where our professional team members help determine what services and care are right for residents. These personalized service plans are flexible to our residents and are continually adjusted as needs change.
Schedule a meeting with an Assisted Living community near you to get started with a Personalized Service Plan.
Medicaid may help cover the cost of Assisted Living, including Memory Care, but not everyone is eligible. Medicaid eligibility requirements, programs, and benefits vary from state to state, so you may need to take a closer look at your situation, your state’s Medicaid policies, and the policies of the community in consideration.
Though Medicaid can offset the costs of Assisted Living, Memory Care, skilled nursing, and emergency response systems, Medicaid will not cover room and board.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers medical, operative, and post-operative benefits to help aging veterans. Like other military aid programs, the VA will determine if your particular discharge was deemed honorable.
The VA has a set of eligibility requirements for VA health care benefits with specific parameters, and you’ll need to apply for these benefits. Schedule a meeting with a retirement community near you for information on VA benefits and policies.
To qualify for Assisted Living, seniors typically need to be 62+ years of age and are usually in need of some extra help throughout their days. Senior Lifestyle communities will conduct an assessment prior to a resident moving in to ensure Assisted Living is right for them.
Most Assisted Living communities have an age requirement of 62 years or older, however, there are some exceptions that allow residents who are younger to move in.
The main feature of these Assisted Living communities is the availability of personal care services from a team of professionals. While the specifics of services provided vary from community to community, they are often able to assist residents with:
- Personal hygiene
- Medication reminders
- Daily health checks
Find out more about what’s included in an Assisted Living community.
Residents living in Assisted Living can worry less about household chores such as dusting, vacuuming and laundry because communities provide housekeeping services on a regular basis. Typically these services are provided on a daily, weekly, or bi-weekly basis depending on resident needs and preferences. Services include but are not limited to:
- Daily tidying up
- Linen services
- On-site maintenance
Learn more about some of the benefits of living in a senior community.
Our approach to the daily dining experience reflects our commitment to quality with food that tastes good, first and foremost. We work with family and residents to tailor meals to fit dietary needs or taste preferences.
- Chef-cooked meals 2-3 times a day served in our dining room
- Restaurant-style dining carried out by a professional dining staff
- Many communities offer private dining rooms for more intimate meals or
- family and friend gatherings
Find out more about the nutritional benefits of retirement community living.
Assisted Living communities provide individual and group transportation to help their residents safely complete their errands, attend appointments, or get out and about in the local area. Residents can ride safely with a professional driver and receive any needed assistance while at their destination.
Our professional staff works with family and residents to ensure that transportation is properly scheduled for the residents’ convenience.
Yes, most of our Assisted Living communities are pet friendly with some restrictions applied to specific communities. At Senior Lifestyle, we’ve seen the connection between pet ownership and senior health firsthand. Whether pets are stopping by for a visit or calling our communities home, most of our locations are pet friendly.