What are the different types of living options for seniors?
SABH Foundation offers or collaborates with different types of living communities: Living for independent seniors wanting to buy into a community and receive luxury amenities and services; Senior Living for independent seniors looking for amenities and a wide variety of floor plans; Assisted Living for those wanting help with health concerns or other issues impacting their daily life; and Memory Care for people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
What is a CCRC?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) provides the answer for a growing number of seniors who are looking for the opportunity to live independently now, with peace of mind for the future should care needs arise.
At SABH Foundation will and have been working with designated certain CCRCs communities. They offer beautifully designed residences, with activities and amenities planned to enhance wellness and contemporary living. Health care services are available on an a-la-carte basis in your residence, or at the on-site Care Center which offers residential assisted living care paid on a fee-for-service basis when and if you need them. When you live in a CCRC you have the comfort of knowing you won’t need to move if your health changes.
What is Assisted Living?
It is a simple concept: living life to its fullest with a little assistance. Residents of assisted living can enjoy private apartments, restaurant style dinning, and an array of activities tailored to their interests and abilities, all while getting the extra help they need and making new friends.
How do I select a community that is right for me?
Take a moment to fill out our evaluation form and we will help guide you to the right type of community for your needs. Once you know what type of living situation you need, you can make a list of several facilities in the area. Once you have your list, you can get information by visiting each community’s web site from Our Locations section or call each one and ask questions about the things that are important to you. Location, size, types of services, activities. There are many parts of a senior living community.
The next step is to set up appointments with the communities you want to see. As you meet with staff and take a tour, pay attention to how you feel and what is going on around you. Spend time with the staff and residents. Have lunch in the dining room and spend time in the activities. This is the best way to get a sense of whether the community feels like home.
What types of amenities do these communities offer me?
Each community has a unique flavor and different amenities. Most of our communities include one or more formal dining rooms, a private dining room, computer and business center, spa and salon, fitness center, movie theater, card room, activities room, library and garden areas with courtyard. Some of our communities have indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a ballroom, Wellness Center, cocktail lounge, and onsite store and bank.
What are the costs for these communities?
Our Senior Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities offer apartments for a daily rate that includes meals, utilities, activities, general health and wellness services, housekeeping and laundry and other services. Some CCRC communities have both a buy in fee and a daily fee. The entrance fee allows you to buy into the community and it is refundable (percent refundable varies by community) to you or your trust or estate when the residency agreement is terminated and the residence is re-reserved. Daily fees cover services and amenities such as meal credits, housekeeping, home maintenance and utilities.
What type of health care can I expect at a senior living community?
Generally, in our Assisted Living communities, care managers are available 24 hours a day to respond to residents needs. Employees are trained to understand the challenges that occur with age, and to report changes in a resident’s overall health and condition. Our environment is internally smoke-free. A licensed nurse performs the initial care assessment, designs the initial service plan, and provides the routine re-assessment/service plan changes. The nurse also oversees the accuracy and effectiveness of the medication program.
How do I pay for care?
Residents or their families generally pay the cost of care from their own financial resources. Depending on the nature of an individual’s health insurance program or long-term care insurance policy, costs may be reimbursed. Government payments for assisted living residences have been limited. Some state and local governments offer subsidies for rent or services for low-income elders as well as some U.S. Veterans qualify for Aid and Attendance to assist with the costs.
Where can I find help with packing my home and moving into a senior
The idea of packing and moving your home can be overwhelming. Many seniors don’t have family nearby to help and may have homes full of wonderful possessions and memories. If you don’t have immediate help from friends or family, or just want the additional help of a professional, there are resources for you. Professional Senior Move Managers will help you plan what will fit in your new home based on space and storage options. They will help you get your home in order by determining what you want to keep and facilitate selling or giving away the items you don’t need.
They can also help you develop organizational strategies to fit your new home so that you feel comfortable and peaceful once you have moved. The National Association of Senior Move Managers offers a list of professionals in each state and a description of services you can expect. Find them at www.nasmm.org.