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FAQs

Q. What is an Assisted Living community?

Assisted living is an option for elders who need a level of assistance higher than that of a retirement community, but not as extensive as a nursing home or hospital.

Q. How does it differ from other levels of care?

Unlike nursing homes and other medical facilities, Assisted Living communities allow seniors to maintain a sense of independence in a safe supportive environment.

Q. Who Qualifies for Assisted Living?

Assisted Living communities are for those who need assistance with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and medication management. It’s also a wonderful option for those individuals suffering from memory issues such as Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illnesses.

Q. What amenities are typically available?

Typical amenities available in Assisted Living residences may include personal care assistance (bathing, toileting, dressing, eating), access to health care and medical services, on-site social and spiritual activities, recreation and exercise facilities, transportation arrangements, 24-hour security, laundry service, and housekeeping.

Q. How important is it to find out about a community’s philosophy of care?

It is very important. Deciding on an Assisted Living or Memory Care residence is a big decision. As a resident you have Rights and Responsibilities.

Compare different communities in terms of unit availability, services offered, cost, and overall philosophy of care. Set up tours. Observe residents and staff and get a feel for each facility’s atmosphere, and most important, be sure your individual needs will be met.

Q. Can someone help me take my medication?

Yes. Many residents move into assisted living because they can no longer manage their medications. A resident’s ability to self-administer is determined during the admissions process.

Q. Do I need an Advance Directive?

The assisted living facility should disclose its policies about implementing advance medical directives, including implementation of Do Not Resuscitate order (DNRs) and other medical directives that require limitations on delivery of medical services before you sign any contract or resident agreement. It is not a requirement but we encourage it.

Q. Will an assisted living community provide me with transportation to my doctor’s appointments?

Transportation is an important resident consideration. As in all other areas of assisted living, transportation availability varies by facility. At Palm Cottages transportation to recreational outings is part of the planned activity program. Transportation to and from medical appointments can be arranged.

Q. Are the rates all inclusive or will the resident be charged if more care is required? (Levels of Care)

At Palm Cottages our rates are all inclusive. Although other communities may offer a lower base rate the charges incurred for additional care needs can well exceed an all inclusive rate.