Senior Living FAQ
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Senior Living
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When is the right time for my parents to move into a retirement community?
The best time to move to any retirement community is when residents are still active and in good health. Signature Pointe’s independent living community in Dallas is the perfect choice for anyone who desires to continue the lifestyle they’ve come to love and also enjoy the reassurance of on-site care if needed. This exceptional lifestyle will offer your loved ones the time and opportunities to discover new talents and make new friends.
How can I help my parents transition to a retirement community?
AARP suggests an adult child ask his or her parents questions that might help start the conversation. You would not ask all these questions in one sitting but use them as a guide for topics of conversation when the time is right.
A few examples: Is your home still appropriate for your needs? Are there stairs or security issues? Do you need help with household chores? Can you cook your favorite meals? Hear the doorbell ring? Do you feel comfortable driving? Would it be a great relief to have transportation available right at your door? Are your prescriptions current and are you taking your medications correctly? Have you seen the doctor lately? Do you get lonely, especially at mealtimes?
Can my parents decorate their residence?
Absolutely. Your parents are invited to make themselves at home by furnishing or decorating their residence as they choose.
What is offered with assisted living?
As the name suggests, assisted living offers individuals assistance with the activities of daily living, dressing, bathing, dining and medication management — while still providing every opportunity for maintaining the highest possible level of independence. At Signature Pointe, this is all delivered in an atmosphere of sophistication and hospitality. Services are tailored to match individual needs for maximum convenience and comfort.
What is the difference between memory care and assisted living?
Assisted living services are designed for seniors who are still independent, but need support with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing and managing their medication. Memory care is specialized support for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Memory care residents have their health and wellness monitored by staff, and activities are designed to help them connect their meaningful past to the present.
When does my loved one need memory care?
One of the most common signs that your loved one needs memory care is when living on their own isn’t safe. It’s common for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia to wander and struggle with taking care of themselves. If you think your loved one can no longer live at home safely, then it’s time to consider a memory care community.
Is my loved one better off living at home with dementia?
The answer to this question depends on your personal situation. As your loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia progresses, the amount of time and resources to give him/her the expert care they need will increase. This can cause stress for you and your family as time goes on. But at a memory care community, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is staying active and engaged while enjoying a high quality of life.
What does long-term skilled nursing offer?
Skilled nursing is designed for individuals who require full-time care, or assistance with most, if not all, activities of daily living. Skilled nursing facilities are licensed and offer medical care by trained medical staff, such as a registered nurse or therapist, 24 hours a day. They may also include rehabilitation services, memory support services and other types of specialized care. They are typically Medicare/ Medicaid-certified, and monthly fees include meals, personal assistance, and most medical services (except for medications and other related hard costs).
How long is a person’s short-term rehab visit?
Short-term rehabilitation is therapeutic care for individuals requiring intensive physical, occupational or speech therapy, provided to restore them to a former capacity. Short-term rehabilitation can be prescribed for days, weeks or months on either an inpatient or outpatient basis.