When choosing your next home, at a senior living community, there are a lot of options – and they are not all alike.
Independent living communities typically offer maintenance-free apartments, condos, or villas, a calendar of activities, and some services such as housekeeping, meals, and transportation. Health care services are not part of your contract.
Assisted living communities offer apartments or suites designed for senior safety, and services that provide help with daily living needs such as personal care and medication management.
Memory care is a specialized type of elder care tailored specifically for the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive disorders.
Life Plan Community
Life Plan communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities) offer the full continuum of care, from Independent Living residences to Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation Care, and Memory Care. Depending on the type of contract, you can be guaranteed access to on-site health care at a predictable rate for life, or a modified fee-for-service arrangement in which you pay only for the health care you use.
Skilled nursing care facilities are sometimes referred to as nursing homes or health care centers. They are licensed health care facilities that are inspected and regulated by a state’s Department of Health Services. They typically offer long- and short-term care for individuals who suffer from serious or persistent health issues that are often too complicated to be tended to at home or who need rehabilitation services.
Longhorn Village is a Life Plan Community
Offering a Life Care contract, which means you can enjoy your independent lifestyle now and be assured of all levels of care at predictable monthly costs.
Where you live makes a difference in how you live. When visiting senior living communities, keep these things in mind.
- Proximity to things that matter to you, such as shopping, dining, cultural and religious venues. If you enjoy the outdoors, are you near hiking trails, scenic countryside, or lakes for fishing and boating?
- Is it convenient for friends and family to visit?
- Will you have access to a college or university where you can participate in lifelong learning classes and activities?
Questions to Ask
When meeting with marketing and sales staff at a community, bring a list of important questions to ask. Here are a few to get you started:
- What does the entrance fee cover?
- What is included in my monthly fee?
- What type of contract options do you offer?
- What kinds of activities, clubs, and programs are offered?
- What does the dining program encompass?
- How does the community promote wellness?
- What kinds of customization are available for my residence?
- What is the pet policy?
- May I visit with current residents and ask them questions?
- How do you help residents transition through the different levels of care?
- Who owns and manages the community?