Q: How will we know it’s time to consider a move to a retirement community?
A: Good question! There are a number of questions you might want to ask yourself…
• Is my house and yard becoming more of a “job” than an enjoyment? Has the joy of home ownership become an expensive, physically challenging or time consuming burden?
• Am I spending more time on things I “have to do,” rather than things I “want to do?”
• What has happened to make me think about considering retirement living? Is there something that is no longer “working” for me?
• Would I like more opportunities for socialization and to pursue the activities I enjoy?
• Do I have ready access to shopping, medical services, cultural and other activities, and transportation?
• Would moving to a retirement community be close to my friends and family? (We have observed that for many seniors, living in closer proximity to adult children or other loved ones is a key factor in making a move to Parkwood.)
• Is meal preparation a chore, or a joy? Would I enjoy having access to meals if I choose?
Q: Can I afford Independent Living?
A: There are many types of retirement communities – with a wide variety of fee structures. You will want to choose the one that’s appropriate for you. (Parkwood can help advise and guide you and your loved ones on this.)
Parkwood Retirement, for example, is a rental community. Residents sign a month-to-month lease.
Many seniors find that with the sale of their home, along with the associated reduction of taxes, ongoing maintenance costs, etc., making a move to a retirement community is not only reasonable, it makes a lot of financial sense. It’s important to consider not only the tangible costs but also the intangible. Examples of some intangible benefits are peace of mind associated with no home maintenance, easy access to social opportunities without having to drive to them and the freedom to spend your time doing the things you enjoy most. We’ll be glad to help walk you through this process, and we have very helpful guidelines that will help put the financial component into perspective.
Q: I have owned my home for many years and have accumulated lots of “stuff.” The idea of moving feels like a huge task! Any advice?
A: You’re not alone! Some retirees find themselves overwhelmed by the prospect and process of moving. Downsizing, putting a home on the market, and planning a move can seem monumental – until you break them down into logical, manageable segments. There are many methods to tackling all of your belongings. We have worked with many experts in this area and would love to share all of the information we have with you. It’s important to remember this is achievable!
Q: I want to be sure my I am in a community that will help me stay active and engaged. What types of things should I be looking for?
A: One of the most important elements to look for in a retirement community is lifestyle. In times past, many senior adults were content to more or less park themselves and live out their lives. Not anymore! Today’s seniors have the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. For example, at Parkwood this many opportunities to join in culturally and intellectually engaging events. Take a look at our monthly calendar of events and ask for detailed information!
Q: What’s most important when selecting an Independent Living community?
A: The answer to this question is different for everyone. When you begin your search, make a list of the things that are important to you. The first things that tend to come to mind are things such as: features of the apartment, opportunities to socialize and meet friends, meals, etc. Most people can easily identify these types of items but there are some other things you may also want to consider:
1) Ratings/experience – Check the communities online ratings. This is a good way to see what others have experienced at the community. When visiting the community, talk to current residents. Find out how they feel about living at the community.
2) Stability – has the community changed ownership/leadership frequently? Understand the impact of those changes.
3) Does it feel like home? This is really one of the most important aspects of selecting a community. Some things to ask yourself: Can I see myself living here? Do I feel welcome? Do other residents seem happy? If you can say it feels like home, you have made your decision!
Q: Any thoughts on when is the optimal time to make a move?
A: Most people, upon moving to a retirement community such as Parkwood, find themselves wishing they had made the move much sooner! Your parent or loved one can enjoy a carefree lifestyle, free to pursue the activities they want and enjoy – rather than their responsibilities. They can be near family, in a “just like family“ atmosphere of a caring staff and friends their own age, with similar interests – where there are always activities and events that provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual engagement.
Q: How can I pay for assisted living in Texas?
A: One of the more challenging aspects of taking the next step towards assisted living is identifying a feasible payment plan for senior living in Dallas. Assisted Living can be paid for using savings, Social Security benefits, pension payments and retirement accounts. In some cases, depending on the policy coverage, long-term care insurance may cover Assisted Living costs. Check your policy for details. VA benefits may also be an option for supplementing the costs for personal care services offered at Assisted Living communities. For your convenience, Parkwood Healthcare accepts check, credit card or direct pay through your bank.
Q: What are assisted living apartments?
A: Unlike traditional independent senior living options, assisted living apartments provide support and assistance with the activities of daily living, medication management, and housekeeping services. Assisted living offers ongoing resident support alongside comfortable living accommodations and access to life-enriching services and amenities.
Plus, the level of support a resident receives in an assisted living apartment can vary based on their individual care needs making it a flexible option for every stage of retirement. Amenities include three meals a day, emergency call system built-in to the apartments for peace-of-mind and organized activities that appeal to the mind, body and spirit.
Q: What is enhanced assisted living?
A: Traditional assisted living provides assistance with the activities of daily living, medication reminders, and housekeeping services. This level of support provides senior residents with a great sense of freedom and independence while still providing support with basic needs.
However, there are times when that level of senior care isn’t quite enough. If you or a loved one needs a slightly higher level of care than what is provided for in traditional assisted living settings, you have the option to explore enhanced assisted living. This unique offering is intended to help bridge the gap between traditional assisted living and skilled nursing.
Available service offerings include on-site nursing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, medication management, diabetic management, chronic incontinence management, podiatry assistance, and more. Learn more about the enhanced assisted living services at Parkwood Senior Living.
Q: What is rehabilitative care?
A: It’s much more than you probably think! Rehabilitative care is designed to help senior rehabilitation residents achieve the highest level of function and medical recovery possible. Through the use of specialized rehabilitation care and occupational therapy, our senior residents stay motivated and return home as quickly as possible.
At Parkwood, we offer specialized care seven days a week that is led by a team of licensed nurses, advisory physicians, and rehab therapists. From on-site therapy and ortho appointments to home evaluations, rehabilitative care is flexible to ensure every patient finds the support they need to achieve a positive outcome.
Q: What exactly is skilled nursing?
A: Skilled nursing communities are residences designed to house and assist individuals who have health conditions that require constant monitoring and availability of medical personnel. Skilled nursing care, sometimes referred to as nursing home care or extended care services, provides 24-hour supervision, meals, activities and health management support for residents. Some senior living communities offer designated residences and specialized care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Q: What’s the difference between skilled nursing and assisted living?
A: While skilled nursing care provides the highest level of care for seniors outside of a hospital, assisted living is best for those who need some help with bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, and eating, but do not require 24-hour-a-day health care by doctors.
Q: When it is time to consider skilled nursing care for a parent or loved one?
A: Skilled nursing care may be a good choice if:
Q: What is memory care?
A: Memory care is specialized support for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. LCS Dallas offers memory care that gives residents a safe environment and engaging activities to help them find a higher sense of purpose.
Q: What is the difference between memory care and assisted living?
A: Assisted living services are designed for seniors who are still independent, but they 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.
Q: When does my loved one need memory care?
A: One of the most common signs that your loved one is in need of 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 you’re loved one can no longer live at home safely, then it’s time to consider a memory care community.
Q: What should I look for in a memory care community?
A: When you’re looking for a memory care community, one of the first things you should look for is how residents stay engaged. You want your loved one to have access to activities and support that helps them improve their quality of life. You’ll also want to ask about the safety features at the community. Emergency alert systems and secure open spaces for resident to explore.
Q: Is my loved one better off living at home with dementia?
A: 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.
You’re invited to schedule a personal visit to explore all of your interests and needs and to see the aspects of our community that are most important to you!
Find more time to focus on life’s simple pleasures, in a vibrant senior living community that feels like home. The caring staff a Parkwood is devoted to your individual needs, creating an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness. It’s the right place for you now, and with our continuum of care, it’s the right place for your future.Let's Get Started!