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Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Senior Living

Q: How will we know it’s time to consider a move to a retirement community?

A: Good question! There are a number of clues you might watch for, including…

  • Do your parents have “more house” than they need? Has the joy of home ownership become an expensive, physically challenging or time consuming burden?
  • Have you noticed that your parents are spending time on things they “have to do,” rather than things they “want to do?”
  • Are your parents isolated in their own home? Are they free to get out and explore – to pursue the activities they enjoy?
  • Do they have ready access to shopping, medical services, cultural and other activities, and transportation?
  • Are they located near friends and family who could help if needed? (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? (Do they routinely enjoy healthy, delicious meals, or are they “keeping things simple” to avoid the bother?)

Action Steps:

  • Start a conversation – as soon as possible. And recognize that the acceptance of the idea may need to grow over time.
  • Identify a few retirement communities that might be appropriate, and take some tours. (An important test: When taking the tours – do you immediately feel welcome and at-home? Parkwood Community is known for its family-like atmosphere. Please compare!)

Q: What are some of the financial elements we should consider?

A: There are many types of retirement communities – with a wide variety of fee structures. You and your loved one will want to choose the one that’s appropriate for them. (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. We’ll be glad to help walk you and your loved ones through this process, and have very helpful guidelines that will help put the financial component into perspective.

Q: My parents have owned their 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. We can help advise in this process.

By the way – as an adult child – you may be in a unique position to help your parents sort through their belongings in the downsizing process. This may involve helping to select items that should make the move, which should be kept in the family as heirlooms, and which items to toss, sell or give away.

Q: I want to be sure my parent is in a community that will help (him/her) 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 involves a “culture of wellness,” – to help promote life balance and independence for all residents. It’s a combination of programs and amenities that contribute directly to our residents’ quality of life, along with a culturally and intellectually engaging calendar of events. Take a look at our monthly calendar of events and ask for detailed information!

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:

  • Both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home or in another senior living community. This may be due to a recent hospitalization, or a chronic illness which has gradually been worsening.
  • Your parent or loved one needs a higher level of care temporarily after a hospitalization, but a return to home or other accommodation is anticipated after a brief period of time.

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.

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