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Assisted Living

What is assisted living?

Assisted living is not a nursing or retirement home, but rather a long-term care option for seniors. Services vary from community to community, but Arbor communities tailor assisted living services and levels of care to each individual senior, based on their physical and medical needs. For the most part, assisted living residents are independent, needing help with tasks like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication management, and transportation, but not necessarily 24-hour supervision.

Is assisted living different from a nursing home?

Yes. The Arbor Company’s assisted living communities are residential living communities that provide supportive assistance and coordinate care with other providers in the residents’ home. As a community of caregivers, we are committed to engaging and enriching the health and spirit of our residents. We honor individuality and develop deep connections with our residents, families, and staff.

How do you know it's time for assisted living?

Change is difficult, but it’s essential you or your loved one does not wait for a crisis to dictate a move to assisted living. In fact, many families are surprised that assisted living actually makes their loved one more independent and wish they’d moved sooner. Residents are offered the exact amount of support they need, without having to rely on family members or friends for various tasks.

By exploring your options now, you have more time to make an informed decision and weigh your choices. This also ensures you can choose the right community for you or your loved one, versus choosing a community solely based on availability. As you consider whether now is “the time,” take into account safety and quality of life. Are you or your loved one unsafe living at home? Do you or your loved one stay inside and only eat microwave dinners? An assisted living community provides healthy meals and clinical oversight, but it also provides laughter, support, and a true sense of community. It's a place where friendships are formed and life is lived to the fullest every day. And guess what? Someone else will clean up for you after your party!

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Is anyone not eligible for assisted living?

Assisted living is not designed for adults needing 24-hour nursing services. Each state has regulations that mandate the level of care we can provide in our assisted living and memory care communities. Contact an Arbor care counselor for a personalized assessment to see if assisted living is right for you.

How can family members check in on care?

As a family member, you can relax knowing your loved one is being taken care of 24 hours a day. If an issue arises, we will notify you and work together to resolve it. As a resident, rest assured your family can visit at any time. Often, family members take residents home for visits, errands, or any other number of reasons.

What is the staff-to-resident ratio?

Though the staff-to-resident ratio varies with each community, Arbor Company communities strive to lead the industry with a robust, highly trained staff.

What types of services and amenities are offered?

Every Arbor Company community is unique, and each assisted living community ensures each person receives individualized attention. A community’s resident care director and a licensed nurse determine the appropriate level of care, based on a resident’s abilities and needs.

Amenities include:

  • Choice of apartment style with refrigerator provided
  • Utilities, besides telephone and cable, included
  • Emergency call system with 24-hour response
  • Three nutritious meals, served restaurant-style
  • Stimulating activities, social events, and outings
  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping services
  • Routine and preventive maintenance of apartments, common areas, and grounds
  • Round-the-clock trained professional staff
  • Access to Arbor’s Wellness Program, supervised by a licensed nurse

Arbor communities allow you to transition from assisted living to memory care if the need arises, creating a more seamless transition with minimal disruption.

Memory Care

What is the purpose of a memory care community?

Memory care communities offer a staff of highly trained and experienced caregivers and clinicians, while also giving seniors with dementia a safe and purpose-designed place to live and thrive. Arbor memory care communities are specifically designed to decrease wandering and increase quality of life for residents, keeping them safe and protected. Our staff is specifically trained to care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and the related diseases of dementia, including their physical, mental, and social well-being.

Even better, memory care communities serve both seniors and their families. Social workers, nurses, caregivers, and life enrichment staff are available to give you different techniques and interventions that can make visits and bonding time more pleasant and comforting for everyone. Setting up a calm and happy visit can be the best gift that you or your loved one could receive.

Does the community prevent or slow down memory loss?

While most dementias do not have a cure, many can be slowed by early professional care and medical intervention, which can give families more time to get affairs in order, prepare for the future, and—most importantly—enjoy being a family.

Not all dementias are the same; symptoms can vary from type to type, from person to person. While each type of dementia is unique, it is important to note that almost all are irreversible and progressive. Most seniors living with dementia will need assistance with day-to-day activities as their disease progresses. Just as the symptoms of dementia are unique to the individual, so are the interventions that work to give each person affected a high quality of life.

The silver lining in this experience is the memory care community that your family chooses. Trained professionals can assist you and your loved one, setting you free to enjoy your family relationships without the struggles and frustrations of providing medical care. Your loved one can live with dementia and maintain as much independence as the disease allows, with the right help and guidance.

What types of activities can be found in memory care?

From card games to Bingo to Jenga to board games to charades, there’s always plenty of friendly competition to keep residents sharp. Trivia, along with other reminiscing exercises, is popular among memory care residents, as it’s a way to stimulate the mind and feel good about remembering. Other activities include art classes, fitness and wellness programs, social events, and special trips and outings. Routinized daily activities give structure and a confidence of knowing what comes next.

While there are are not curative treatments for the primary classes of dementia, therapies—music, art, animal, aroma, storytelling, and sensory stimulation—can improve quality of life for people with dementia by lifting spirits, mending family relationships, and even extending or improving cognitive function for a time.

Therapies like these can improve moods, may lead to moments of insight and clarity, and can help a person function to the best of their ability. These therapies are most successful when they are approached with the goal of bringing a smile or a good feeling to a person with dementia rather than with the expectation that they will lead to long-term improvement.

How do I know my loved one needs memory care?

As you consider whether now is “the time,” take into account safety and quality of life. Are you or your loved one unsafe living at home? Do you or your loved one stay inside and only eat microwave dinners? A memory care community provides healthy meals and clinical oversight, but it also provides laughter, support, and a true sense of community. It's a place where friendships are formed and life is lived to the fullest every day. As a rule, if a symptom is impacting your loved one’s day-to-day living in some way, it is worth addressing with a physician. Even if your concerns are ultimately deemed unnecessary, chatting with your loved one’s doctor can give you peace of mind.

Change is difficult, but it’s essential you or your loved one does not wait for a crisis to dictate a move to memory care. By exploring your options now, you have more time to make an informed decision and weigh your choices. It also ensures you can choose the right community for you or your loved one, versus choosing a community solely based on availability. Arbor residents are offered the exact amount of support they need, without having to rely on family members or friends for various tasks.

Visit our resources page for more information

What types of services and amenities are offered?

While every Arbor Company community is unique, there are several services that are offered across all our communities, notably our award-winning Dining with DignityⓇ program. Nutritious, flavorful meals are prepared by expert chefs and are designed to reduce the risk of choking and aspiration.

The Bridges and Evergreen programs offered in Arbor memory care communities are our neighborhoods that specialize in caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. Evergreen has its own full-time program director who provides individualized care and programs to meet each resident’s unique needs.

Memory care community amenities include:

  • Individual care plan for each resident
  • Caring staff, trained as dementia care specialists
  • Medication supervision provided by a licensed nurse
  • Structured guidance and activities program, integrating daily tasks of living and engaging residents at all levels
  • On-site Alzheimer’s support group
  • Group or one-on-one counseling for family members
  • Custom-designed neighborhood with dining, living, and activities areas
  • Secured and monitored entries and exits
  • Screened porch
  • Ongoing training for staff and caregivers

Independent Living

What is independent living?

Arbor Company full-service independent living communities offer a maintenance-free lifestyle with numerous amenities and luxury services to fit your every wants and needs. These communities focus on your comfortable independent lifestyle, but also offer you peace of mind if a health issue arises. Our residents are surprised at just how much independence they have. For example, you still purchase toiletries such as soap, shampoo, tissue, and toilet paper.

Will I be the youngest / oldest person in the community?

Each Arbor community is home to residents of varying ages, but one thing is for sure: Age is nothing but a number. You won’t notice if you’re the youngest or oldest person in the community because you’ll likely be too busy to ask. Communities cater to a wide range of interests, with activities that stimulate you physically, mentally, and socially.

What types of services and amenities are offered?

While every Arbor Company community is unique, there are several services that are offered across all our communities, notably our award-winning Dining with DignityⓇ program. Nutritious, flavorful meals are prepared by expert chefs and are designed to reduce the risk of choking and aspiration.

Communities also allow residents to continue to pursue their passions and discover new ones with our Engaged Living program. Residents can fill up their social calendar as much or as little as they’d like with activities in categories such as art and education, health and wellness, recreation and leisure, volunteering, and spiritual reflections.

We also hire the most experienced staff and invest in their ongoing training and education. They’re equipped to provide specialized understanding and knowledge for our residents and their families. Weekly housekeeping and linen service is also provided.

Can I bring my own car?

Yes, some residents choose to bring their own car.

Payment and Finance

How much does it cost?

Costs for independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities vary based on location, amenities, and services, among other factors. Arbor Company communities accommodate a range of budgets. Find a community near you for pricing and availability

Does Medicare cover the cost?

Medicare does not cover the rent and care costs of independent living, and its coverage of assisted living is limited to pharmacy, rehab, and other services through Medicare Part B.

Making the Move

Are pets allowed?

Our independent living communities are pet-friendly. For our assisted living and memory care residents, pets are not allowed. Connect with a community near you to find out the community-specific requirements.

Are meal plan customizations available?

Yes. Our team works hard to customize meals to specific dietary requirements, including allergies.

Are the rooms furnished?

We recommend you bring in all of the items that you love, that provide comfort, and that will help meet your care needs, such as photos, favorite books, and a phone. We encourage residents to make their apartments feel like home, though it’s important to keep in mind there is likely less space to decorate. Arbor communities offer respite services where you can temporarily move into a furnished apartment.

What furniture should I bring?

For most senior living apartments, residents are given an empty space ready to be filled with their own furniture. When in doubt, ask what items are supplied and what larger pieces you can bring. Measure your space before you arrive to ensure there’s room for your must-have pieces.

If your loved one arrives at the senior living community before the majority of possessions, be sure to bring in the necessities as quickly as possible. Think important documents like Medicare cards and a driver license, comfortable clothing, a favorite book, tablet, or smartphone, and a few photos to make the space look as homey as possible. Then, as more furniture and possessions arrive, you can work to put items in their new space.

Is transportation provided?

Our communities offer transportation to local shopping, downtowns, and other area attractions, ensuring you can get where you want to go, when you want to go there. Getting out of the home is important, and we do everything to encourage it!

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