Assisted living can be a rewarding option for seniors who require extra help with daily tasks but still want to maintain independence. However, deciding if this option is right for you or a loved one involves many important questions.
To help aid your search, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked assisted living questions that cover everything from benefits and costs to tips on choosing the right community near you.
7 Assisted Living Questions
Is moving to an assisted living community in your future? This comprehensive guide answers your top questions, so you can confidently decide.
What Is assisted living?
Assisted living is a type of housing for seniors who need support with daily activities, such as:
- Medication management
Communities like Sweetwater, for example, go the extra step by offering residents their own private apartment homes and access to communal areas for meals, activities, events, and socializing.
We also offer additional services that include:
- Maintenance-free living
Sweetwater and many assisted living communities around the country aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for seniors while promoting independence and quality of life.
Is assisted living the same as a nursing home?
The terms “assisted living” and “nursing homes” often get used interchangeably, but many differences exist between the two.
Nursing homes provide more intensive clinical care and support, often for seniors with chronic conditions or disabilities. In comparison, assisted living is designed for seniors who need help with daily activities but do not require constant medical attention—though 24/7 support is available!
Another key difference is the community environment. At Sweetwater, for example, we pride ourselves on creating a home-like setting where you get to choose your schedule and live in your own apartment home. And although we like to keep our communal areas clean and sanitized, it never feels clinical in our communities. Instead, it feels and looks like home.
Learn more about the differences between assisted living vs. nursing home.
What type of amenities can I expect?
Assisted living communities typically offer a range of services and amenities to support residents’ daily needs and promote their overall well-being.
These may include:
- Assistance with activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing, and grooming)
- Medication management
- Laundry services
- 24-hour staff availability for emergencies
At Sweetwater, we also make sure residents have access to social and recreational activities, such as fitness classes, arts and crafts, and outings to local attractions.
You’ll also find at each location the following:
- Beauty salon
- Outdoor garden or patio
- Theater room
- Game (or Billiard) room
- Cafe or ice cream parlor
Be sure to research and tour different communities to find one that offers the services and amenities that best meet your or your loved one’s needs and lifestyle.
How much does assisted living cost?
The cost of assisted living can vary widely depending on location, level of care needed, and amenities offered. Therefore, it’s important to research and compare costs of different communities in your desired area to find one that fits your budget. Additionally, some states offer financial assistance programs for seniors who need help paying for retirement.
Medicare generally does not cover assisted living as it is considered a non-medical service. However, some long-term care insurance policies may cover certain costs. Therefore, checking with your insurance provider to see what is covered under your policy is an important first step.
Additionally, some seniors may be eligible for financial assistance through Medicaid or veterans benefits programs.
For questions about costs, contact us!
Can I keep my doctor?
In most cases, you are able to keep your current doctor. However, you’ll want to discuss this with your healthcare team and the community to ensure they can work together and provide the necessary care for you.
Some doctors, for example, may not be able to travel to the community, but they can still provide care through telemedicine or by referring you to a doctor who can visit you. Additionally, communities like Sweetwater offer transportation services so that you can schedule a safe ride to and from your doctor’s office. Again, you’ll want to work with your primary clinician and community to ensure your long-term care needs are met.
Can I have a car in assisted living?
The answer to this depends on your capabilities and the policies of your assisted living community. Some residents, for example, may still be able to drive and maintain their independence, while others may require assistance with transportation or rely on community-provided transportation services.
You’ll want to work closely with your doctor and community to answer this question, as every individual is different, and each community has its own set of rules and guidelines.
Which assisted living community is right for me?
Choosing the right assisted living facility can be a daunting task, but it’s important to take the time to research and compare your options.
Start by listing your must-haves and deal-breakers, such as location, level of care needed, and amenities offered. Then, schedule tours of the communities you’re interested in and ask plenty of questions.
Don’t be afraid to ask about staff qualifications, safety measures, and the community’s policies on resident privacy.
Finally, read online reviews and talk to current residents and their families to understand the community’s reputation and quality of care.
Still have questions?
If you didn’t see your assisted living questions on this list, we invite you to contact us directly. Our team can help you find the correct information and resources to help you feel confident about your assisted living journey! In the meantime, view our FAQs page for more top questions!