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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Senior Living

At Monticello West, we believe you should have access to reliable information and resources that might help you understand just about everything you need to know about senior care.

What exactly is assisted living?

The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services, and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing, and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer’s and dementia, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence, or other challenges.

What’s the difference between skilled nursing and assisted living?

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-hours-a-day health care by doctors.

When is it time to consider assisted living for a parent or loved one?

Assisted living may be a good choice if:

  • Personal care needs have become too great to handle at home or in another senior living community, or if safely completing the activities of daily living has become an issue either at home or with care from another
  • Your parent or loved one could benefit from a community atmosphere with round-the-clock assistance and oversight

What is the importance of the Jefferson Bridge program at Monticello West?

The level of care our residents need can fluctuate over time. From barely any assistance, to needing help accomplishing daily living activities, the Jefferson Bridge acts as a way to connect residents with just the right level of memory care at the just the right time.

How does the Jefferson Bridge help families dealing with loved ones experiencing memory loss?

nurse and man in walkerDealing with the struggles of memory loss is difficult for the individual suffering, as well as the family around them. At Monticello West, we understand the emotions involved during this transition and use the Jefferson Bridge to facilitate the move to a memory care program. Our residents can move back and forth between independent living and assisted living memory care programming as often as needed.

The flexibility of the Jefferson Bridge makes it possible for couples to find the exact level of care they need, while still staying together. Each spouse can receive the memory care support needed each day and then reunite at the couple’s primary setting. It’s the best of both worlds, making Monticello West a top choice for memory care in Dallas.

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What is memory care?

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.

What is the difference between memory care and assisted living?

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.

When does my loved one need memory care?

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.

What should I look for in a memory care community?

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.

Is my loved one better off living at home with dementia?

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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“Mom loves her apartment. It’s nicely painted and carpeted, and the size is perfect for her. She has a living room area with a full-size couch and chairs, so she can entertain guests. I visit a couple of times a week, and my husband swings by on other days. My son stops by every few weeks, too. Mom has her own space that looks and feels like home. Every time I’m there, she just seems contented. ”

-Cindy, Daughter of Resident

“The minute I entered the community I liked what I saw, but it didn’t stop there. I’ve visited other communities where the furniture was lovely in the main areas and when you proceeded down the hallways, it was a different scenario. But as we continued to look around at Monticello West, I thought: This is pleasant! ”

-Mary, Resident

“The staff is caring and genuine. From the beginning, we didn’t feel like we were being processed, date-stamped and handed off to the next person. The community must have an exceptional hiring process, because I have yet to find someone there who isn’t qualified, doesn’t respect me or that I don’t enjoy. The caregivers are polite, and perhaps most important, I trust them.”

-Susan, Daughter of Resident

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Whether you’re seeking an active, independent lifestyle in a spacious apartment, need a little help with daily activities, a place to recover successfully following an illness or injury, or a loved one requires personalized memory care, you’ll find the senior living services you need here in the Park Cities. Best of all, your loved ones will get the help they need in surroundings that feel like home.

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