Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Senior Living
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 disease or other forms of 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 Vine 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 Vine acts as a way to connect residents with just the right level of memory care at the just the right time.
How does The Vine help families dealing with loved ones experiencing memory loss?
Dealing 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 Vine 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 Vine 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.
What is memory care?
Memory care is specialized support for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Monticello West 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 who 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. Read our blog about the topic.
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 your 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 community’s safety features. Emergency alert systems and secure open spaces should be provided so residents can safely 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.