How Do I Choose?
How do I decide on the care and services that are best for my loved one or me?
Senior lifestyle and care options vary widely, and the choices can be overwhelming. It’s important to think about what kinds of assistance and/or medical care you or your loved one needs now, and what additional care may be needed in the future. At every Glen Park Healthy Living, we can assist you with assessing those needs and finding the right lifestyle and care for you.
Independent living is for seniors who do not need assistance with everyday life, but who want to live a maintenance-free lifestyle in a community with social activities and others like them.
Assisted living is for seniors who can no longer live on their own, but who do not need complex medical supervision–just friendly assistance with the activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing, getting around, or medication reminders.
Skilled health care (also called skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes) is for those who need ongoing medical care and supervision because of medical needs. It is also for anyone who needs short-term concentrated nursing or rehabilitation while recovering from surgery or an illness.
Full service retirement communities, sometimes called continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), offer two or three levels of care services, so seniors who are independent can live there knowing that if they ever need assistance or care due to age or medical needs, it will be available right where they are.
Are all senior living communities alike?
Retirement and assisted living communities vary greatly depending on:
- levels of care and assistance provided
- amenities offered
- number of residences
- and price
In addition, although Glen Park has four communities, each one maintains a distinctive flair and style unique to its location and history.
All of our Glen Park Healthy Living communities specialize in memory impairment but can also offer services for those who are in need in independent living and assisted living. All of our communities offer social and recreational activities. Others are located in more rural areas and offer a more peaceful, quiet environment.
Take some time to visit several communities before deciding which is the right one for you or your loved one.
Is living at Assisted Living truly like living at home?
At Glen Park, we endeavor to provide a community that has all the comforts of home and just the right amount of help if it’s needed. Residents enjoy our thoughtfully designed rooms, exceptional dining, individualized services and lively activities that are tailored to their interests and abilities.
Residents are encouraged to furnish and decorate their apartments with all of the personal touches that make it a home. We listen carefully to resident preferences to understand the needs and desires of residents and their families, with the goal of providing the ideal level of assistance and care. Glen Park Healthy Living encourages interaction and social activities among residents while working individually with residents to promote independence.
Can a resident continue to live in Assisted Living when they need additional services and care?
You should carefully question any Assisted Living provider that tells you a resident can live at the community forever, even if their health care needs increase. The community may be unable to adequately meet the resident’s needs for the rest of his or her life, and regulations may limit the community’s ability to do so.
Each community in which Glen Park operates regulates the level of services we can provide in an Assisted Living community. If a resident develops needs that require services beyond those allowed by state regulations, we will assist the resident and family in finding the best alternative setting to address the resident’s needs.
Does Glen Park have programs for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments?
Glen Park is dedicated to the unique needs of residents with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive conditions. We focus on maximizing each resident’s quality-of-life by understanding and meeting his or her social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Our supportive environment promotes resident dignity, control and individuality.
I need someone to take care of a loved one while I am unavailable. Does Glen Park offer this service?
Glen Park Healthy Living offer short-term stay programs. Short-term stay customers enjoy the same community amenities, dining programs and customer service as residents. Our short-term stay program is a thoughtful solution when a caregiver is on vacation or needs a temporary break, a loved one requires a little extra attention following a medical procedure, or a caregiver is ill and unable to provide daily assistance. The short-term stay program is also a nice way to experience the lifestyle of a Glen Park community.
How do I pay for community accommodations and services?
These expenses are either paid for privately, or through a third-party source such as a long-term care insurance policy, depending on health care requirements. Our community based off Administrators can help with your financial planning when you visit and can assist you with long-term planning after you move in.
How does Glen Park set monthly fees?
Monthly fees vary by community, location, availability and services selected by the resident. Please call the community in which you are interested and ask for information about its monthly fees.
Can I bring my pet to the community?
We understand the importance of a family pet. Most Glen Park communities allow residents to have pets in their room. There is usually a pet fee and prior understanding of responsibility of the care for the pet. Be sure to check with the Glen Park community near you.
Can I bring my own furnishings to my new room?
Absolutely! Residents are encouraged to furnish and decorate their rooms with all the personal touches that make it a home. Glen Park residents and their families enjoy decorating their own rooms, based on their unique personalities.
How will I meet new people when I move in?
Many communities have welcome committees and resident councils that play an active role in introducing new residents to the community. Our residents are friendly people and many are likely to approach you when they notice a new face. Communities may also host welcome events for newcomers.
Are there assigned seats in the dining room?
Seats are assigned. Some residents though may choose to sit at a different table with their friends at dinner.
What are the visiting hours at a retirement community?
There are no set visiting hours. It’s just like living at home. You and your guests are free to come and go as you please. The only exception is residents in our Alzheimer memory support program, where access is limited for their own protection.
Can I entertain guests?
Absolutely! Residents are welcome to invite friends and family to dine with them at the community. An additional charge will apply. Most communities request advance reservations.
What kinds of activities do you have?
Glen Park offers a wide range of lively programs and events for residents. Activities vary by community, so please call the community in which you are interested and ask for the current programs and events calendar.
Do residents have any voice in the communities?
Yes. Most communities have a Resident Council that provides community management with resident input about services, programs and other items that concern residents.