No matter your age, moving is life-changing. There is a lot to think about, especially when you’re considering a move from a private residence into a community of care. The first question to be settled is the type of community that’s best for you. Because there are many different types of living/care arrangements available, it can get a little confusing.
Independent living is best suited to those who are able to manage quite well on their own but would like to be free from the burden of property ownership. Most independent living communities also offer social, recreational and educational activities to their residents. Onsite security and the knowledge that help is just a phone call away makes independent living ideal for today’s active, healthy seniors.
The independent living community of Highgrove at Tate’s Creek is similar to a quaint gated community. Each cottage includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage and kitchen. The cottages are maintenance free and include utilities, phone, cable, and internet. Residents of the cottages may come to the assisted living community to participate in activities and utilize the amenities if they would like. They can also enjoy a meal in the assisted living dining room for a small fee.
Although residents in assisted living communities may have some medical needs, the primary focus of assisted living is socialization. Research shows that seniors who stay active and social experience better health, a greater sense of well-being, and may recover from illness more quickly.
In addition to the social aspects, assisted living residents benefit from help with activities of daily living if they need it: bathing, dressing, grooming, personal hygiene, and meals. Transportation, shopping, laundry services and housekeeping services are provided which makes it easier for residents to maintain their independence. Residents may receive help with their medications, such as reminders, but staff do not administer medications.
At Highgrove, we recognize that each of our assisted living residents have unique needs and preferences. Our Wellness Director meets with each new resident and their families to assess these needs and preferences and design a personalized service plan. The community is resort-like with meals prepared by a professionally trained chef in a fine dining atmosphere.
Social activities at Highgrove include music, holiday celebrations, meals, summer cookouts, exercise programs, arts and crafts, bingo, card games, outings to local restaurants, museums and shows, and much more! On-site salon, chapel and a movie theater are just a few of the “little things” that make living at Highgrove truly special.
Highgrove offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, allowing siblings, life-long friends, and couples to remain together as they age. All apartments include private baths with walk-in showers, kitchenettes, and large closets. Each resident at Highgrove has a pendant to use if they need any additional assistance. Highgrove has staff onsite 24 hours a day.
Personal care communities are similar to assisted living communities. The main difference between the two types of communities is that personal care has nursing staff onsite. Personal care is a higher level of care than assisted living, therefore they are able to provide nursing services such as wound care and direct administration of medications. Personal care communities have a Medical Director that oversees the residents’ care needs.
Memory care communities specialize in providing compassionate care to individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. Memory care communities are typically secured environments with specialized programming. Memory care communities can be certified assisted living or a licensed personal care.
The Varietas program provides socialization, creative outlets, exercise, high-quality nutrition, and cognitive activities that help to reduce, or even prevent confusion, depression and anxiety that those with dementia can experience. The Varietas program incorporates behavior based ergonomic therapy which can often cut down the use of certain medications.
Highgrove’s memory care has a state-of-the-art security system which allows residents to live independently while remaining within the comfort of a safe and secure environment.
Skilled Nursing Home
Skilled nursing can be short term and/or long term depending on the medical needs of a person. Skilled nursing is usually required following a hospitalization, surgery, or a significant change in health. In a short-term situation, a person is there for rehabilitation which focuses on helping the individual regain strength and stamina so they can return to their home, or in some cases, move into assisted living. In a long-term situation, a person receives skilled nursing care due to requiring full care with activities of daily living, full assistance with mobility, and daily nursing needs. Long-term care residents typically do not “step down” to independent or assisted living.
A Place for Those you Love
Now that you know a little more about the different types of care communities out there, Highgrove at Tates Creek invites you to visit to find out more if you’re interested in Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care. We offer free, no-obligation personal tours, during which time we will answer all of your questions and help you in your decision making. If we can help you feel more secure in your decision and even more comfortable in your new home, it would be our honor. Please allow us to be a resource to you. Give us a call at (859) 245-0100.