The decision to choose to place a loved one in any setting other than their own home can be an extremely difficult one because everyone has a fear of the unknown. How will my loved one cope with this change? How will the care they receive differ from what they can offer themselves? Is my loved one ready to enter another stage, or season, in their life? It is often more difficult on the children or caregivers to answer these questions and make the decision to place their family member in an assisted living or memory care facility than it would be the aging parent themselves.
Please take a moment to read our FAQ page to gain a better understanding of how we can help in this process.
Q: Is my loved one ready for an assisted living?
A: Often times a family member will not have a thorough understanding of the struggles a parent or loved one is facing in their own home. This is no fault of their own as children prefer to see their parents as the strong, self-reliant person they were years ago. Also, parents don’t always include their family members in the struggles they are facing on their own. Here are a few tell-tale signs that are easy to miss in the declining independence of a loved one.
A parent will have unexplained bruising from trips or falls they may not want visible to loved ones.
Weight loss may become apparent and upon further examination, food in the pantry or refrigerator is not getting eaten and is left to spoil.
Children may notice their parent wearing the same clothes regularly.
You may notice your parent frequently forgetting to take their medicine.
The house or the gardening may be visibly neglected as it is hard for your parent to maintain.
The onset of new worries such as weird noises at night or the inability to get help in an emergency situation may arise.
You have an increasing suspicion that the environment or the surroundings are becoming such a daily struggle for your loved one, that they are missing the joys in those daily activities.
Q: How will the care my loved one receives from a Changing Seasons Senior Living Facility differ from that
they receive at home?
A: Assisted livings are able to combine personal health services and housing to meet each person’s needs intentionally. Our staff members will provide assistance with walking or mobilization, cooking, dining, personal hygiene, laundry, dressing, monitoring of medications, cleaning, and other skills lost in the aging process.
Q: Is someone in the facility 24 hours a day?
A: Yes, we will have 24 hour awake staff 24/7.
Q: How does an assisted living differ from a nursing home?
A: An assisted living is generally defined as facility for people who need help with the activities of daily living (ADLs). Assisted living facilities are special facilities that span the gap between independent living and nursing homes. These facilities may be temporary or long-term housing. They are especially designed to help seniors who are mostly independent but need help with some of the day-to-day activities. The level of care in a nursing home facility is much more intensive and requires that assistance to be provided to its residents not out of convenience, but rather a necessity to live.
Q: Does my loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia need to be in a locked and secured facility?
A: While regular assisted living communities may be able to offer sufficient care to people with early to moderate Alzheimer’s or other kinds of dementia, they are usually not equipped to care for people with symptoms associated with advanced stages of the illness, which include difficulty chewing and swallowing, wandering, as well as behavior problems and a host of other issues. In this case, dedicated memory care is required.
Q: What does a locked unit in a memory care facility consist of?
A: The units, usually called locked units or secured units, focus on applying cognitive and mental activities to try and help keep the mind fresh. Since there is no cure for the disease, the goal is to work at prolonging or delaying the disease. If one is not engaged in activity, his or her memory will deteriorate more rapidly. Therefore, we work with your loved one to involve them in activities that spark their interest while maintaining a feeling of independence, allowing them to make their own choices and uphold their self-worth. We allow our occupants to go freely about our residences as well as the beautiful gardens areas and separate activity centers, featured at all Changing Season Senior Living Facilities.
Q: Are all Changing Seasons Senior Living Facilities licensed?
A: Yes, all of our buildings are licensed in the State of Texas with DADS, the Department of Aging and Disability Services. It is important to note that not all of the facilities in Texas are licensed as there are very strenuous guidelines that must be met and maintained in order to receive your license.
Q: What is the cost of living in an assisted living or memory care facility, such as those offered by Changing
Seasons Senior Living?
A: We are very competitive in the market, but to get a better understanding of what we offer, please contact us for a free consultation of your loved one.
Q: Are Medicare, Medicaid, or Health Insurance able to pay for my loved one’s stay at any Changing Seasons
Senior Living Facility?
A: Unfortunately, we are a private pay facility. However, we do accept long term care insurance policies and veterans’ benefits. Call us if you have any questions as we may be able to help you find the right financial assistance or could help you connect with someone who can explain the resources available to you.
Q: Who is responsible for dispensing the medications that my loved one many need?
A: We will have a registered nurse oversee the storage and management of all medication in our facility.
Q: What is the staffing ratio at Changing Seasons Senior Living Facilities?
A: Our ratio of residents to staff members is a minimum of 3 caregivers to 16 residents during the day. Overnight, we offer 2 caregivers in an effort to reduce the noise and distractions for residents. These caregivers will be available to meet any and all needs at night as well as prepare for the upcoming day.
Q: Does Changing Seasons Senior Living do background checks on their staff members and volunteers?
A: All employee of Changing Seasons Senior Living must undergo a thorough background check as well as provide references from personal relationships and previous employers.
Changing Seasons Senior Living offers:
Three home-cooked meals a day
Regular cleaning of rooms
Laundry services tailored to each person
Group activities suitable for all interests
Social activities with local community groups such as Girl Scouts
24-hour staffing to facilitate planned and unplanned resident needs
Assistance with daily activities such as walking, eating, bathing, etc.
Monitoring of medications
A safe and secure environment for your loved one to relax and feel at home
As always, if you have questions that range beyond these, feel free to contact us.