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Family Resources


Helping you understand the language of senior living.

Helping someone you love explore retirement community options often requires a little translation. This brief glossary will help you differentiate plans, services, and senior living options.


Assisted Living

Assisted living communities typically provide services which allow the resident to maintain a degree of independence, while offering a helping hand with given tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and taking medications.

Independent Living

In an independent living (or residential living) community, residents are capable of living in a residence with or without assistance.

Long-term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance developed specifically to cover the cost of skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care, and other long-term care services. These services are usually not covered by traditional health insurance or Medicare.

Medicare

The federal health insurance program called Medicare is designed for people who are 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover specific services and care.

Memory Care

A specialized type of elder care, memory care is tailored specifically for the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive disorders.

Nursing Home (or Health Center)

Skilled nursing care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes or health centers, are licensed health care communities that are inspected and regulated by a state’s Department of Health Services. They offer long- and short-term care for individuals who need rehabilitation services or who suffer from serious or persistent health issues that are often too complicated to be tended to at home.

Rehabilitation Services

Services designed to help an individual recover from an injury, operation, stroke, or illness. These may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. In most cases, services are planned to help the patient return as closely as possible to pre-challenge levels. The services may be residential (inpatient), or outpatient, and may be short- or long-term, depending on the needs of the patient.

Retirement Community

The term “retirement community” encompasses a wide scope of variations—several of which are covered here. Rental communities, continuing care, Life Care, assisted living, and skilled nursing care communities all fall within the spectrum, as do age-restricted communities of individually owned homes with common services and amenities.

Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled nursing care communities offer daily nursing care, provided or supervised by licensed medical personnel.

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Many organizations dedicated to seniors and senior care offer useful information and details on their websites. We’ve assembled a collection of links to helpful resources.


AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.

Administration on Aging provides home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.

Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

Arthritis Foundation provides members with specialist referrals, Arthritis Today magazine, and updates on the newest research.

Caregiver.com offers support and guidance for family and professional caregivers through newsletters, online discussion, Today’s Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and more.

Caring Connections is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

LeadingAge is focused on advocacy of effective services for seniors including home health, hospice, assisted living, continuing care and more.

Elder Law Answers supports seniors, their families, and their attorneys in legal issues surrounding aging.

Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home.

GovBenefits.gov is the official benefits site of the US Government with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.

Hospice Foundation of America exists to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief and bereavement.

International Council on Aging unifies organizations focused on older adults and provides education, information, resources, and tools.

National Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization with a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders.

VA.gov explains U.S. Government Veterans’ Affairs benefits to assist eligible veterans and dependents with the expense of intermediate or skilled nursing care.

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When you have worries about senior family members living alone or getting the care they need, we have quick answers to questions you might have.


A. It’s never too early to plan ahead. Look for signs. Your loved one may start losing/gaining weight and not eating properly. Are household chores, stairs, or medications becoming difficult to manage? Does your loved one appear to be bored, lonely or less interested in longtime hobbies? Watch for changes in grooming habits and a general lack of enjoyment in life. All could be indications your loved one would benefit from day-to-day assistance.
A. Most of us assume occasional memory problems are common for individuals over age 65. However, when parents or loved ones forget important appointments, repeat things constantly, or wander away from home it’s not just a natural part of aging. Only a doctor can diagnose Alzheimer’s—the most common form of dementia, but if memory symptoms worsen and you have concerns about your loved one’s safety or security, it’s definitely time to consider memory care.
A. Assisted living offers seniors an opportunity to remain independent while receiving assistance with activities of daily living. It is a great option when 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitative care, such as a nursing home environment, is not required, but just a little daily help is needed.

Activities of daily living include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, self-administration of medications, or the administration of medications, and more. The staff may also assist with housekeeping, shopping, laundry—whatever the resident needs to keep feeling independent as long as possible.

A. Memory care communities are often licensed as assisted living communities, but the staff has undergone additional training to handle the needs of those who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Programming designed specifically for those with dementia is also an important part of memory care, and should focus on promoting physical and emotional wellbeing, prolong daily functioning, and maintain a sense of purpose, satisfaction, dignity, and quality of life.
A. When your loved one can take part in the decision—not after a health concern arises, putting everyone in crisis-management mode. With activities, outings, dining, and fitness programs to keep your loved one active, it’s easier to maintain health, self-reliance, and a positive outlook on life.
A. Yes. Small pets are lovingly welcomed at The Preserve.
A. Seniors frequently have concerns about giving up their independent lifestyle for a move to a retirement community. Explain the benefits of moving to The Preserve.
A. You can complete our contact form to request information. Or call us right away. We welcome your inquiries anytime. Call (954) 970-2700 to speak to a representative. Contact Us