8 Things You Don’t Know About Assisted Living


1. Assisted Living Communities Provide Different Levels of Care

There’s no nationwide definition for assisted living. Instead, states license and regulate assisted living facilities. Levels of care vary from one community to the next — even if they’re in the same state. Some communities are able to offer many of the same services available in skilled nursing, either by employing home health agencies or full-time staff members. Some even provide care to residents who are bedridden or need help eating. It often depends on the community’s licensing and care offerings.

Every Senior’s needs are unique. We created personalized care plans for all of our Residents prior to move-in. This plan accounts for their unique wants and needs. As future needs arise, these care plans are easily modified.

2. Each Community is Unique

Besides care differences, the look and feel of communities vary as well. Some communities have a more formal, traditional design, while others may have a more homelike ambiance. There’s no standard size for assisted living communities either. Some communities have many amenities while others may have just the basics. It is best to think about what is most important to you or your loved one, do some research and select a few communities to visit prior to making a decision.

We offer a luxury senior living experience in a resort-style setting with ample onsite amenities as well as spacious studios and delightfully roomy one- and two-bedroom suites. Your monthly rent is inclusive of utilities, chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, laundry service, transportation to medical appointments, shopping, entertainment outings, engaging activities, happy hour, social events, and exercise programs.

3. Pets are Often Welcome

Assisted living communities have become more pet-friendly. Policies vary; you may find specific breed restrictions and weight limits at certain communities. The pet policy often includes cats, birds, and fish. Some of the positive effects of pet therapy in assisted living:

• Lowered stress

• Fewer symptoms of depression

• Decreased heart rate and blood pressure

• Help with language and memory issues associated with sundown syndrome

• Greater sense of purpose and self-worth

To many of our residents, their pets are family too. They couldn’t imagine living without them and we don’t want them to. Pets add greatly to our residents’ quality of life and we’re happy to offer pet-friendly suites. We welcome cats or dogs weighing less than 35 pounds, caged birds or fish in a 10-gallon or less tank.

4. Assisted Living Costs are Lower than You Think

Assisted living can be less expensive than maintaining a home and employing a full-time home care aide.

• There are also many ways to spend less on assisted living.

• Compare all-inclusive pricing versus à la carte costs

• Look into VA benefits to help offset the costs of long-term care

• Consider selling or surrendering a life insurance policy

• Review Long-term care insurance policies

At Tuscan Gardens Senior Living, services included are extensive — chef-prepared meals, utilities, emergency response systems, scheduled housekeeping and transportation to name just a few. In general, supportive services and care, such as help with bathing, dressing band medication management are assessed and only charged based on the amount of services needed.

5. Assisted Living Communities are NOT the Same as Nursing Homes

Over the past 30 years, the terms “senior living” and “nursing home” have come to represent quite different concepts. While nursing homes tend to have a negative connotation, assisted living communities offer a vibrant lifestyle. These are some of the main differences between assisted living and nursing homes:

• Assisted living residents are largely independent, but may need help with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. Nursing home residents tend to need 24-hour assistance.

• Assisted living residents are mobile, while those who are bedridden typically require nursing homes.

• Assisted living residents typically live in a studio, or one- or twobedroom apartment. Nursing home residents generally have a single or semi-private room.

• Assisted living residents don’t need ongoing medical attention. Nursing home residents require fully staffed, skilled nursing medical attention on a daily 24/7 basis.

6. There are Culturally Diverse Options

More and more assisted living communities are designed to meet the unique cultural, dietary, linguistic, and religious-based needs of local populations. In Florida, many assisted living communities celebrate Jewish holidays, hold weekly Shabbat services, and serve kosher foods from certified-kosher kitchens. As America ages and diversifies, there’s an increasing demand for niche retirement communities, including communities geared toward golf fans and LGBTQ residents.

7. Specialized Memory Care May Be Offered in Assisted Living

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Many assisted living facilities offer dedicated memory care programs for residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Seniors with early stage Alzheimer’s or dementia often can live among assisted living residents. As the condition advances, residents transition to the memory care section of the community with specially trained staff members and extra safety precautions.

Tuscan Gardens®’ proprietary transitional memory care program, ASPIRE, can powerfully support all of your loved one’s needs throughout their entire journey. The luxurious, yet safe and comforting neighborhood, is nestled within our active assisted living community. Featuring innovative layouts, activity spaces and tools for promoting familiarity and reducing confusion, giving our memory care residents more versatility and dignity.

8. Communities Work to Keep Couples Together

Does one of your parents need more assistance than the other? Are you worried they won’t be able to live together in an assisted living community? These are common concerns for couples in assisted living. Fortunately, many communities have plans to help accommodate couples with different needs. Keeping couples together is always a priority. In instances where it isn’t possible; for example, if one parent needs memory care, a solution could be as simple as creating a regular visiting schedule/routine from one portion of the community to the other.

At Tuscan Gardens Senior Living®, all of our communities have multitiered care levels that range from Independent-Plus to Memory Care. Because we have a wide range of customizable care programs, we can work with our residents to create a plan ensuring each resident gets the assistance they need – even when care levels differ with a cohabitating couple.

When it comes to your aging loved ones, don’t settle for anything less than the very BEST! Contact us today to schedule a personalized tour.