Oaks Senior Living FAQs
We know many seniors and their families have questions about assisted living and Oaks. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions and answers.
How Does My Current Cost Of Living Compare To Cost Of Oaks Senior Living
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LIVING ON YOUR OWN VS. LIVING AT AN OAKS SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY
For most people beginning the transition into senior living, the cost is a primary consideration when deciding on a community. Surprisingly, seniors may be spending more money living alone for living expenses than what it costs to live in a community. This cost comparison worksheet will help you weigh out the cost of each living situation and what is right for your situation.
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Is There A Difference Between An Assisted Living Community and A Personal Care Home
Essentially, being classified as an assisted living community is an additional license for a personal care home to have. In 2012, Senate Bill 178 passed into law creating an additional level of Licensure for Personal Care Homes in Georgia.
In order for a Personal Care Home to achieve this new “Assisted Living” Licensure they must comply with several requirements from an operations and Life Safety standpoint. Requirements, such as increased training, employment of Certified Medication Aides, and increased Life Safety standards, such as fire sprinklers installed in all areas to name a few.
How does this new licensure benefit you? For one, you can feel more secure that the physical safety elements of our communities create a much safer environment in the event of a fire emergency. You are assured that the training and delivery of medications are of the highest standards due to Certified Medication Aides passing medications, compared to communities without this licensure where anyone of any training level can deliver and manage medications.
But most importantly, you stand a vastly greater chance of never having to move again allowing you to spend the rest of your life in your new home with all your friends and in the environment you love.
How Do I Discuss Memory Impairment With My Loved One
First, understand the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Dementia is a collection of symptoms, and not a specific disease. It won’t necessarily result in Alzheimer’s and in some cases is reversible under the right care.
Common symptoms include:
- Memory loss
- Loss of reasoning
- Loss of cognition and thinking skills
- Poor judgement
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It’s a progressive disease with symptoms gradually getting worse with time. The biggest indicator of Alzheimer’s disease is changes in mood and behavior.
When speaking to a loved one with one of these conditions, it is important to avoid questions involving why or how and just focus on what, when and where. Someone with Alzheimer’s disease can no longer reason, and these tips can decrease agitation and frustration. It may be helpful in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to use notes, calendars and signs to prompt the person to remember or at least follow a conversation.
Have further questions about Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Check out ALZ.ORG for more information about early symptoms.
Can Residents Have Visitors
Yes! Visitors are welcome at any time, we just ask that you sign in at the front desk prior to making your way to visit your loved one. This allows us to make sure our communities are safe at all times.
Are We Able To Take Residents Outside Of The Community
Yes! If you are taking your loved one out for a bit, we ask that you let us know you are leaving and expected time of return.
What Are Your Apartment Sizes And Are They Furnished
While this varies by community and type of service being provided to you or your loved one, we offer studio apartments all the way to two-bedrooms. For those who are interested in communal living, we also offer shared apartments for some residents.
What Do We Need To Bring For Move In
Please bring things to make your house into a home! Our apartments come unfurnished so it is important for our residents to bring furniture and all those little touches that help make it their personal space.