Let’s start by dispelling those myths about assisted living. Fortunately, attitudes about assisted living communities and facilities are rapidly changing. We hear questions every day about what assisted living at Springdale Village is really like. Before we provide answers to the most asked questions and explain what assisted living is like, you can read more below to determine whether assisted living is right for you.


Myths about assisted living centers


1. Assisted living centers are filled with residents who are sick and dying.


This is probably the myth that turns most people away from considering assisted living as an option. Today’s assisted living homes are where people go to maintain the quality of life to which they are accustomed, without the responsibilities that go along with maintaining your own home.


2. You’ll lose your independence.


Assisted living does not mean you will face strict lights-out time or an authoritarian daily regimen designed by the staff. In reality, the only independence you give up is for mundane tasks, like your freedom to mow the lawn and clean the house. Since these chores are taken care of, you actually gain independence because you get to spend your time exactly as you wish.


3. You are not allowed to drive your car when living in assisted living.


If you can still operate a vehicle safely, you do not relinquish your driving rights nor do you lose your car. In fact, assisted living encourages independence, as long as you are safe.


Is assisted living right for you?


If you’re trying to decide whether assisted living is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:


• Do you need more help than family or friends are able to provide? Are the activities of daily living becoming stressful or overwhelming?


If family or in-home help is not able to bridge the gap, assisted living is an option.


• Do you feel lonely or isolated at home?


Having an active social life is vital to your health and happiness. The social aspect of assisted living is a huge benefit. Springdale Village offers a range of social and recreational activities. And the community environment also gives you the opportunity to make new friends.


• Do you worry about your safety?


Perhaps your mobility is limited, making it difficult to get out of bed by yourself, for example. Maybe you are afraid of what might happen if you fell and couldn’t get up, or encountered another problem and couldn’t get help. Assisted Living provides caregivers and call-light systems that are readily available to help.


• Are you tired of maintaining your home?


There are a lot of responsibilities that come with living in your own home. Assisted living facilities can provide a home-like atmosphere, without the work involved in cooking, cleaning, shopping for groceries and doing laundry.


• Is transportation an issue?


Perhaps you are having trouble driving or can no longer drive. If public transportation or another alternative isn’t easy and convenient, you may be increasingly housebound. Springdale Village offers transportation, within a 7-mile radius of our community, allowing you to get where you need to go without having to rely on friends, family and public transportation.


What exactly is assisted living?


Assisted living is a residential option for seniors who want or need help with some of the activities of daily living that may include cooking meals, getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night, keeping house, and traveling to appointments. An assisted living facility may be a good choice if you need more personal care services than you can get at home or an independent living retirement community, but you don’t require the round-the-clock medical care and supervision of a nursing home.


Assisted living offers the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to transportation. Day or night, help is only a phone call away. However, privacy and independence are encouraged. Springdale Village will develop a personalized plan that meets your needs and accommodates your disabilities, while giving you the freedom to do what you can for yourself.


Can I bring my own furnishings to my Springdale apartment home?


Absolutely! This is your home, and you should have all the comforts, familiar furnishings and accessories you enjoy. Springdale Village residents take pride in decorating their apartment homes and doors and adding their own personal touches.


Are there restrictions on visiting hours?


Since this is the resident’s home, visiting hours are flexible. We ask that visitors keep in mind the resident’s schedule and plan visits accordingly. Most visits occur between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.


How does assisted living differ from other levels of care?


Assisted living offers a unique combination of independent living and care. Unlike nursing homes and other medical facilities, assisted living facilities allow elders to maintain a sense of independence and involvement in a social community, while at the same time providing the assistance with daily life and peace of mind that comes with a professional support team.


How can I pay for the monthly cost of care?


Residents pay a flat monthly rate with their personal resources. For those who qualify, subsidy from the Medicaid Waiver is available.


What accommodations are available?


Springdale Village offers residents a choice of either studio, private or semi-private apartments.


What services and amenities are included in the monthly rate?


• Three delicious, nutritious meals in the community dining rooms including the Broadway Bistro Restaurant.


• Nutritious snacks and beverages available 24-hours a day


• Regular and often daily wellness activities and social events


• Medication management


• Shopping and leisure excursions in the community van or bus


• Coordination with resident’s personal physician


• Utilities (phone additional)


• Weekly housekeeping, trash removal, linen service and personal laundry


• 24-hour emergency call and response system


• Access to all amenities on our campus including the full range of social, spiritual/religious, recreational programs and entertainment


• Transportation to doctor and medical appointments


Can I live in assisted living if I need a wheelchair or walker to get around?


Yes. In fact, we encourage seniors who need assistance with ambulation to live with us.


Do I have to sign a lease?


Our community offers a month-to-month lease and can also accommodate short-term respite care. There are no hidden costs. Each of our residents are assessed by a licensed nurse prior to move-in, bi-annually and as needed. There may be an occasion to increase the services provided by our staff. As your care needs change, our service changes with it. This may affect your lease and rent amount, but you will always be made aware of any changes in advance.


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