Independent Living Frequently Asked Questions
What is independent living at a Life Plan community?
Independent living communities are designed for older adults who want the conveniences of community life without the burdens of home maintenance. Some communities, like Aberdeen Heights, offer an enriched lifestyle with recreational, social and educational opportunities, and a comprehensive plan for your future with priority access to other care options on our campus.
What services and amenities are available at Aberdeen Heights?
Aberdeen Heights offers a comprehensive array of services and amenities, including restaurant-style dining, casual dining, a library, business center, full-service beauty/barber shop, fitness center and more. Plus, our complimentary transportation will take you wherever you need to go.
Will I have a voice in the community?
We encourage residents to participate in our community resident committees – special committees focused on different aspects of community life. Residents are actively involved in deciding programming, activities, outings and more.
Assisted Living Frequently Asked Questions
What is assisted living?
Assisted living provides a distinct combination of individualized care, familiar neighborhood surroundings and professional expertise. Residents are assured ongoing wellness evaluations and levels of living that address their specific needs. Licensed, compassionate team members assist with daily tasks as needed, and the many amenities and life-enriching activities allow residents to focus on what matters most to them.
How do I know when someone needs assisted living?
It’s best to start with a physician’s assessment. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, or that of your loved one, you can match needs to the right level of assistance. When help with daily tasks is needed — taking medicines, bathing, dressing, meals, transportation and housekeeping — assisted living can be the answer. Trained professionals provide support while helping preserve an individual’s independence.
What if my loved one needs more than what’s provided in assisted living?
At Aberdeen Heights, we offer a continuum of care. In addition to assisted living, we provide memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. These levels of living provide round-the-clock care for individuals recovering from illness or injury, or those needing more long-term care or support.
Memory Care Frequently Asked Questions
How is memory care different from assisted living?
Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, affects more than just one person. At Aberdeen Heights, we work with individuals, family members and caregivers, searching for the right balance of respect and care. Our thoughtful layout and design reduces confusion and provides complete security around the clock. With special programs designed for those with memory loss, memory care at Aberdeen Heights brings pleasant and peaceful days.
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas, leading to loss of recent memories and new learning first, and eventually old memories, too.
Short-Term Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions
What does physical therapy and rehabilitation include?
At Aberdeen Heights, we provide short-term rehab through physical, speech and occupational therapies. Resident and nonresident seniors can receive expert care from our skilled pathologists and therapists using the most advanced treatments and technologies.
Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?
It’s similar in that it helps to restore strength and mobility. Occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through education in things like dressing, memory training and coordination exercises.
What can I expect from speech therapy?
Our skilled speech and language pathologists address communication issues and swallowing dysfunction. They’ll design treatment plans to help with language ability, provide alternate communication strategies and give appropriate diet recommendations.
Skilled Nursing Frequently Asked Questions
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled Nursing is for those who need longer-term care delivered around the clock by licensed professionals, including RNs, LPNs, Certified Nurse Aides and Certified Medication Aides. We also offer custom programs that encourage maximum social interaction and preserve dignity.
When is skilled nursing necessary?
These are some conditions that often require skilled care for seniors:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Cardiac failure
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Other major illness
- Hip or bone fracture
- Fall-related injury
- Orthopedic surgery
- Severe osteoarthritis
When would someone need long-term skilled nursing care?
Potential candidates for long-term nursing care include those who are dealing with an ongoing health condition or disability, chronic or severe pain, a chronic medical condition, permanent disability, dementia, or those who need help with activities of daily living.