Common Questions

Our team is here to provide you with all the necessary information you need. COVID-19 has dramatically changed senior living, assisted living, memory care, and nursing homes. Ranging from how onsite tours are conducted to the dining experience. What has not changed is our dedication to your loved ones. To help you gain greater knowledge of your senior care options, we have provided answers to frequently asked questions.

What does Senior Care AZ do?

We match individuals with their perfect senior living community. We provide referrals for independent living, senior living, senior apartments, nursing homes, assisted living, memory care, Parkinson’s care, traumatic brain injury (TBI) care, Alzheimer care, and dementia care.

How do you find the right senior living option for my loved one?

Choosing a senior living community an important decision. Rest assured we believe personalized care, dignity, and respect are of foremost importance. Our continuum of care is developed around seniors needs, whether it’s extended specialized medical care, independent living or assisted living.

How do you get started?

Email or call us at 480-415-5577. We are here to help answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need to make the best decision.

When is the right time for senior care?

Deciding the right care option before it’s needed is the best choice you can make for your loved ones. We understand the challenges in finding a location and community best suited to your loved ones personal and medical needs. Depending on each person’s level of independence and care assistance, we are dedicated to guiding you through this process.

What living options are best for my loved one?

We’re here to help you find the best living option for your loved one’s needs. Older adults leading an active lifestyle who want all the comforts of home without home maintenance responsibilities are well-suited to independent living. Adults needing a balance between an active lifestyle and help with challenging daily tasks would be a strong fit for assisted living facilities. When health problems arise affecting seniors’ ability to live independently, we are here to help you make the tough choices to prepare for the move to a nursing home, or for services such as memory care, Parkinson’s care, traumatic brain injury care, Alzheimer care, and dementia care.

How do you prepare your loved one for the conversation and making the transition?

One of the most difficult conversations to have is about the transition from your loved one’s current living arrangements to independent living, assisted living or into a 24-hour nursing facility. Helping keep them involved in the process and decision making, depending on their mental capabilities, will help them understand and feel comfortable with this difficult decision. We’re here to help guide you through your options, help you understand the varied choices of communities, and how the choices you make affect you and your loved ones.

What will move in day look like?

We will be working to make move in as stress-free as possible. Residents and their family members will be screened upon arrival and escorted by staff to their new home. We want to ensure your loved one has everything they need to be comfortable transitioning to their new community. Outside transportation vendors moving items in will be screened upon arrival and then permitted (depending on local directives) to move your loved one’s belongings to their room.

Can you visit your loved one after they move into our community?

We know visiting your loved one’s is an important part of your family. Depending on current local, state, and federal government measures, in person visitations may be limited to outdoor visits or video visitations for the protection of our seniors. Our referral facilities have transparent screens ensuring our residents and visitors stay safe while allowing for residents, families, and friends to see one another.

What is assisted living?

Adults needing discreet caregiver support 24/7 along with enjoying prepared meals, assistance with everyday household tasks, and all the benefits of group activities would benefit most from moving to an assisted living community. A range of assistance options are available for daily living activities including bathing, grooming, medication management, and well-being checks. Senior Care AZ’s team can help match your loved one with this all-inclusive level of care.

Assisted living facilities provide help with activities of daily living like walking, cooking, bathing, and dressing though not necessarily for a significant amount of medical assistance. These licensed facilities provide older adults personalized care in a residential setting. Assisted living facilities are for seniors whose health or well-being requires additional support, which is determined according to state regulations by a health assessment.

Common assisted living services include dressing and grooming, medication management, assistance using the bathroom along with housekeeping, laundry, social programs, meals, and transportation services. Licensed staff are on hand 24/7 to assist residents with care, safety, and support. Residents are encouraged to bring furniture, personal items, and decorative items.

When residents move in, they are assessed to develop a comprehensive plan to match specific needs. Assisted living facilities are like independent living communities by offering similar types of specially designed programs and activities. Assisted living is not the same as a nursing home or a skilled care facility.

What is the average cost of assisted living communities?

Prices for assisted living communities depend on the room sizes, amenities, level of care, and location. Assisted living is often less expensive than in home health care. Medicare or Medicaid doesn’t typically pay for assisted living except in certain, specific situations.

When do you know it may be time for your loved ones to move to assisted living?

To help you, think about your loved one and some of the pertinent criteria listed below. Then, our advisors can best help you get started in identifying when living on your own at home may no longer be the best option for loved ones. Of course, talking to your loved one’s doctors to discuss your concerns about physical and emotional well-being should be part of the decision-making process.
Some of the criteria for moving to assisted living:

  • It’s becoming more difficult for them to safely move around their house or apartment.
  • Additional help is needed when bathing, getting dressed, managing medication or other activities of daily living.
  • Your loved ones have experienced at least one fall whether they were injured or not injured.
  • Grocery shopping and preparing meals is more difficult.
  • You’re concerned about your loved one’s safety and isolation.
  • Personal hygiene is getting worse, or they look disheveled.
  • There has been a change in mood, or they’ve lost interest in activities and hobbies.
  • Household bills are unpaid, or they are frequently losing money in telephone, email or internet scams.
  • Their house or apartment is looking disorganized, dirty or more cluttered.
  • Fresh, healthy food is lacking in their diet or often most of the food in the pantry is expired or inedible.

What is a nursing home?

When your loved ones need round-the-clock medical assistance, monitoring, and care, a nursing home provides 24-hour supervision and medical care. Nursing homes are living facilities with a high level of medical care 24/7. Nursing homes, like assisted living facilities, help with basic daily care, provide amenities, and activities. The around-the-clock care and supervision sometimes lead to nursing homes looking more like a clinical setting living environment. Loved one’s requiring long-term medical assistance should consider moving to a nursing home. All nursing homes are licensed and regulated by state agencies. Allowing for oversight to ensure proper care is being provided.

What is the average cost of a nursing home?

The average cost of nursing home care varies depending on a semi-private or private room. Costs vary depending on location, level of care, a la carte services, amenities, and occupancy rates.

What is memory care support?

Memory care facilities are generally a community that is part of an assisted living community, nursing home or independent living community. These facilities are specially designed for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other related cognitive disorders. Memory support units are staffed by licensed caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Memory care support services are designed for residents with cognitive conditions to support their physical, emotional, and social interests.

What help is available to pay for care?

Prices for assisted living care, specialized care, and nursing home care can vary. Out-of-pocket expenses may be reduced by being eligible for coverage under Medicaid, though only if your loved one’s assets fall below a certain level of annual income. If your family member has long-term care insurance, then check with your insurance provider to advise on specific benefits and costs covered and any limits on number of days. Cashing out a life insurance policy, using accelerated death benefits or choosing a life settlement may help to pay for costs. Family savings, investments, assets, a reverse mortgage, a second mortgage, personal loans, state long-term care programs, and federal long-term care insurance programs may help to minimize the financial strain of assisted living and nursing home costs. Our advisors can help you understand all your options for expenses that may seem formidable depending on your financial situation. Our highly qualified advisors will keep your financial situation top of mind when finding the right facility for your loved one.

How do you schedule a tour?

Our team is here to help you learn more about our senior living communities. Schedule your personal tour of our facilities virtually or in person depending upon COVID-19 protocols. We’re happy to accommodate you.