What is Assisted Living?
Get answers to common questions, define misconceptions, and hear important information you may be missing.
We invite you to join us as we cover key information on Assisted Living. Watch the video, read the accompanying paragraph or both! The written accompaniment may have additional information not covered in the video.
The videos are presented in no-particular order and can be viewed by topic.
Terry Jackson, Director of Marketing at EdenHill Communities introduces the topic of Assisted Living.
Assisted Living – What is it?
At EdenHill Communities, we define Assisted Living as a community that provides residents with independence while offering assistance when needed. Residents have access to dieticians, medication management, and assistance with grooming and bathing.
We make sure that medical care is accessible to our residents. Residents can choose to keep their primary care physicians and use our transportation services for round trips to and from doctor visits. We also have regular visits made to our campus by podiatry and optometry specialists, nurse practitioners, and a neuro-behavioral group specializing in dementia care.
Additionally, residents have direct access to our full-service, on-site therapy and priority access to all services offered at EdenHill.
Help During Mealtime
We recognize each of our residents as individuals, and thus, recognize that each person may have a different path to their best self. Special dietary needs are addressed on a case-by-case basis with a licensed dietician. Residents who have trouble chewing and swallowing may be candidates for purée and mechanical soft diets.
Assisted Living Memory Care has additional support such as a team member who can offer help during mealtime.
Often, families seek out knowledge and guidance on Assisted Living during a time of crisis. Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults and these injuries often lead to hard conversations about safety, independence, and the necessity to consider all available options. (National Council on Aging).
We encourage seeking out support groups designed specifically for caregivers and loved ones. Recognizing that you are not alone and learning from others can help ease stress and allow you to refocus.
Peace of Mind
While guilt is a normal emotion to feel when considering lifestyle changes, like Assisted Living, we want to assure you that peace of mind is part of what we offer. Our residents have access to chef-curated dining options, activities like crafting and exercise, performances, outings, and spiritual services. We get to know our residents on a personal level and provide them with a safe and stimulating environment in which they can flourish.
Often, our team is reminded of the important work we do here by family members, like Mark Probst, who said, “The family and friends of the residents of EdenHill are immensely grateful for the love, care, and concern that you show for our loved ones every day.” – Our pleasure, Mr. Probst!
The EdenHill Difference
Continuity of care has been cited as one of the most important factors when determining positive healthcare outcomes. When resident-centered care becomes a longitudinal collaboration between our service lines, physicians, and families, a sustainable, high-quality of life results for our residents.
We are a true age-in-place community and offer a full range of services, from vibrant retirement living to end-of-life care. Additionally, our pricing is all-inclusive so that residents and families know that they will never see a surprise monthly fee for items like levels of care or local transportation. Part of our non-profit mission is to provide superior programs to enrich the lives of those we serve. See our levels of care HERE.
How is Assisted Living different from Skilled Care?
An easy way to think about the differences between Assisted Living and Skilled Care is to ask the question; Is the team helping or is the team doing? A team member would be helping a resident by supporting them while they transition from a seating to a standing position. A team member would be doing by using a Hoyer lift (a hydraulic medical device) to transfer a resident from a chair to a bed.
Unlike Assisted Living, Skilled, or Long-Term Care, requires team members to have a higher level of medical training to address a higher level of need presented by the resident. Long-Term Care team members offer 24/7 nursing, can administer treatments Intravenously (IV), and conduct peg tube feeding. You can see a full list of our Skilled Nursing Core Competencies HERE.