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The following is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) families ask to provide you with valuable information on understanding and selecting an appropriate care option. Our goal is to help you gather as much information as possible to better understand your care options.
Finding and evaluating the best senior living option in Houston, Texas is complex, time consuming and confusing. Without help, many people feel pressured and make mistakes that affect the quality of the care and threaten their financial stability. Asbico advisors understand the entire range of living options available to seniors and anyone can benefit from our experience with the healthcare industry.
Learning about a new industry, can be challenging and confusing. We know communities, their management as well as staff, their long term performance, what’s working and ongoing issues. We have lots more information than Mr. Google or Ms. Facebook. We can help you avoid make mistakes and avoid common pitfalls.
By using Asbico you will save time searching internet. We understand you already have daily work and personal routine to manage, don’t waste time reading sponsored listing and content, planted reviews or jumping websites comparing one facility to another.
Asbico advisors help you avoid high pressure sales & robocalls. Hand it off to a certified senior living advisor and relax knowing you will be working with knowledgeable, trustable and respected professionals in the industry.
Working with Asbico allows you to take back your weekends. Spend time with your loved ones. We can save you gas money & time spent visiting communities only to find you don’t like them. Due to our relationships with communities, we are able to negotiate better pricing and contract terms, on behalf of families, generally not available to public.
With our boots on ground operating model, our advisors personally visit each community at least once every 6 months.
Senior Living industry is currently in a dynamic growth mode with rapid changes abound in how communities are operated and managed. Asbico evaluates each community based on an in-house assessment with more than 150 queries encompassing related to staff, care plan, diet, legal, financial, environmental, social atmosphere and state surveys. In addition, our advisors monitor industry news, social media channels, reviews from families, industry professionals and past employees to create a 360 degree view of each community.
Asbico’s easy and simple process is designed keeping in mind busy lives of professionals. It typically, takes 1 to 3 working days from the time of initial consult to final selection of communities. Due to our large database of communities and excellent relationships, we are able to offer next day community tours as well.
Because everybody’s situation is different, the factors to consider must also vary. Typically, the first three things to consider are care needs, budget and location. But often there are important factors that should be considered including social activities, building amenities, dietary preferences, culture and community size.
Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home facilities typically provided all meals, housekeeping and assistance with daily tasks (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, walking or wheeling, and transferring into and out of bed. Laundering of personal clothes, towels and bed linens, trash removal, housekeeping is provided. Social and cultural activities, wellness programs including daily exercise classes, are also available. Some assisted living facilities also provide transportation to appointments, shopping and organized outings. Services of visiting physicians, registered nurses, podiatrist, dentist, and home health professionals are also available.
In Texas, almost all Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home facilities are private pay. Seniors can use private funds such as Social Security (SSA or SSI), pension and savings or their long-term care insurance benefits.
Medicare does not cover Assisted Living. The only insurance that pays for assisted living is private pay Long Term Care Insurance, and those policies can vary widely. If you have purchased a Long Term Care (LTC) insurance policy, let us know and we will tell you what questions to ask when you call your carrier for specifics.
It depends, but typically, rooms don’t come furnished. It’s just like having your own apartment. Residents or families furnish rooms as they please with belongings, pictures, furnitures that reminiscent seniors home. That said, some communities provide fully furnished apartments for short-term stays.
Yes. Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home allow residents to bring personal items and furniture.
Most assisted living facilities and Residential care home allow for pets (Dogs & Cats), with a weight limit, to keep pets in resident’s apartment. Fees may apply. All required vaccinations and licensing must be current.
Memory care facilities do restrict residents from bringing pets simply because residents are unable to take care of pets themselves. However, families are welcome to bring family pets whenever they visit their loved one. Several Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home have pets that belong to the facility as pets offer great comfort and therapeutic benefits.
Assisted living can have visitors at any time and are free to come and go as they please. There might be a security system requiring a code or bell for nighttime access, but there’s the same level of freedom as you enjoy in your current home. You can have overnight guests, holiday visitors, or even go away for a holiday or weekend if you want.
Memory Care and Residential Care Home also allow visitations and off site but are bit more restrictive and do not allow overnight guests due to higher level of care environment.
Food forms an integral part of a senior living community. Most Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home facilities focus on healthy and nutritious diet encompassing all food groups. Residents can choose from many menu options created and prepared by professional chefs or nutritionist. Many special dietary requirements, including no-salt-added and no-concentrated-sweets diets, vegan, vegetarian, keto, kosher, are easily accommodated.
Many communities offer transportation to doctor appointments, errands, local shopping stops and outings.
Yes. Seniors who need assistance with mobility continue to live in Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home.
Most communities offer month-to-month leases and offer short-term respite stays. Check the agreement (before signing) to confirm no hidden costs and no fluctuating fees after you move in.
Yes, most facilities require a 30 days notice. However, if the facility is unable to meet your clinical needs due to sudden change in health condition, you may not have to give them a 30 day notice. Check your Resident Agreement, for details.
A security deposit, community/entrance fee or a combination of both may be required at most communities. The security deposit is refundable upon clean exit. Community/Entrance fee is another name for new resident move in fee and is assessed at most communities to offset one-time costs associated with move-in. It also pays for general community expenses such as a power generator, landscaping, off site activities. This is analogous to HOA fee paid by most home owners.
If you health needs change the facility typically is able to address it by changing your care level. Depending on how much a resident’s health changes, it’s not necessary to make a move. You can receive physical therapy, home health, or hospice in your current Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home. If you leave for a post-surgical rehabilitation, you can always return to the Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home.
All rooms are either equipped with an emergency alert system or have pendant systems available. Staff members are on-site 24 hours a day to respond and offer immediate assistance and call emergency services if needed.
Assisted Living, Memory Care and Residential Care Home communities offer a robust calendar of opportunities for learning, creativity, exercise and spirituality. From concerts and guest lectures to theatre and exercise, games and classes, services and celebrations, civic and volunteer opportunities, shopping and museums, movies and dances, and much more, you can remain as active and involved as you like.
Information provided above is a general overview and may not necessarily apply to each community or your individual situation. If you did not find an answer to your question or have a specific query, please feel free to contact us with your inquiry.