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Senior housing types near Glen Carbon, IL

  • Stillwater Senior Living

    Stillwater Senior Living

    1111 University Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025
    (5)
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    Stillwater Senior Living is an assisted living community right next door to the campus of the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Woodland and freshly cut fields dominate the landscape of Edwardsville, creating a sense of separation from the city life in nearby St. Louis. At Stillwater...

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  • Cambridge House of Maryville

    Cambridge House of Maryville

    6960 State Rte. 162, Maryville, IL 62062
    (6)
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    Welcome to a gracious and affordable assisted lifestyle! Cambridge House offers 103 private apartments to seniors 65 or older. Our emphasis is on maintaining your health, wellness, dignity, and independence.We offer a helping hand and personal attention to do the things you may no longer be able to...

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  • Morningside of Troy

    39 Dorothy Dr, Troy, IL 62294
    (15)
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    You or your loved one will find a comfortable, homelike atmosphere at The Fountains of Troy, IL, a modern Good Neighbor Care independent and assisted living community for seniors. Our residents are free from the cares of chores and other daily stresses. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to...

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  • Cedarhurst of Collinsville

    Cedarhurst of Collinsville

    1207 Vandalia Avenue, Collinsville, IL 62234
    (17)
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    Cedarhurst of Collinsville offers assisted-living apartments in a beautiful residential neighborhood. Families love our wide range of services designed to promote independence, comfort and connections. Our staff devotes themselves to providing exceptional personalized service. Our goal is to work...

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  • Aspen Creek of Troy

    Aspen Creek of Troy

    1924 SR Bradley R Smith Drive, Troy, IL 62294
    (13)
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    At Aspen Creek, we follow a simple rule — if you wouldn't see it in your place, you won't see it in ours. And by following that rule, we've created an inviting experience that welcomes residents and their guests. There's one place like home, and that is Aspen Creek. A house is a roof with...

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  • Cedarhurst of Granite City

    Cedarhurst of Granite City

    3450 Village Lane, Granite City, IL 62040
    (15)
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    Thank you for your interest in Cedarhurst of Granite City! When it comes time for individuals and families to consider relocating to an independent or assisted living environment, the decision can be very emotional and challenging. You are not alone. Each day, more than 5,000 American families find...

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  • Bradford Place

    Bradford Place

    1463 Benchmark Centre Ct, Swansea, IL 62226
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Bradford Place is an assisted living community nestled in the peaceful town of Swansea, St. Clair County, Illinois. Swansea is known for being a quiet community with a nice blend of commerce and farming. Not only is it a great place to live, but it offers a lot of attractions for family members who...

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  • Aperion Care Hidden Lake

    11728 Hidden Lake Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63138
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hidden Lake, A Lutheran Senior Services Community is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering the peace of mind that comes with knowing your'll enjoy priority access to additional levels of care should your needs ever change. Independent Living. A distinctive patio home or a one or...

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  • Morningside of Shiloh

    1201 Hartman Ln, Shiloh, IL 62221
    (15)
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    You or your loved one will find a comfortable, homelike atmosphere at The Fountains of Shiloh in Shiloh, IL, a Good Neighbor Care community 'Where neighbors become friends and friends become family.' Our residents enjoy privacy, security, and a quiet lifestyle with all the comforts and conveniences...

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  • Evergreen Place of Alton

    Evergreen Place of Alton

    100 Glenhaven Dr, Alton, IL 62002
    (1)
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    Evergreen Place offers worry-free living, where independence thrives and compassionate care is always nearby. Our beautiful campus offers lovely supportive living options. We welcome you to learn more and visit our community of care, where friendships flourish and families find peace of mind. Live...

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  • Cedarhurst of Shiloh

    Cedarhurst of Shiloh

    429 South Main Street, Shiloh, IL 62269
    (15)
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    Cedarhurst of Shiloh is located at 429 South Main Street Shiloh, IL. We pride ourselves on providing the community with an assisted living service that has your family member's best interests in mind. We give our clients peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in good hands. We're also known for...

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  • Sycamore Village

    Sycamore Village

    217 Castellano Drive, Swansea, IL 62226
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Personalized Assisted Living and Memory Enrichment Community

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  • The United Methodist Village

    The United Methodist Village

    5201 Asbury Avenue, Godfrey, IL 62035
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The United Methodist Village is a 120-acre campus located in Godfrey, Illinois. Opened in late 1997, the community features 44 duplex Patio Homes referred to as Villas, as well as 64 Independent Living apartments, known as the Wiseman-Pollock Residence. There are also 44 Assisted Living apartments...

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  • Morningside of Godfrey

    Morningside of Godfrey

    1373 D'Adrian Professional Park, Godfrey, IL 62035
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Provision Living at Godfrey, is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Godfrey, Illinois. This world class community serves the surrounding Riverbend area, and strives toward providing residents, as well as their families, with peace of mind through compassionate care and assistance....

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  • Mary Ryder Home for Women

    Mary Ryder Home for Women

    4361 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63108
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Mary Ryder Home is a not-for-profit residential care facility (RCF Level II) located in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, focused on assisting low-income senior women who can no longer live independently but who do not yet need the level of care provided by a skilled nursing...

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  • Cedarhurst of Godfrey

    Cedarhurst of Godfrey

    1000 Airport Road, Godfrey, IL 62035
    (16)
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    Thank you for your interest in Cedarhurst at Godfrey! Cedarhurst at Godfrey is an assisted living community in Godfrey, Illinois. Godfrey offers residents the best of Midwestern living with scenic trails, fine shopping, eclectic dining and warm, welcoming people. Located in the St. Louis metro area,...

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  • Desmet Retirement Community

    Desmet Retirement Community

    1425 N New Florissant Rd, Florissant, MO 63033
    (21)
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    DeSmet Retirement Community is a non-profit housing community offering assisted care and independent living for seniors. As one of over 160 properties owned and operated by Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), we strive to carry out the RHF mission of providing quality housing at an affordable price...

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  • Altenheim St. Louis

    Altenheim St. Louis

    5408 S Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63111
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Experience elegant, boutique senior living at affordable rates. The charm of the Altenheim begins with its magnificent location on the banks of the scenic Mississippi. From the moment you walk in, you'll feel at home with the most delightful surroundings you could ask for in an independent,...

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  • Allegro

    Allegro

    1055 Bellevue Ave, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Allegro is now open in Richmond Heights! Allegro is proud to bring our 40 year history and experience to the St. Louis metropolitan area, home of our company headquarters. Allegro strives to reimagine senior living, bringing comfort, convenience and quality care to older adults who want and deserve...

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  • Charter Senior Living of St. Louis Hills

    Charter Senior Living of St. Louis Hills

    6543 Chippewa St, Saint Louis, MO 63109
    (22)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome Aboard Charter Senior Living of St Louis Hills! This community offers private studio apartments and limited one bedroom apartments with discreet assistance. Our community is part of the larger St. Louis Hills community. When you are looking for an apartment that offers discreet...

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  • Sunrise on Clayton

    Sunrise on Clayton

    7920 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
    (22)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise on Clayton is located in the Clayton / Richmond Heights area, just minutes from the Galleria Mall. We pride ourselves in our excellent ability to care for a wide array of care needs in an environment that is warm and homelike. Step into our community and you can't help but feel at home. We...

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  • Brentmoor

    Brentmoor

    8600 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63124
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Life Begins at Brentmoor! Centrally located in mid-St. Louis County (Delmar and I-70), this high-rise community offers 72 independent living apartments which include studio, one, two and three bedroom units. Senior Living at The Brentmoor includes all the comforts of home, plus scheduled...

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  • Stonecrest of Clayton View

    Stonecrest of Clayton View

    8825 Eager Rd, Richmond Heights, MO 63144
    (6)
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    Perfectly nestled between Ladue, Frontenac and Clayton, MO, in Richmond Heights, Stonecrest at Clayton View will offer an active and engaged lifestyle with just the right supportive care available when needed. Just a stone's throw from all of the exciting cultural, shopping & dining attractions St....

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  • St. Andrew's Assisted Living of Bridgeton

    St. Andrew's Assisted Living of Bridgeton

    11325 Saint Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Mizpah Manor is where you'll find: Cozy studio apartments furnished with your favorite furniture and treasured mementos, refrigerator- and microwave-equipped kitchenettes, and easily accessed private bathrooms. Thoughtful staff, on-hand around the clock, provide help with personal care needs,...

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  • Sunrise of Webster Groves

    Sunrise of Webster Groves

    45 E Lockwood Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63119
    (29)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise of Webster Groves is an assisted living and memory care community in St. Louis, Missouri. For more detailed information about amenities, features and services, or to schedule an appointment, please call us. Sunrise Senior Living is the first senior living provider to be recognized in...

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  • Sherbrooke Village

    4005 Ripa Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63125
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to….. Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village, where we make A Difficult Choice Easier. Nestled on several acres at the foot of Ripa Avenue in an area of outstanding natural beauty in South County, Sherbrooke Village represents Today’s nursing care residence. We share a mission of providing care...

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  • Cedar Trails

    Cedar Trails

    490 Urbanna Dr, Freeburg, IL 62243
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Cedar Trails Senior Living Community located in Belleville Illinois provides superior support for independent and assisted living needs. We offer a warm, safe family like environment for your aging parents. Our friendly professional staff, numerous services and activities or designed to provide a...

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  • The Sheridan at Creve Coeur

    The Sheridan at Creve Coeur

    450 N Lindbergh Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
    (2)
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    At The Sheridan at Creve Coeur, residents pursue their passions within a lively, social atmosphere. They enjoy chef-prepared meals with friends in the elegant dining room, play games in the living rooms, get creative in the art studio, and exercise in the fitness center and physical therapy spaces....

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  • Southview Assisted Living & Memory Care

    Southview Assisted Living & Memory Care

    9916 Reavis Road, Affton, MO 63123
    (39)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Southview Assisted Living is the premier senior living community in South County near St. Louis, Missouri. We offer, assisted living and Dementia / Memory Care . This newly built senior living community will begin welcoming residents in Summer 2012. We know how difficult change can be, especially...

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  • Autumn View Gardens Creve Coeur

    Autumn View Gardens Creve Coeur

    11210 Schuetz Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63146
    (35)
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    Autumn Gardens provides your loved one with a caring embrace in Creve Coeur. It is a faith-based nonprofit organization. Across all our communities, faith is a cornerstone of how we operate, which means everything we do is in service of our residents. Our assisted living community promotes...

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  • Knollwood Retirement Community

    921 Knollwood Village Rd, Caseyville, IL 62232
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Knollwood Retirement Community is an assisted living community located in Caseyville, IL. The town of Caseyville is located in St. Clair County with just over 4,000 people. A former coal mining town, Caseyville is picturesque, tranquil and quiet. Residents can relax outdoors and hear the water from...

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  • Cambridge House of O'Fallon

    844 Cambridge Blvd., O'Fallon, IL 62269
    (1)
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    Cambridge House of O'Fallon is an affordable assisted living community in the charming, small town of O'Fallon, IL. O'Fallon is a city in the St. Louis, IL region and one of the fastest growing cities in the area. Home to personnel from the Scott Air Force Base the city is rooted in a tradition of...

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  • The Glenwood Supportive Living of Staunton

    18192 Renken Road, Staunton, IL 62088
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Glenwood of Staunton is located in Staunton, Illinois. This is a town that prides itself on history and simple charm. Family members and active residents alike will enjoy the quaint Main Street atmosphere and the bustling feel of all the years tourists, residents, and enthusiasts who have pulled...

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  • South Lawn Shelter Care Inc

    512 S Franklin St, Bunker Hill, IL 62014
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    South Lawn Shelter Care is both an independent and assisted living facility nestled in the community of Bunker Hill, Illinois. Whether our residents choose home ownership or a senior apartment rental, they find they belong to a community that has their best interests at heart. With common spaces...

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  • Villas of Holly Brook Collinsville (Opening Spring 2019)

    121 South Bluff Road, Collinsville, IL 62234
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

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  • Villas of Holly Brook Bethalto

    312 Mechanical Dr, East Alton, IL 62024
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  • Cedarhurst of Highland

    220 Field Crossing Dr, Highland, IL 62249
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Assisted Living in Glen Carbon, Illinois

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a kind of senior care and housing which offers residents support for activities of daily living (ADLs). Residents commonly receive support for bathing, dressing, medication management, and meals. Different from a skilled nursing facility where people receive around-the-clock nursing care, assisted living facilities give residents access to care while also offering an array of activities and services in a community setting. Some assisted living communities provide support for seniors with specific medical needs such as for example cognitive loss due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, diabetes, or incontinence health care.

For anyone who is unsure about what kind of care your family member needs, consult with a medical expert who can help you select the best sort of care. Additionally, our Senior Living Advisors are available to answer any of your questions and help you look for a senior care facility that meets your needs.

What Is Senior Living Like in Glen Carbon, IL?

Boasting four distinct seasons and beautiful Midwest scenery, Illinois is a lovely destination to retire. Home to one of the world’s largest airports, retiring in Illinois provides your friends and relations a convenient spot to visit, while as well as offering you easy access to world travel.

When it comes to selecting senior living, there are numerous points to consider, from the level of attention and support to way of living, location and more. Glen Carbon, IL has many possible choices so that you can make a confident and educated decision for your loved ones.

  • 55+ Apartments/Senior Apartments: Generally known as adult communities, age-restricted apartments, and senior condos. Senior apartments are simply like apartments for folks of all ages, but have an age restriction; typically residents are required to be over the age of 55 or 62. Older adults sometimes feel more secure in senior apartments and prefer living around people from their own generation.
  • Independent Living: Independent living is a kind of senior housing for seniors who now live independently but want to live in a community setting with other seniors. This kind of senior housing commonly has community events, activities, excursions, and oftentimes has transitional programs for seniors who eventually need assisted living.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Continuing care retirement communities are retirement facilities with accommodations for independent living, assisted living and nursing home care, offering seniors a continuum of care. A person can spend the rest of his life in a CCRC or life plan community, moving between degrees of health care as needed. This type of arrangement is also called “aging in place,” although it does require leaving one’s original residence.
  • Adult Day Care: Adult day care provides respite care for caregivers who are still working while also caring for a loved one. That is a great option for caregivers and seniors researching ways to remain busy and engaged while living in the home and receiving home care solutions.
  • Residential Care Home/Board and Care: Care homes are standard homes in residential neighborhoods which have been adapted to care for a small number of residents. Offering solutions similar to assisted living facilities, care homes specialize in providing personalized good care in a home-like setting.
  • Assisted Living: Assisted living gives residents assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, personal grooming, medication supervision, and more. Amenities and services can vary greatly but typically there is staff on hand around the clock to help residents with wants as they arise. Residents likewise routinely have a care plan that is on a regular basis monitored and adapted as needs change over time.
  • Memory Care: This kind of care is certainly for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. These communities are generally specifically planned so that residents do not get lost or wander. They provide dementia-friendly meal plans and life enhancing activities that enhance engagement and social interaction.
  • Nursing Homes/Skilled Nursing Facilities: Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, are for seniors who require the highest level of 24- hour health care, including those people who are bedridden. Nursing homes are also utilized by seniors for rehabilitation after a hospitalization.
  • Respite Care/Short-Term Stay Respite: This care typically refers to a short-term stay at a long-term care community. Respite care can also make reference to in-home caregiving services used for only a short period. Family caregivers make use of respite services when they need a break or have other obligations.
  • Hospice Care: Hospice care assists the terminally ill and their loved ones make the most of the last days of their lives. Originated in the word “hospitality,” hospice isn't a place, but a philosophy of care that embraces death as a natural part of life, and seeks to support patients meet this end with dignity and grace. This means comforting the patient emotionally and physically while assisting their friends and family as they navigate any end of life decisions.

What Solutions Are Available?

The amenities and services provided in senior living can vary substantially from community to community. However, most communities offer studio, one-room or two-bedroom apartments, activities, meal plans, transportation, and other amenities.

Other features often within assisted living include:

  • Access to medical support
  • Access to therapies on-site and off-site
  • Exercise and nutrition courses
  • Housekeeping assistance
  • Medication management

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Facilities?

Glen Carbon has 38 communities in the region so it is essential to tour several assisted living facilities before finding the right one for your senior loved one. That way you will discover what options are available and will have a less complicated time narrowing down your alternatives. Call or contact A Place for Mom and we'll help you setup a tour at your preferred community.

Below are a few of the best questions you need to be ready to ask throughout your visit:

  • Are there any outdoor spaces that people can enjoy? If so, are they kept neat and tidy?
  • Can your staff administer prescription medication?
  • Do you have a nurse on-site 24/7?
  • Do you include all of your services in the monthly price? If not, how much are extra services?
  • Does your policy require a preliminary assessment before admission?
  • Is there a waitlist? If so, how many persons are currently on it?
  • What apartment types are available and what exactly are their price ranges?
  • What are the existing residents like?
  • What are your billing and payment guidelines and procedures?
  • What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Are the staff members involved? Friendly?
  • What is your release plan?
  • What sort of education do your personnel have?
  • It's also advisable to pay close attention to any people you meet or move while you’re there. Do they seem content and are they cared for well?

Will Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

According to Medicare.gov, “Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.”

Medicare covers only short-term, non-custodial care. This means you cannot use Medicare to cover long-term nursing home stays or assisted living. Medicare covers medically necessary skilled care at a nursing home if you want short-term skilled care for an illness or injury and you meet certain conditions.

How Can I View Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Illinois?

The state of Illinois offers great access to its assisted living facility data through its Department of Social Services website. Info available to review includes licensed assisted living communities that are updated frequently, and details about assisted living licensing and violations.

In the state of Illinois, assisted living communities are required for legal reasons to:

  • Have a license if housing 17 or even more unrelated individuals
  • Have over 80% of residents be 55 years old or older
  • Provide each resident with a written service plan that includes a doctor’s analysis and evaluation
  • Provide personal and health services 24 hours a day with personnel assisting with personal requirements such as showering, eating, and hygiene

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Community?

Finding the right facility for your senior loved one can be one of the most crucial decisions you may make. During your tour, consider the standard of care that your loved one may receive. Your choice of “if, when and where to move” resides solely with you and your loved one, so think about what criteria are truly essential to you and your loved one.

  • Activities: It’s a good idea to try and schedule your tour together with facility events. Ask the manager if you can look at the entertainment as well as get involved. Are the activities and events well attended? Does the team members appear to be appreciating the entertainment as well? Check out the facility calendar of events. Do they match your loved one’s interests? Do the activities and events vary in size and type? Do they feature outings and trips away from the facility? If it is important to yourself, don’t forget to ask about spiritual services.
  • Cleanliness: Does the community feel clean and fresh? Be sure you look past the furniture and into baseboards, corners, and windows. Ask how often housekeeping services are provided in the private living space. Make sure you get full details on the types of maintenance provided and the estimated response times. Don’t forget to ask about laundry procedures. Ask for particulars on what's available and at what cost.
  • Friendliness: The demeanor and friendliness of the staff are of the utmost importance. Make sure that you watch multiple workers mingling with current residents. Do they pay attention and make eye contact? Make sure to acquire a good knowledge of the staffing pattern. How many people are actually involved in residents’ care? Be sure you receive an introduction to the management team. This can help you understand the goals of the community. It is important that you trust the facility’s team members.
  • Meals: As with the majority of us, the dining room experience is essential to seniors. When visiting facilities, it is beneficial to discuss entree choices and find out about dining hours, alternatives, and policies. Be sure you and your family member try a meal at facility. It's not only the best way to try out the cuisine, but it’s an excellent chance to meet other residents. Be sure to go over what happens if a resident is unable to make it to the dining room for a meal.
  • Reputation: Ask residents and family members, past and present, for his or her honest thoughts about the community. Many facilities have a resident council which will be pleased to reply all of your questions. Go to our website to read over some of the 422 reviews from families who have shared their thoughts of specific facilities.
  • Security and safety: Security and safety features are extremely important and offer reassurance for the caregiver. Make sure that bathrooms are accessible and also have grab bars in convenient locations. Ask how residents get in touch with the staff if indeed they have an emergency in their living area. Find out about other security features available in living quarters and throughout the facility. Make sure you find out about staffing patterns to determine who is on-site at all times to help residents. Are there registered nurses on-site? How do staffing routines differ at night? How will the facility assist or manage residents’ medication needs?
  • Trust your gut: When you are visiting, be sure you consider yourself or your family member truly living at the community. Can you imagine your family member feeling secure? Do you feel at ease? Are the staff and residents open, welcoming and friendly?

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Glen Carbon, Illinois?

The A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index states that the average cost of assisted living in the Glen Carbon area ranged from $1500 to $20000 per month. Costs for assisted living communities may differ widely based on amenities, location, and services, so looking into close by suburbs and towns could offer you more versatility.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

Many family members pay for a move to assisted living through the sale of a house or personal savings, but for some persons, this won't be an option. Listed below are three additional resources that may help you finance assisted living:

  1. Life Insurance Policies: If the parent or senior family member you are assisting transfer to assisted living has a life insurance policy, you may be able to cash out the insurance policy and get money now. Different regulations and limitations apply based on the kind of plan you have, so get in touch with a financial advisor or eldercare attorney to determine more about your options and to evaluate what’s most effective for your situation.
  2. Reverse Mortgages: For senior couples who may have different care requirements, a reverse mortgage could be a good way for one person to go into assisted living while another resides at home while his or her partner transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage makes it possible for home owners aged 62 or older to borrow on their home equity. For more information, contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to find a reverse mortgage counseling agency in your area or contact the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
  3. Veterans Benefits: Many seniors may qualify for veterans benefits that they don’t know about. One benefit, in particular, Aid & Attendance, has helped countless families afford assisted living. To qualify, veterans must be at least 65 years old and have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least 1 day during what the Veterans Administration considers active wartime periods. Qualifying widows and widowers of veterans can also be able to receive benefits. With the current average age of U.S. veterans at 64 years old, it’s worth it to discover if your family member may be eligible for benefits. To find out more about benefits for veterans, see our “Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care,” contact the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or go to www.va.gov.

For more ideas about how to pay for your move to senior living, get in touch with A Place for Mom to talk to a Senior Living Advisor today.

5 Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Facility

Choosing the best assisted living facility is an important decision, both for a senior and for his or her relatives.

Listed below are five things to consider when thinking about making the move to assisted living:

  1. How many staff are on hand to assist at night? Some assisted living facilities provide 24x7 nursing staff, while others may have more generalized help available after hours.
  2. Will there be a waitlist? Popular communities can fill up fast. If the one you like isn't available, inquire about the waitlist and what the facility’s policy is for administering it. Many facilities will ask for a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special care needs. Here's where doing your homework can genuinely pay back - plan ahead!
  3. Is there a patio space? For most residents making the transition from a personal residence to assisted living means leaving behind a beloved back garden or outdoor area, so gaining access to a gardening area, an outdoor patio or a courtyard is normally valuable. Many larger assisted living facilities offer a range of outdoor space, with features such as BBQ spaces, gardens, and going for walks paths for community events.
  4. What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Will this facility give your cherished one with the support they want? In line with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living communities have a ratio of 1 personal care associates for each and every 23 residents. Staffing may differ widely depending on the size of the community, so make certain to ask about the services you are searching for.
  5. What services are included in the monthly cost? Before signing the contract, it’s smart to understand what is included in the basic charge structure and what might incur an extra charge. Some facilities employ a fee-for-service model, or a la carte pricing, which means they charge a monthly fee for rent and meals but supplemental charges for things such as medication management. Others might use a tiered pricing model where different degrees of care are charged distinct service fees.

What Else Should I Consider When Choosing a Community?

With so many choices to choose from, choosing the best assisted living community can seem like a daunting task. That’s where our Senior Living Advisors can assist - they are specialists in helping match seniors to the facilities that will be the best fit for his or her care requirements, personality, and budget.

Here are some things to take into account during your search:

  • Make sure you search for your family member, not you. Today’s assisted living communities offer everything from homey conditions to upscale resort-style high end living. It could be easy to be swayed by the features and amenities you may decide for yourself, but eventually it comes down to what will function best for your family member.
  • Focus on the present, not the past. Does your family member need support washing and dressing? Do they have special requirements like limited eye-sight or special diet plans? Would they like the benefits of a larger facility or be more relaxed in a smaller, more intimate environment? Take into account the here and now, not what might have been their decision ten or 15 years ago.
  • Arrange to see at least 3 to 5 facilities, when you can. Start with planned visits and consider having meals with the residents. If none of the places seem like a good fit, ask your Senior Living Advisor for more choices. And don’t hesitate to ask questions and take down notes while you’re there.

The process of deciding on the best assisted living facility can be overpowering, but there are services that will help. Call A Place for Mom today - we are able to help save you time and money and help you make a good choice.

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