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The decision to move to a senior living community may be an individual one; however where assisted living or higher care levels are preferred it is often a family decision as well. There are often many questions and uncertainty about the process. The articles below are provided to help individuals and families learn and better understand the transition for themselves or a loved one.

Considering senior living?

At The Goodman Group, we value all of our residents, both individually and collectively. When an individual or a family makes the decision to move to one of our managed communities, we understand that this is a major decision for them. In each case, we have created an environment that promotes resident satisfaction and happiness. We want it to be their decision for all of the right reasons.

Here are some basic questions that can help your family begin to consider whether a move to senior living is the right move at this time and its impact on your life and your family:

  • What should we expect at a senior living community?
  • Why is this the right move for me/us at this time?
  • What is the lifestyle like in a senior living community?
  • Wherever we live, would we like to have involvement with friends and socialize?
  • What activities do we want to engage in?
  • Are we living purposeful lives now, or would we like to do more?
  • Are we healthy and mobile now, or do we anticipate needing help in the near future?
  • Do we still want to drive ourselves and would we also like to have the convenience of local transportation provided?
  • What is our financial situation?
  • Would we like assistance with daily tasks and activities to add an additional element of convenience to our lives?
  • Are we receiving all of the benefits to which we are entitled, such as Social Security, Medicare, Veterans’ Benefits, etc.?
Financing your lifestyle.

There are numerous ways to afford your move, from using personal funds to government benefits, to private sources.  Here are some that you may already have, as well as others that may be helpful, depending upon your situation:

Personal Funding Sources:

  • Your regular income from retirement plans, pensions, annuities and Social Security
  • The equity in your current home or other owned real estate
  • Sale of stocks or bonds
  • Conversion of mature Certificates of Deposit
  • Assistance from your family
  • Outside Financial Sources
  • Veteran’s Aid & Attendance Benefit
  • Life Settlement from the sale of an insurance policy
  • Converting a life insurance plan to cash
  • Elderlife Financial Services

These are all personal decisions and only you can decide which choices are right for you.  However, the professional sales staff at our community is happy to answer any questions you may have or to help you find the proper person or agency to assist.

Social engagement.

There is no doubt that physical exercise is an important component for extending wellness. However, the process of aging well includes many more components of health, including emotional and spiritual as well as socializing with others.

Social engagement is a key reason why our residents choose to live in a senior living community. This is where they develop friendships among peers, exchange information and receive motivation or encouragement to participate in other healthy activities, such as exercise or regular walks.

The desire to be social in a senior living community is increasingly linked to maintaining a modern, “connected” lifestyle. For example, many residents learn how to use email to remain in contact with their children, grandchildren and friends. Still others become physically active by pursuing social hobbies such as ballroom dancing, which helps to keep the body fit and the mind sharp by combining physical activity and social interaction with a partner.

There is substantial research and scientific data to support the case for social engagement as key to longevity among residents in senior communities. At Villa at Terracina Grand, we see tangible evidence of it every day, where social interactions among residents play a significant role in helping to keep residents well – and young at heart.

Key factors to consider.

A good first impression is key. When visiting a senior living community, you will receive a tour and most likely a meal. You will also have the opportunity to observe resident activities, talk with residents, as well as staff and examine the upkeep and curb appeal of your new home.

Below are some guidelines for helping you during a senior living community visit:

  • Ensure the community offers all the personal and health services you need immediately or that you are likely to need in the near future.
  • Pay attention to the overall design and appeal of the community.
  • Ask to see a model apartment, as well as an available one that is move-in ready.  Check to see if carpets, paint and wallpaper are fresh and clean and that appliances are clean and updated.
  • Check the landscaping and interior décor to see if they are fresh and inviting.
  • Food should be exceptional and of the highest quality.
  • Food service and access to dining should be convenient to the residents.
  • Staff should be friendly, smiling, well groomed and diligent; eager to deliver exceptional service and care to the residents.
  • Talk with the residents and ask how long they have lived in the community and their impressions of the lifestyle there.
  • Check the appearance and upkeep of the public restrooms; this is a good marker of overall standards
  • Ask to see the current monthly activity schedule for residents.
  • Ask to see the latest state survey results.

When all is said and done, the determining factor in choosing a senior living community is often the quality of the service delivered. The Goodman Group’s Platinum Service® is an example of our continuous commitment to serve all residents at an exceptional level.

Caring for you loved one.

Those individuals with good health who are able to live independently may still want a lifestyle change from owning a home.  Senior living communities provide an alternative to dealing with such issues as maintenance, stairways, upkeep of a household, preparing meals and security. These communities offer the added benefit of the camaraderie of neighbors, planned activities and opportunities to enhance their independence without worries about maintaining a home.

As we age, changes often require that an individual receive additional care and assistance with some of the activities of daily living, from bathing and dressing to medication management and local transportation.  Physical limitations sometimes cause individuals to become self-conscious and less social, which can affect their overall outlook and sense of wellness.  Assisted living communities address all of these needs and sensitivities and help individuals to thrive while living as independently as possible.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias present special challenges to families who care for loved ones who no longer understand the world in which they live.  Caring for loved ones with this disease can be difficult for families trying to understand the changes their loved ones experience. It is important for individuals and families to recognize these changes and to anticipate desired or necessary life modifications. After a certain point, the needs of the individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia surpass the family’s ability to provide needed care or solutions.

Senior living communities with special memory care environments fulfill a variety of needs in helping families to understand the changes their loved ones are experiencing while providing daily care around the clock in a safe environment that is attuned to the unique needs of the individual.  Special programming that enhances memory enables these residents to live in a compassionate and caring environment.  Families also find that moving loved ones with Alzheimer’s to such environments allows their time with their loved one to be quality time, while experienced caregivers at the community handle the resident’s unique care needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Living & Care Options

What happens when my parents have different care needs?

Villa at Terracina Grand’s residential care license allow it to provide “a la carte” health care services to residents. This fiscally responsible approach lets residents pay for health care services they need when they need them.

How is my or my loved one’s level of care determined?

Upon move-in, our nurses and care team will assess the individual’s current health and review their medical history to see how we can best meet their needs. They will also discuss the individual’s preferences as well as their normal routines to develop a care plan that’s tailor made. To speak with us, simply call 1-877-70-VILLA.

What training do staff members receive?

Every employee receives The Goodman Group’s Platinum Service training and certification, embraces the program and promises to follow its 20 service standards.

Every shift at each community managed by The Goodman Group, every employee embraces our mission, our values, and their personal commitment to deliver our Platinum Service Standards. This daily exercise helps sustain and perpetuate our culture of exceptional service on a company-wide basis for the benefit of our residents and guests. For more information, please visit this page.

Our Platinum Service® Pledge: “Providing unparalleled service is the focus of our team efforts and my main personal role. I am committed to following and supporting our service philosophy.”

Do you offer 24-hour nursing?

Yes, we have a nurses on call or on staff 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our nurse works with all our residents and their families, offering peace of mind.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Care

What exactly is Alzheimer’s Disease?

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a “progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes”. Among those 65 or older, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause for the loss of intellectual function.

How is Alzheimer’s diagnosed and is there a cure?

Alzheimer’s disease can now be diagnosed with up to 90 percent accuracy. Neuropsychological tests are performed that gauge memory, attention, problem-solving abilities and language skills. Symptoms are much easier to manage when diagnosis is made in the early stages. Unfortunately there is currently no known cure although research in this field is ongoing.

What are the common indicators of Alzheimer’s Disease?
  • Asking the same question repeatedly
  • Repeating the same story, word for word, again and again
  • Forgetting how to cook, make simple repairs, play cards – activities that were previously performed with ease and regularity
  • Losing one’s ability to pay bills or balance one’s checkbook
  • Getting lost in familiar surroundings, or misplacing household objects
  • Neglecting to bathe, or wearing the same clothes over and over again, while insisting that they have taken a bath or that their clothes are still clean
  • Relying on someone else, such as a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions they previously would have handled themselves
  • A noticeable change in mood, personality or behavior
  • Difficulties with abstract thinking, taking the initiative, or finding the right words to express themselves
  • Disorientation of time and place
How is dementia different from Alzheimer’s?

Dementia is a clinical state characterized by the loss of function in several cognitive domains. It is a general term used to describe groups of symptoms such as loss of memory, judgment, complex motor skills and language. Many major disorders such as Alzheimer’s cause dementia. Several other diseases can also cause dementia, such as Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Huntington’s and multi-infarct or vascular disease, caused by multiple strokes in the brain. Accurate diagnosis is critical since dementia may also be caused by thyroid problems or vitamin deficiencies. Unlike Alzheimer’s, these conditions may be reversible.

How do I know when it’s time to seek help for the care of my loved one?

The physical and mental health of the caregiver is perhaps one of the most important factors in determining when additional assistance is needed. A study of elderly spouse caregivers, aged 66 to 96, found that caregivers who experience mental or emotional strain have a 63 percent higher risk of dying than non-caregivers. Too often caregivers focus their energy on their relative’s needs and lose sight of their own wellbeing.

Amenities & Environment

How does the dining program work? Are residents given 3 meals a day? Are they able to eat only at mealtimes?

We serve three meals a day, restaurant-style. Food for Life, provided by our management company The Goodman Group, is a culinary program that serves our residents healthy, organic, minimally processed, plant-based and locally sourced foods. We believe that a resident’s quality of life can be improved and extended as we transform our overall dining experience. Education is provided to our residents and families to assist them in choosing plant strong dining options. We do “tastings” on a regular basis to get feedback on potential new menu items. All recipes and menus have been designed to meet and exceed the guidelines for nutrition, flavor, quality and presentation.

Will my loved one have access to transportation services for doctors’ visits, activities they participate in outside the community, church services, etc.?

Yes, local transportation is provided for doctors’ visits and other scheduled appointments. We regularly take residents out on fun outings.

Are there restrictions on visiting hours?

Villa at Terrcina Grand is a home for our residents, so we gladly welcome visitors and work with family and friends to visit their loved ones at a time that works best for everyone.

Visit

How do I arrange a visit?

The first step is to arrange a visit to our memory care community. During your visit, we’ll talk to you about how we can meet your individual needs. To set up a tour, simply call us at 1-877-70-VILLA.

Moving-in Process

Can we move in as a couple?

Yes, couples can live together in their own apartment home surrounded by their familiar belongings.

Do we have to sign a long-term lease for the apartment?

No. Unlike many other senior living and health care communities, we do not require you to sign a long-term lease.

Can my community provide me with furniture?

Yes, though it may change on a case to case basis.

Can I bring my own furniture?

Yes, this is your home and we are happy to accommodate your own furniture.

Activities & Programming

What types of activities do you offer?

Our programming and activities are specially designed to promote the well-being of a resident’s mind, body and spirit. Activities and events coordinate with the upcoming seasons and holidays.

Can residents request events or activities?

Yes! In fact, activity calendars are different at each Goodman Group managed community because each one is tailored to its specific residents’ requests and interests.

Costs

How much does senior living cost?

The cost to live at Villa at Terracina Grand is based on each resident’s individual circumstances and room rental fees. You may be surprised to learn that many people pay more by paying for individual mortgages, utilities, services and amenities than moving to a community in which all expenses are included.

What is included in the costs?

The base rate includes a range of different services. To learn more, simply call us at 1-877-70-VILLA.

Making the transition

What services do you have available to help my parent settle into their new life at Villa at Terracina Grand?

Our move-in coordinator will conduct a new resident orientation and work with residents and family to answer any questions. Additionally, a resident “Welcoming Committee” greets new residents and invites them to the dining room, to activities, on outings, and more.

I feel my parents need to move, but they say they aren’t ready. What can I do to encourage this decision?

The decision to move to a senior living community is an important one, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. There are steps you can take to ensure you or your loved ones’ transition is smooth, comfortable, and seamless. To begin, know that the old vision of a “nursing home” no longer exists. Senior living communities take care of the stress of home maintenance, upkeep and daily chores like cooking and cleaning.

Villa at Terracina Grans is a place for people to thrive, grow, experience new adventures, make new friends, and more, all the while enjoying the privacy and comfort of their own apartment home. What you can do to help your parents – whether their move is tomorrow or a year from now – is to ask why they feel they aren’t ready. We can help address their concerns, and make a future plan.

Tour our beautiful campus with them, experience the dining program, and talk with residents and staff. Once your parents see how their lives could be enriched, they will feel much more at ease with this decision. Each small step you take towards their future plan is a step in the right direction.

Calendar & Events

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