Answers to the most frequently asked questions about senior living.
As you begin exploring senior living options, you’re bound to encounter a number of words, phrases and ideas you may not have seen before. That’s perfectly normal. We invite you to ask questions, seek guidance and raise your hand. After all, this is a big decision, and our job is to help you get it right for you and your family.
If you don’t see your question below or need more clarification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Questions about independent living.
What is an independent living community?
An independent living community is the perfect place for active seniors who are able to enjoy an active life and want the total freedom of a carefree retirement lifestyle. Home maintenance and yard work become a thing of the past, and the community provides a wide range of services and amenities—including dining, a full calendar of social opportunities and entertainment, transportation, cleaning, health and wellness activities, security, and more—so residents can truly live the lives they want to live. Are you ready or independent living? Check out our blog to learn about six signs you’re ready for independent living.
What’s it like to move into a life plan community?
When you move into your residence at a life plan community, you will receive a variety of services such as dining, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, maintenance and security, and have access to a whole array of incredible amenities and social, wellness and educational activities. You will live independently and enjoy the lifestyle you create for yourself. But the unique benefit of a life plan community is the access to a continuum of care right on the same campus if and when it’s needed. For instance, Freedom Village Bradenton provides this continuum of care, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, short-term rehab, and long-term care. Transitioning among these levels of care is simple and seamless, and you will always have the peace of mind knowing that you will be receiving care surrounded by friends and staff who know you.
How much does it cost to live in a retirement community?
Costs can vary widely depending on the community and the services offered.
A life plan community (like Freedom Village Bradenton) typically offers a residency agreement with a one-time entrance fee along with a monthly payment that covers the services provided. The entrance fee and monthly fee will vary depending on the size of the residence and the number of occupants. When needs change, care is provided on site from people you already know and trust. In addition to an entrance fee, a monthly fee covers community maintenance, dining programs, and access to all the services and amenities of the community. Refundability of your entrance fee will vary by Residency Agreement selected.
What does the monthly service fee cover?
Your monthly fee covers home maintenance and property taxes, utilities, your dining plan, fitness membership, a beautifully maintained campus, and dozens of other services and amenities.
Why do I need Lifecare?
Our Life Care contract offers a way to pay for long-term care expenses that makes them more predictable — saving you tens of thousands of dollars over other long-term care options. When you consider that the Department of Health and Human Services says 7 out of 10 adults will need long-term care at some point, for an average of 3 years, Life Care can be a financial lifesaver!
Answers to help you better understand assisted living.
What type of help is typically provided for residents in assisted living?
What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?
How do I talk to my parent about assisted living?
Defining memory care and its benefits.
What is the benefit of memory care vs. in-home care?
Memory care at Freedom Village of Bradenton provides a specially designed, whole-person approach to Alzheimer’s care and dementia care. Residents live in a warm and friendly, family-like community with the safety of 24-hour onsite security and the compassionate care of highly trained personnel who implement proven memory care programs that encourage and celebrate remaining abilities. It would be virtually impossible to duplicate this level of round-the-clock safety, sense of community and socialization, and specific expertise in Alzheimer’s care by using an in-home care service.
What types of activities are designed to engage residents with dementia or memory problems?
The most effective activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are highly structures activities and routines that help maintain abilities and encourage the use of current skills. Programs such as discussion groups to promote mental agility and physical exercise such as dancing can be powerful in providing enjoyable and meaningful experiences. Ultimately all activities should provide memory care residents with a sense of purpose and a feeling of security.
Assisted Living vs. Memory Care. What’s the difference?
While both assisted living and memory care provide assistance with the activities of daily living, such as help with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management, and personal maintenance, memory care at Freedom Village of Bradenton offers a specific type of compassionate care that is specially designed for those with memory impairment. Each member of our memory care team is trained in the specialized skills needed to provide excellent Alzheimer’s care and dementia care. After initial training, they then participate in continuing education courses to remain current in best practices.
What should I look for in a memory care unit?
The best way to get a feel for a memory care community is to take a tour! Create a memory care checklist to help you make sure the community has everything you or your loved one might need. You can review our suggestions for a memory care checklist on our blog!
Exploring skilled nursing.
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing within a life care retirement community provides 24-hour licensed nursing care. Our skilled nursing facility primarily provides long-term care or rehabilitative therapies for patients and residents who need medical or nursing care and is ideal for those with chronic medical conditions or disabilities, or those in chronic pain, who require round-the-clock care and supervision by licensed skilled nursing professionals. If you are deciding between a nursing home and an assisted living community, check out our blog to read more.
Is a skilled nursing area of a senior living community like a hospital?
The skilled nursing area of a senior living community is not like a hospital. Many patients and residents utilize this area of care after a hospital stay. While this area of the community does provide advanced levels of on-going long-term care as well as short-term rehabilitative services, the suites and spaces are designed to be warm and comfortable and reflect a home-like environment.
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY.
What is your pet policy?
Small pets under 25 pounds are permitted. Service animals are welcome.
How do I get on the waitlist?
With increased demand for apartments and villas, we created the Signature Club waiting list program to give people who are interested in moving into Freedom Village the opportunity enjoy the community activities and special events we offer, have dinner on campus once per month, and use amenities such as our fitness center.
Do you have clubs and organizations?
There are more than 30 clubs and organizations at Freedom Village, many of which are managed by residents.
How close are you to an airport?
We are about 30 minutes from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, and just over an hour from Tampa International Airport.
Do you have transportation?
We have a fleet of vehicles that will take you to professional appointments such as: Doctors, Lawyers, Financial Advisors. There are weekly, scheduled trips to grocery stores and local shopping plazas.
Will I have access to a library?
Yes, there is a beautiful library in the Landings Building to check out books and enjoy quiet reading spaces.
How does the meal plan work?
Our chefs and culinary teams use fresh seasonal ingredients for every meal, and menus change regularly so there’s always something exciting for you to try.
What are nearby places of worship?
There are numerous churches and synagogues nearby, and we provide transportation on Sundays to some.