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How to choose the best care option.

What’s the difference between residential living, assisted living, memory support, short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing?

To assist you in determining which level of living would best suit your loved one’s needs and help them live an independent and fulfilling life, we’ve posted some frequently asked questions and their answers below. You can also view testimonials from both residents and their loved ones. If you have a specific question that we don’t cover, use the contact form at the top of this page, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Residential Living Frequently Asked Questions

What is residential living?

Residential living, or independent living, is designed for older adults who desire the conveniences of community life without the burdens of home maintenance. Some communities, like Valle Verde, offer an enriching lifestyle with recreational, social and educational opportunities, while others provide only housing and a minimal number of services and amenities.

What services and amenities are available at Valle Verde?

Valle Verde offers a comprehensive array of services and amenities, including a restaurant-style dining room, a casual poolside grill, a library, full-service salon and barbershop, fitness center and more. Plus, our complimentary transportation will take our residents to doctor’s appointments, shopping, entertainment and more.

Will I have a voice in the community?

We encourage residents to participate in the community’s resident committees –  special committees focused on different aspects of community life. Residents are able to actively participate in decisions that affect programming, activities, outings and more.

Assisted Living Frequently Asked Questions

What is assisted living?

Assisted living provides a distinct combination of individualized care, familiar neighborhood surroundings and professional expertise. Residents are assured ongoing wellness evaluations and levels of care that address their specific needs – this person-directed approach allows residents to experience a day customized to their needs. Licensed, compassionate team members assist with daily tasks as needed, and the many amenities and life-enriching opportunities are geared toward helping residents more easily enjoy what matters most to them.

How do I know when my loved one needs assisted living?

It’s best to start with a physician’s assessment. Depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s situation, you can match needs to the right level of assistance. When help with daily tasks is needed — taking medicines, bathing, dressing, meals and housekeeping — assisted living can be the answer. Trained professionals provide support while helping preserve an individual’s independence.

Skilled Nursing Frequently Asked Question

What is long-term skilled nursing care?

Skilled nursing is for those who need longer-term care delivered around the clock by licensed professionals, including RNs, LVNs, and Certified Nurse Aides. Some communities also offer customized programs that encourage maximum social interaction and preserve dignity.

These are some conditions that require skilled care for seniors:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other major illness
  • Hip or other bone fracture
  • Fall-related injury
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Severe osteoarthritis

Short-Term Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions

What does physical therapy and rehabilitation include?

The Village at Valle Verde provides short-term rehab that may include physical, speech and occupational therapies. Resident and nonresident seniors can receive expert care from our skilled nursing team and therapists, who employ the most advanced treatments and rehab techniques.

Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?

It’s similar in that it helps restore strength and mobility. Occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through education in activities like dressing, memory training and coordination exercises with the goal to get people back to being able to fully engage in their usual lifestyle.

What can I expect from speech therapy?

Our skilled speech and language pathologists address communication issues and swallowing dysfunction. They’ll design treatment plans to help with language ability, provide alternative communication strategies and give appropriate diet recommendations.

Memory Support Frequently Asked Questions

How is memory support different from assisted living?

While both offer individually focused care designed to help the individual get the most out of each day, for those with Alzheimer’s or another form of age-related dementia, a unique plan is developed to suit individual needs. A supportive environment, tailored activities and skilled caring professionals form the basis of our exceptional care. As the entire network of family, friends and caregivers are affected by a loved one’s memory loss – all are engaged in the comprehensive plan for care.

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas, leading first to loss of recent memories and new learning, and eventually old memories, too.