What is independent or assisted living?
Independent or assisted living at Prestige means maintaining a desired level of active living independence, without the hassles of household maintenance. Independent living allows active senior adults to enjoy a lifestyle of recreation, education and socialization with their peers, along with freedom from chores like doing the dishes and folding laundry. Who wouldn’t want that?
Prestige assisted and independent living communities offer a range of services designed for seniors to address a variety of needs as one ages. Residents and their families may tailor a plan that helps residents achieve the level of assistance that helps them live comfortably.
Assisted living is typically a long-term solution for seniors who still desire to perform some of their daily activities independently, but who may also need help with meal preparation, medications, bathing, dressing and other daily care services.
Many Prestige communities also offer Expressions, a memory care program that provides specialized care for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Regardless of the level of care that’s right for each resident, Prestige caregivers provide companionship, privacy, comfort and security from a deeply compassionate heart – it’s all a part of our care philosophy that was instilled by our founder, Sarah Delamarter in 1947.
How do you determine the level of care that’s right for each resident?
One of the best parts of our roles as caregivers is to help families find peace of mind that their loved one will be taken care of as if they are part of our family. To help us deliver on that promise, we meet with each family at the beginning of the planning process to collaboratively establish a care plan and care giving approach that fits each resident. Care plans are easily amended as needs change and it is always our pleasure to meet with families to assess how we can exceed their expectations.
What is a continuum of care?
At the simplest level, a continuum of care represents the range of care and services offered to residents as they age. From independent retirement living to skilled nursing rehabilitation to Alzheimer’s and dementia care, the Prestige care model is a comprehensive array of health services designed to meet the needs of residents wherever they are on the care continuum. A comprehensive continuum of care also means that as residents age, Prestige is able to adapt and meet needs for each resident as they change.
How is an average day spent at a Prestige Senior Living community?
No two days are alike at a Prestige community. Those seeking an active lifestyle may choose to join a Wii bowling league, morning yoga class or tend to the community garden, while others may opt to attend a weekly church service or invite their grandchildren to game night. There is no shortage of activities to meet every resident’s desired level of involvement.
Great, but how is the food?
Prestige communities attract some of the best chefs in the business. Restaurant-style dining allows residents to choose from an ever-changing menu of heart-healthy, adventurous dining options, along with home-cooked favorites that are great reminders of home and history. We hope you’re hungry for seconds because once you try a Prestige meal, we guarantee you’ll be coming back for more.
How often can family members visit?
There is no limit to how often friends and family can visit their loved one. We encourage families to call and stop by often, and even participate in many of the activities that are led by Prestige community members – that is, if they can keep up with our residents!
Is my pet allowed?
Your furry friend is welcome at many Prestige communities. To make certain the community near you is pet-friendly, you should ask one of our representatives on your next visit to a Prestige community. Or, you can give us a call to find out, we’d love to hear from you.
How much does it cost to live at Prestige?
Of course, cost is one of the most important factors that families consider when choosing a senior living community, and we work with families to find a plan that fits their needs and budget. Most independent and assisted living solutions are based on a monthly rent payment schedule, which does vary by community and the level of care your loved one desires.
Many seniors are also eligible for help from Medicare, Medicaid and other health plans, which means that often times our award-winning care comes at a significantly reduced cost. A Prestige team member has all the answers to your financial planning questions and will be happy to guide you through payment plans and options.
What is Medicare and what does it cover?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for seniors 65 or older and some younger people with disabilities. For those who are eligible, Medicare can cover many of the skilled nursing and assisted living care services offered at Prestige, in addition to other medical expenses like doctor appointments, prescription medication and hospital stays. The U.S. government provides many online resources to help you navigate Medicare’s benefits and requirements. Better yet, contact a Prestige team member who will walk you through program step-by-step and help you determine your eligibility.
How about Medicaid – what is that?
Medicaid pays the medical bills for people who couldn’t afford to otherwise. Low-income seniors who require nursing-home care and disabled people are often covered by federal assistance provided by Medicare. The criteria for eligibility vary from state to state, and sometimes patients and residents are responsible for a small part of the cost (a co-pay). The program is managed at the federal level but each state decides who is eligible. Learn more about Medicaid at the U.S. government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid (www.cms.gov).
How do I learn more about Prestige?
Our website, www.PrestigeCare.com, is a great resource for those who’d like to find out more about Prestige and the values that set us apart. You’re more than welcome to call any of our communities directly. Or, give us a shout at our central offices in Vancouver, Washington and we’ll point you in the right direction. The number is (360) 735-7155. We’d be glad to answer any questions you might have.
Where are Prestige communities located?
With more than 50 communities across the Western Region of the U.S., chances are there’s a Prestige community near you. Feel free to contact any of them directly, or send us a note and we’ll get right back to you to help you schedule your visit.
Once you have a chance to take a look around, we also recommend you schedule a Prestige Retreat Stay – a short visit that combines temporary residency with full access to all of our community services and amenities, which lets you test drive a Prestige community to see if it’s the right fit for you. And the best part is…it’s on us!