Is it time for a talk?

If you’re worried about a parent or loved one living alone, it may be time to start talking about assistance with daily living. At Arboria of Long Grove, we’re providing resources to help you be a resource to your parents. We suggest you begin by exploring our helpful FAQs and Glossary, and while gathering information from websites and brochures is helpful, visiting a community is when you truly have the opportunity to experience the environment, meet the people and decide if it feels right. So to continue the discussion, feel free to contact us.

FAQs

What is assisted living?

Assisted living offers seniors an opportunity to remain independent while receiving assistance with activities of daily living. It is a great option when 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitative care, such as a nursing home environment, is not required, but just a little daily help is needed. Activities of daily living include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, self-administration of medications, or the administration of medications, and more. The staff may also assist with housekeeping, shopping, laundry—whatever the resident needs to keep feeling independent as long as possible.

What is memory care?

Memory care provides a specialized environment for residents coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related disorders. Therapeutic activities and programs help maximize existing cognitive abilities, diminish anxiety, lessen confusion, and increase peace of mind.

How is memory care different from assisted living?

Memory care communities are often licensed as assisted living communities, but the staff has undergone additional training to handle the needs of those who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Programming designed specifically for those with dementia is also an important part of memory care, and should focus on promoting physical and emotional wellbeing, prolonging daily functioning, and maintaining a sense of purpose, satisfaction, dignity, and quality of life.

When is living at home no longer an option?

Watch for signs, such as your loved one suddenly stops doing a longtime hobby, or withdraws. Be on the lookout for sudden weight loss, changes in grooming habits, a house in disorder or an inability to follow conversations. Also, if you suspect memory loss is disrupting your loved one’s daily routine, it could be time to seek medical advice.

How can I help my parents transition to an assisted living community?

AARP suggests an adult child ask his or her parents questions that might help start the conversation. You would not ask all these questions in one sitting, but use them as a guide for topics of conversation when the moment is right.

Here are a few examples: Is your home still appropriate for your needs? Do you need help with household chores? Can you cook your favorite meals? Do you feel comfortable driving? Would it be a great relief to have transportation available right at your door? Are your prescriptions current and are you taking your medications correctly? Have you seen the doctor lately? Do you get lonely, especially at mealtimes?

What amenities are available?

Arboria of Long Grove will include generous gathering spaces—inviting areas for recreation, socializing, and entertaining. The assisted living community includes a bistro-patisserie, a billiards room, a game/card room, a four-season room, a theater/chapel, a fitness center, arts & crafts studio, activities center, a library/computer lounge, private spa, a beauty salon, an outdoor patio, and more. The memory care building floor plan features three separate neighborhood wings—each with its own skylighted vaulted-ceiling living room/dining room/lounge area and an enclosed outdoor memory care garden with a walking path and seating areas.

Can residents bring their pets?

We understand that pets are a source of comfort for many residents, so Arboria of Long Grove allows pets. Feel free to ask about our pet policy and restrictions, as well as our specialized pet care package that includes feeding and giving water to the pet, taking care of the litter box for cats or walking the dog, playtime and routine grooming.

Can residents bring their own furniture?

Arboria of Long Grove apartments come unfurnished so residents can surround themselves with familiar furniture and décor to make their residence feel like home. For your convenience, we can also provide contacts for local firms who specialize in rental furniture.

What options are available to help pay for care?

In addition to private pay, we accept long-term care insurance plans and assist Veterans and spouses who may be eligible to apply for Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Aid and Attendance benefits to help pay for care. We’re always happy to explore options with you.

Glossary of Terms

Scan for definitions to common terms.

Accreditation

A seal of approval given by a governing body to a housing and/or service provider. To become accredited, the community or provider must meet specific requirements set by the accreditation entity and is then generally required to undergo a thorough review process by a team of evaluators to ensure certain standards of quality.

Activities of Daily Living

Daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, assistance with medications, and transfers along with other tasks.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a senior housing option for those who cannot live independently and need help with activities of daily living, including but not limited to bathing, dressing grooming, eating, housekeeping services and transfers.

Alzheimer’s Disease

A progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several areas of the brain, leading to loss of mental functions such as memory and learning. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

Ambulatory

Describes ability to walk around and move from place to place, not bedridden or hospitalized.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

Also referred to as a Life Plan Community, these communities offer several levels, including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. These communities usually offer long-term contracts or written agreements between the resident and the community which offer a continuum of housing, services and health care system, usually all on one campus or site.

Dementia

The severe loss of intellectual functions, such as thinking, remembering and reasoning. Dementia is not a disease itself but a group of symptoms that may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Symptoms may include changes in personality, mood and behavior. Dementia is irreversible when cause by disease or injury, but may be reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression, or hormone and vitamin imbalances.

Durable Power of Attorney

Designates any proficient adult(s) to see to an individual’s affairs should they become either mentally or physically incapacitated. It is imperative to keep good, clear records of such agreements and recommended that you have a lawyer draft any durable power of attorney.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is aimed at safeguarding the privacy of all residents through increased accountability in the areas of privacy and security. At Arboria of Long Grove, we are committed to confidentiality and safeguarding our residents’ Protected Health Information (PHI). We provide residents and families with a written copy of our HIPPA policy.

Hospice Care

Approach to providing comfort and care at end of life rather than providing heroic lifesaving measures. Hospice care can include medical, counseling, and social services. Most hospice care is in-home, while specialized hospices or hospitals also provide these services.

Living Will

A legal document that states the wishes of an individual who is no longer competent and able to make decisions on their own. Living wills address the use of life saving devices and procedures in the event of a terminal illness or injury.

Long-Term Care

Care given in the form of medical and support services to someone who has lost some or all of their capacity to function due to an illness or disability.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Insurance that pays for a succession of care giving services for the elderly or chronically ill. This care may be provided in a community or in an individual’s home with a nurse or aide.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

LPNs are trained to administer technical nursing procedures as well as provide a range of health care services, such as administration of medication and changing of dressings. One year of post high school education and passage of a state licensing exam is required.

Managed Care

The partnership of insurance and a health care delivery system. The goal is to coordinate all health care services received to maximize benefits and minimize costs. Managed care plans use their own network of health care providers and a system of prior approval from a primary care doctor to achieve this goal. Providers include: specialists, hospitals skilled nursing facilities, therapists, and home health care agencies.

Medicaid

A program of medical assistance designed for those unable to afford regular medical service and financed by the state and federal governments—available only in a skilled nursing setting.

Medicare

The federal health insurance program for people who are 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover specific services and care.

Medication Management / Medication Administration

Formalized procedure with a written set of rules for the management of self-administered medicine. A program may include management of the timing and dosage for residents in assisted living, and could include coordination with a resident’s personal physician.

Nursing Home (Skilled Nursing)

State licensed facility that provides 24-hour nursing care, room and board, and activities for convalescent residents and those with chronic and/or long-term care illnesses. One step below hospital acute care. Regular medical supervision and rehabilitation therapy are mandated to be available, and nursing homes are eligible to participate in the Medicaid program. May be referred to as a Nursing Facility or Convalescent Home.

Palliative Care

An area of health care that focuses on providing pain relief and preventing chronic suffering for patients. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life in all areas of a patient’s life including physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.

Registered Nurse (RN)

A Registered Nurse is a nurse who has passed a state board examination and is licensed by a state agency to practice nursing. A minimum of two years of college is required in addition to passing the state exams. The RN plans for resident care by assessing resident needs, developing and monitoring care plans in conjunction with physicians, as well as executing highly technical, skilled nursing treatments.

Rehabilitation

Therapeutic care for persons requiring intensive physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

Respite Care

Temporary relief from duties for caregivers, ranging from several hours to days. May be provided in-home or in a residential care setting such as an assisted living facility or nursing home.

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits (VA Benefits)

A supplemental income provided by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs available to veterans and their spouses. The veteran must have served at least one day during wartime. Resources: Guide to Using VA Benefits for Assisted Living | VA.gov