What’s the difference between residential living, assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and memory support?
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. 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
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 The Terraces at Los Altos, offer an enriching lifestyle with recreational, social and educational opportunities, while others provide only housing and a minimal number of services and amenities.
The Terraces at Los Altos offers a comprehensive array of services and amenities, including a restaurant-style dining room, a library, computer center, full-service salon and barbershop, fitness center and more. Plus, our complimentary transportation will take our residents to many of the places they need to go.
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
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. 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.
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, transportation and housekeeping — assisted living can be the answer. Trained professionals provide support while helping preserve an individual’s independence.
At The Terraces at Los Altos, we offer a continuum of care. In addition to assisted living, we provide memory support and skilled nursing. These levels of living provide round-the-clock care for individuals recovering from illness or injury, or those needing more long-term care or support.
Skilled Nursing Frequently Asked Question
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 often require skilled care for seniors:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- 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
The Village at The Terraces at Los Altos provides short-term rehab through 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.
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.
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
While both offer individually focused care designed to help the individual get the most out of each day, those with Alzheimer’s or another form of age-related dementia find a plan uniquely suited to their needs. Providing an environment, activities and caring professionals as an all-encompassing concept, memory support is an exceptional kind of care. And because 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.
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.