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Senior Living Terms

Senior Living Terms

55+ Communities:
These are adult communities, typically comprised of patio homes and/or condos, which can be purchased outright by those 55 and older. No children are typically permitted. The homes are maintenance-free, at least the exterior, and often offer social outlets.

Only our Cottages at Dayton Place in Southeast Denver (patio homes) extends residency to those as young as 55 years. Residents in the rest of our communities must be 62 years or older.
 

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRCs):
An aging-in-place option, campuses like these traditionally encompass independent living, assisted living (often including memory care), skilled nursing and hospice. With this scope of services, the campuses are typically large (200+ residents). New residents often must qualify both financially and physically, and the units may be rented, or in many cases, may be available through a buy-in or “entrance fee.”

While most MorningStar communities offer Assisted Living and Memory Care, and some additionally offer Independent Living (see the Profile Page of a given MorningStar community), none offer Skilled Nursing.  Hospice is offered in many of our homes through the integrated services of an outside hospice agency. 

 

Independent Living (IL):
Here are adult communities of suites and/or patio homes (free-standing or adjoining, at times with garages) available for rent or through a buy-in/entrance fee. A range of activities and amenities are generally offered. You choose your own level of participation. Some structure their fees to include transportation, life enrichment and meals and limited in-home care is sometimes available.

Some MorningStar communities offer Independent Living on a private pay basis (Dayton Place, RidgeGate, Billings, Idaho Falls, Boise and Sparks). See their individual Profile Pages for the specifics.

 

Assisted Living (AL):
Within these communities, residents can still maintain their independence in some areas, while requiring help with other activities of daily living. Different care levels are offered, customized to individual needs. They commonly offer a range of amenities, together with wellness programs. Licensed nurses are typically available along with 24-hour care staff. These communities can be private pay only or supplemented by Medicaid.

Most of our MorningStar communities offer Assisted Living on a private pay basis (we do not accept Medicaid). See the Profile Page of a given MorningStar community to learn the specifics.

 

Memory Care (MC):
Today over 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 10% of all seniors. In response, many Assisted Living communities offer secure environments to safeguard those with memory impairment (Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia). A variety of therapeutic approaches to care are offered as well as recreational and purposeful activities.

Most of our MorningStar communities offer Memory Care on a private pay basis (we do not accept Medicaid). See the Profile Page of a given MorningStar community to learn the specifics.

 

Respite Stay:
Respite is defined as a short-term stay after hospitalization or when the in-home caregiver is unable to serve for a time. Some require a minimum or impose a maximum length of stay. Respite is often a great way to try out a community before officially moving in.

Most of our MorningStar communities offer Respite Stay on a private pay basis (we do not accept Medicaid). See the Profile Page of a given MorningStar community to learn the specifics.

 

Day Program:
Offered in senior centers, churches and Assisted Living facilities, seniors join into community life for a half or full day while the in-home caregiver is at work or otherwise occupied. Some Day Programs are drop in; others require reservations.

Most of our MorningStar communities offer a Day Program (unless prohibited by the state’s Department of Health) on a private pay basis (we do not accept Medicaid). See the Profile Page of a given MorningStar community to learn the specifics.

 

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF):
An offering based on the medical model for those needing 24-hour nursing care. Stays here could be short-term (recuperative after a hospital stay) or long-term for those needing constant and intensive care.

None of our MorningStar communities offer Skilled Nursing.

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs):
Senior Living Communities often speak in terms of ADLs as a means of assessing an individual’s needed level of care. The number of and type of ADLs with which residents need assistance helps to determine the appropriate levels of care needed.
 

Basic ADLs:

• Personal hygiene and grooming
• Dressing and undressing
• Feeding oneself
• Transferring (from bed to wheelchair, etc.)
• Bowel and bladder management
• Ambulation (walking without assistive device)

Instrumental ADLs (for living independently)

• Housekeeping
• Taking medication as prescribed
• Managing money
• Shopping for groceries or clothes
• Telephone use
• Technology use
• Arranging for own transportation