Frequently Asked Questions About Senior Living

  • I work with over 100 properties in our area. I’m very familiar with pricing, amenities, activities, ambiance, staff ratio, etc., so I can quickly narrow your search to just those properties that fit your budget, location preference, lifestyle, and care needs (if any).

  • I’m paid by a community after you move in. There is never any charge to you or your family for my services.

  • Most are private pay, so you can use savings, long term care insurance policies, Veterans Aid & Attendance benefits, social security benefits, retirement funds, sale of a home, etc. There are a few assisted living communities that accept long term care Medicaid.

  • Neither Medicare nor health insurance pay for senior living expenses.

  • Most communities offer at least two entrees to choose from (lunch and dinner); however most have a supplemental menu that you can order from if you don’t want the entrée(s). The items on the supplemental menu usually rotate monthly at least.

  • No, you can skip as many meals as you want.

  • No, you choose which ones you want to attend. The community will encourage you to join in so that you learn new things, meet people, and have the opportunity to socialize with your neighbors.

  • Yes, you are free to come and go as you please. Senior communities lock their entry doors each night for safety; however, you will have a code or an employee can let you in if needed. Most communities will ask you to sign out and back in when you return so they won’t be worried if they don’t see you that day(s).

  • Most senior communities not only allow pets but encourage you to bring yours! Some limit the size/weight of the pet (dogs, mostly), and there is usually a pet deposit. Most require that you are able to take care of the pet by yourself although a few have staff members or can recommend a service that you can hire to care for your furry friend.