Assisted Living FAQ
Learn More About Assisted Living in Phoenix, Arizona
We want you to be able to make the best decision for your elderly loved one. Check out these FAQs so you can better understand assisted living in Phoenix, Arizona.
WHAT IS ASSISTED LIVING?
Assisted living is for older adults who value their independence, but need some assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, transportation and medication reminders. Seniors may live in their own suites or with a companion and are relieved of household chores such as laundry, cooking, and cleaning.
The Vista Living team creates an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to personalize each resident’s assisted living care needs. If you are looking for assisted living in Phoenix, Arizona you can count on Vista Living to take care of your loved one.
Assisted Living Phoenix, Arizona. What You Need to Know.
We understand that deciding on the best senior care option for you or your loved one can be an overwhelming and emotional decision. You may be confused about what exactly assisted living is and how it differs from nursing homes and other care facilities. That’s why we’ve answered some frequently asked questions to tell you a little bit more about assisted living in Phoenix, Arizona, and help you figure out if it’s best for you or your loved one.
Care Plans and Safety
What care options are available?
Here at Vista Living, we provide homey, assisted living accommodation for seniors that still want to retain their independence, but with the benefits of basic personal care and food services.
We have a number of care options to suit the needs of residents, ranging from independent living options to specialized care programs for those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s and dementia-related conditions. These include:
- Bespoke memory care programs, tailored to each individual resident
- Alzheimer’s care programs,to support residents at every stage of the disease
- Personalized dementia care programs to help you or your loved one make the most of their time at Vista Living
Do you offer rehabilitation or skilled nursing?
Rehabilitation programs can be arranged with external professionals and conducted in our purpose-built workout room. However, it’s important to note that while we do have an on-call registered nurse, we are not a skilled nursing facility. You can find out more about the differences between assisted living and skilled nursing facilities — and which option is better suited to your or your loved one — here.
Do you have a medication management program?
Yes, both our memory care and Alzheimer’s care options include dedicated medication management programs. Experienced staff can assist residents with medication by providing medication reminders and prompts and helping with orders, storage and documentation.
What are the typical services provided in Vista Living?
All accommodation units at Vista Living include daily housekeeping and laundry services, with emergency call buttons and access to round-the-clock staff. We provide medicine management services, as well as a daily socialization program featuring a range of activities, games and music for guests to enjoy.
Vista Living also provides food preparation services, with a diverse menu prepared on-site and options for residents with special dietary needs. Our open plan kitchens, meanwhile, have been purposely designed to allow residents to socialise and join in the cooking experience.
Do you offer 24-hour nursing?
Residents at Vista Living have access to 24-hour care and round-the-clock staffing, with caregivers on duty throughout the night as well as during the day. However, we do not provide 24-hour staffed nursing. If you feel this is something you require, please contact us to discuss whether assisted living is right for you.
How much does assisted living cost?
Assisted living facilities typically cost less than nursing homes. However, the cost of senior living can vary according to the type of care and accommodation unit required.
The average cost of an assisted living unit ranges from around $1,000 to $7,000 per month. The base price of an assisted living facility generally includes a range of services such as 24/7 security, meal preparation, medication management and basic health assistance. Additional costs may apply for services such as haircuts or beauty treatments.
What financial options are available to make senior care more affordable?
A number of government programs are available to help with the costs of senior care. These include Medicaid, Social Services Block Grant, Veteran Aid or Supplementary Security Income. Some states may also allow you to make use of tax-exempt bonds or Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Seniors may be able to use their long-term care insurance in covering costs too, but unfortunately Medicare doesn’t help finance assisted living. A guide to government aid for seniors can be found here.
Activities and Programming
What types of activities do you offer?
We offer a fun-packed program of scheduled daily activities to enrich, motivate and entertain our residents, catering to all kinds of ability and energy levels. Typical activities include music, arts and crafts, games, bingo and exercises. We also have a number of special and seasonal events throughout the year, when we encourage friends and family to join in the fun, too.
How can you design activities to engage residents with dementia or memory problems?
Research has shown that regular activities such as games and puzzles may help to slow memory loss and keep the brain healthy in patients with dementia. As part of our memory care program, Vista Living organizes a range of specially designed brain teaser activities, games and discussions aimed at stimulating memory and cognitive reasoning. Each program will be adapted to meet the particular needs of the resident.
Can residents request events or activities?
Absolutely! We want to make sure our activity calendar reflects the interests of our community and that it is fun, meaningful and engaging for everyone. That’s why residents are encouraged to bring their own ideas for social activities and events and get involved.
Amenities and Environment
What is the average age of residents in assisted living?
Each assisted living community will differ, but typically residents at Vista Living are independent, active men and women in their mid-80s.
Will my loved one have access to transportation services for doctors’ visits, activities they participate in outside the community, church services, etc.?
Yes, we encourage our residents to remain as socially active as possible. Vista Living can transport residents to and from a range of essential services including grocery stores, pharmacies and church services. We also schedule various shopping trips and sightseeing excursions throughout the year. Transportation for nonessential services and community outings can be arranged for an additional fee.
Are there restrictions on visiting hours?
No — we welcome visitors and family members to our home! As Vista Living is a residential community, we encourage loved ones to visit our residents at a time that’s convenient for them. However, we do ask that you be respectful of our older residents and keep noise at a minimum if visiting late at night or early in the morning.
Get in touch
Do you have a question that we haven’t covered here? Please contact us with your query or to arrange a tour of Vista Living. Alternatively, if you’d simply like to chat through your options, we’d love to hear from you, too.