Frequently Asked Questions

Independent Living

When considering a move to an independent living community, one of the main concerns is generally cost. However, independent living communities provide numerous benefits that make it a valuable investment in yourself compared to living alone and paying for services individually. Many independent living communities offer a variety of services, such as transportation, housekeeping, meals, and maintenance that can be expensive and time-consuming to obtain on your own.

At Experience Senior Living, we offer three main types of communities: independent living, assisted living, and memory care, as well as short-term respite care. While the main difference between independent living and assisted living is the level of care provided, every community offers unique features and amenities tailored to the needs and preferences of each resident. 

The main differences between independent living and assisted living are the different levels of care and features in residential housing. Independent living homes are designed to provide older adults and seniors with a full kitchen, laundry machines, and more features you see in typical, everyday housing. This is because independent living residents are normally able to cook their own meals and take care of their daily needs without assistance. Assisted living apartments come with kitchenettes, as all meals are provided by our expert culinary team at each community. Most amenities and services are available to both independent living and assisted living residents.

Yes! One of the most common concerns that older adults and seniors have when moving to a community is whether their pets will be welcome. At Experience Senior Living, we’re proud to be pet-friendly and offer a range of amenities and services to cater to our furry friends. From dog walkers to pet grooming stations and pet therapy programs, we firmly believe that pets are a valuable part of our community.

Experience Senior Living is proud to offer some of the most pet-friendly senior living communities around, welcoming pets of all sizes into our communities as we know they are an essential part of our family. According to a survey by the American Heart Association, 95% of pet owners rely on their furry friends for stress relief. Pets help with easing anxiety, keeping us active, and provide other mental and physical health benefits. If you have any questions on your pet or one of our communities, contact us today or call our team at 970-441-8100.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a type of residential care that provides assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) for individuals who are unable to live independently but do not require the level of medical care provided in a nursing home or memory care community. Residents usually possess a level of mobility and do not require around-the-clock medical attention or 24-hour supervision. When the need for medical attention or assistance with daily activities increases to a certain level, our memory care communities may be a better fit for the resident’s current needs.

As seniors age, their needs for care and support can become more complex. This is where assisted living and memory care communities come into play. While both types of communities offer assistance with daily living tasks and healthcare, there are some key differences between them.

Memory care communities are smaller communities that have a higher care partner to resident ratio. In memory care, the team is able to spend more focused time with residents who may require more support to achieve greater levels of independence. Memory care partners focus on building relationships to promote resident success. 

Assisted living communities tend to focus more on providing engaging and exciting experiences for residents, while memory care communities still focus on creating social connections in an environment tailored to the unique needs of each individual, but offer Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia-specific activities designed for the unique cognitive needs of the residents. These programs are broken down into smaller, more manageable steps that allow all residents to succeed. 

Overall, the main difference between assisted living and memory care communities is the level of care and support provided. While assisted living communities offer more general support for seniors who need help with daily tasks, memory care communities specialize in helping those with memory loss. It’s important for families to carefully consider their loved one’s needs and preferences when choosing between these types of communities.

Assisted living and independent living are both types of residential options for adults and seniors, but they differ when it comes to the level of care, amenities, and home features. 

Assisted living is designed for seniors who require some assistance with tasks such as medication management, preparing meals, transportation, and bathing, while independent living is geared towards adults who don’t require hands-on assistance with these types of tasks. Independent living communities offer maintenance-free living just like assisted living does, but without the great amount of support from trained caregivers and nurses. In addition, independent living communities usually offer small homes or villas with full amenities, including kitchens, while assisted living communities may offer more limited amenities and have a greater focus on providing care, assistance, and activities to residents.

As our parents age, it’s natural to worry about their health and well-being. Eventually, there may come a time when you and your family need to consider assisted living options. If your parents are struggling with tasks such as bathing, dressing, or preparing meals, it may be time to consider assisted living. These tasks are essential for maintaining independence and quality of life, and if your parents are struggling, it could be a sign that they need more support.

As we age, our bodies become more susceptible to illness and injury. If your parents are experiencing chronic health issues, it may be time to consider assisted living. This can provide them with access to medical care and support to manage their conditions effectively.

Loneliness and social isolation can also have a significant impact on our mental and physical health. If your parents are spending most of their time alone, you may want to consider the option of assisted living. This could provide them with a caring community and opportunities to connect with others, which can greatly improve their overall well-being and happiness.

Yes, pets are allowed in every Experience Senior Living community. Pets are family and we truly understand that. That’s why we’re proud to be one of the most pet-friendly senior living communities around. Your furry best friend can come with you to assisted living, where they’ll enjoy plenty of green spaces, walks, and cuddles from our loving community. Join us today and experience a maintenance-free life for both you and your pet!

Memory Care

Yes! Experience Senior Living is extremely pet-friendly within all our levels of care. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology, having a pet is linked to decreased stress and lower blood pressure, which contributes to a sharper memory. Having a pet is also linked to a higher level of physical activity. Even if you don’t have a pet of your own, plenty of our communities have animal therapy for residents.

When looking at different senior living communities, you will want to understand what levels of care the community provides. Also, what level of training the staff receives is important to know before moving into a memory care community. Other questions to ask about are the types of rooms available, the level of personal assistance residence can expect, food and allergy accommodation, if the senior living community is pet friendly, and more.

Memory care communities tend to have a smaller neighborhood with higher care partner to resident ratio in a secured environment. Some memory care residents may need more help with daily life when compared to a resident in assisted living. Although memory care communities tend to those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, we believe that residents should experience the same high standards no matter where their apartment is located in the building. We focus on providing high quality resident experiences in dining, social opportunities, and care.