Services – Assisted Living Care – FAQs
Regulations concerning levels of care vary from state to state. If a resident needs more care than is being provided at the assisted living community, most Century Park communities have a nursing facility on the same property. If that level of care becomes necessary – either temporarily after a hospital stay, or on a long-term basis – residents of the community get priority placement. In addition, many communities offer on-site rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy.
All Century Park’s communities are available on a month-to-month lease, meaning residents have the opportunity to cancel or renew their lease each month. If another level of care becomes necessary, Century Park’s assisted living residents have priority placement in Life Care nursing facilities. Another option offered by some providers is the endowment or buy-in program where a large sum of money is paid up-front, and placement is guaranteed in appropriate facilities for the rest of the resident’s life with discounted fees.
Private funds and private insurance are the payment options available to those needing assisted living services. If an assisted living resident should need additional services such as rehabilitation or home care following an illness or surgery, Medicare, private insurance, managed care or HMO coverage may apply. Please refer to Medicare & Payment Options under rehabilitation services to learn more about payment options for therapy services. For home care payment options, please refer to Medicare & Payment Options under home care services.
All Century Park’s assisted living apartments are equipped with an emergency call system, which is monitored by on-site staff. Additionally, all facilities are equipped with smoke detectors and fire sprinkler systems.
Most Century Park assisted living centers offer studio apartments as well as one and two bedroom units. Most are unfurnished allowing residents to decorate as they please; however, some communities offer a few furnished units. At a minimum, all apartments include a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave oven.
The basic services offered at most Century Park assisted living communities are: assistance scheduling medical appointments; assistance with medication management; assistance with the activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming and walking; monthly blood pressure, weight and nutritional status checks; regular monitoring for general health and well-being; simple reminder service for scheduled meals, appointments and activities; daily and weekly housekeeping service; three restaurant-style meals served daily; complimentary tray service during temporary periods of illness; laundry service; transportation; safe, barrier-free private bathrooms; 24-hour emergency care available by certified caregivers; assistance to and from the dining room and activities; and outpatient therapy services.
While amenities vary from community to community, some basic amenities usually include: social, educational and recreational programs; a quiet library with plenty of room to read and work; a chapel; an activities and craft room; cable-ready television hookups; lounges with cozy fireplaces; a wellness center; an ice cream parlor; a gift shop; and an elegant dining room. Beauty and barber services are also available for a small fee.
Services – Assisted Living Care – Move-in Info
Century Park offers assisted living care in several areas across the country. We call our assisted living centers "The Bridge" because assisted living care is meant to serve as a bridge between retirement living and nursing care. Our Bridge facilities are freestanding buildings located on the same campuses of Life Care nursing centers; however, some of our assisted living units are located in separate wings of a nursing facility or in a section of a retirement community. While move-in procedures will vary from community to community, general move-in guidelines are listed below.
Most Century Park assisted living apartments are unfurnished, allowing each resident to express his or her individuality. Suggestions for furnishings include a bed, recliner chair, rocker, sofa or loveseat, bookshelf, table and chairs, knick-knack shelf, dresser, chest of drawers, wall hanging, radio, television, VCR, bedside stand and telephone. Personal items such as toiletries, bed linens, bedspreads, pillows, towels, washcloths and bath rugs are also needed. Please feel free to measure the new apartment when you make plans for placement of furniture and belongings.
Visiting hours are unlimited. The facility’s front lobby is usually open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Guests visiting after hours can ring the front door bell to obtain entrance into the building.
Meals are served in the community’s dining room, or they can be served in residents’ rooms. The private dining room is available for special occasions and can be reserved by contacting the receptionist. Guest meal tickets can be purchased from the receptionist as well.
Food items may be brought in and stored in residents’ apartments. Food should be stored in appropriate containers and should be labeled and dated.
Generally, smoking is not permitted inside the facility. Century Park is committed to providing a healthy environment for associates, residents, families and visitors. Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the building.
Outings, activities and special events are always encouraged. To ensure safety, all residents are asked to sign in and out of the facility at the reception desk.
Transportation is provided by Century Park’s assisted living communities for shopping, sightseeing, activities and medical appointments. Residents are encouraged to arrange for transportation in advance with the receptionist.
Enrichment opportunities are provided for residents every day. A calendar of activities is posted in the activity room and is available to each resident on a monthly basis.
Discharges require a 30-day notice. Adequate advanced notice will facilitate a satisfactory discharge. Rent is considered ongoing until all furniture is removed from an apartment.