To make the best decision about assisted living in Marietta, Georgia, it’s essential that you first understand what assisted living is and isn’t, and what that means for your loved one. There are quite a few residential and care options available for older adults, and understanding their similarities and differences can help you make the best decision for your senior loved one.
The simplest definition of assisted living can be summed up as a residence for older adults and those with extra needs that provides various levels of nursing care, plus assistance with meals and housekeeping. Assisted living communities in Marietta, Georgia and beyond (including us here at Winnwood Retirement Community, of course!) also offer a range of socialization, activities, amenities, and even outings, providing a rich and full life for residents (and peace of mind for their loved ones).
Although there are various types of housing and care available for seniors who need extra help with medical or other areas, many families don’t fully understand senior living options for those older adults who are simply looking to lessen the burden of home ownership. Independent living (including here at Winnwood Retirement Community!) provides comfortable, modern housing without the stresses and bills of home ownership (forget about cutting the lawn or remembering to pay the electric bill). Independent living communities typically take care of things like maintenance, housekeeping, and landscaping, and even transportation and activities. They can provide a well-rounded, stress-free life for more active seniors.
Long-term care/nursing homes
Nursing homes or long-term care facilities offer 24/7/365 care for seniors and others who have serious medical needs and can no longer live or care for themselves independently. Trained medical professionals provide ongoing care to meet the needs of nursing home residents, specialized assistance is often provided to offer some safe activities to care for the emotional and mental wellbeing of patients.
In-home care, also known as simply “home care” provides various levels of care to seniors and those with special needs, in their current homes. A nurse, nursing assistant, or professional caregiver visits multiple seniors and homes per day, stopping for a time to help their clients. Services can range from personal care services, to some medical needs, and can also include specialized medical care. The specific options and opportunities available can vary widely from city to city or provider to provider.
For those seniors who have more substantial needs, or who simply want the benefit of an always-there caregiver, live-in care provides essentially the same services in in-home care; however, the provider lives at your loved one’s home most of the time (or depending on your specific needs, 24/7/365).
For those with more advanced medical needs, specialized care is often available for illnesses like dementia/Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Hospice care could also fall into this category. These types of care are more appropriate for older adults with much sophisticated, hands-on needs.
Who is a fit for assisted living?
Being close to your older loved ones provides you with some important insight into the needs and wants of the seniors in your life. In many cases, though, our loved ones try to “spare” us by keeping stressors and issues to themselves. Of course, many savvy family caregivers and loved ones are able to pick up on these issues. Considering all of these scenarios, though, here are some of the situations and criteria we most often see in residents as a fit for assisted living:
They’re tired of maintaining a house
Let’s be honest - owning a home is HARD WORK. The lawn seemingly always needs to be mowed, the sink gets clogged, lightbulbs need to be changed...it is draining.
And here’s the thing: When you get older, you deserve a break! Our parents and loved ones cared for us for YEARS. They worked hard, and frankly, they deserve to have someone take care of them now.
They have some medical needs
We have more medical needs as we get older, it’s a fact of life. Actually, 85% of seniors have taken a prescription medication in the past five years. Our assisted living residents in Marietta, Georgia have varying levels of medical needs, from needing some help with medication management to grooming or incontinence assistance. While they don’t need round-the-clock or more intensive, specialized care, assisted living residents do have some needs, and we are happy to assist them!
They want to have more fun
Between taking care of the house, buying groceries, cooking meals, and heading to doctor’s appointments, your loved one is probably exhausted! We hear from so many residents who just wanted to ENJOY their older years. They wanted to socialize more, play games, get pampered -- and who can blame them?
Assisted living communities in Marietta, Georgia (yes, just like Winnwood Retirement Community!) offer a range of activities and amenities that enhance life for residents. They remove the burdens of home ownership and provide ample opportunity to indulge a current hobby, start a new one, meet new friends or spend time with old ones. The possibilities are endless! And in assisted living, your loved one will have the time and freedom to pursue them all.
Types of assisted living
We’ve outlined the types of care available to seniors, but to help better paint a picture of the assisted living options available to you and your loved ones in Marietta, Georgia, let’s take a closer look at the types of assisted living available.
Most assisted living communities, including here at Winnwood Retirement Community, offer different levels of assistance based on the specific needs of your loved one. These levels of assisted living care will vary from community to community in Marietta and beyond, so to help illuminate the levels of assisted living available to your loved one, we’re going to walk through what we offer here at Winnwood. Together with our trained staff and your loved one’s doctor, we’ll help you make the best assisted living decision for your family.
Tier 1 is often a great fit for seniors who are active and independent, but need some help with medication management.
If your loved one needs some gentle reminders to stay on top of grooming, bathing, dressing, and meals in addition to medication management, tier 2 assisted living may be a good fit.
For those who may not just need reminders, but stand-by assistance with grooming, bathing, dressing and toileting, in addition to medication management, tier 3 assisted living is available.
Sometimes our loved ones need extra help to stay on track. In these instances, tier 4 assisted living at Winnwood Retirement Community provides medication management, plus physical assistance with grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting, and a member of our team will personally escort your loved one to meals.
Our highest level of assisted living provides extra help for your loved one to stay happy, healthy and independent. In addition to medication management and active assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting, plus a personal escort to meals, tier 5 offers assistance with incontinence to provide extra peace of mind.
What’s it like to be in assisted living?
It can be difficult to picture life once your loved one is moved into assisted living in Marietta, Georgia. Of course, the easiest way to experience assisted living is to visit a community (we’d love to have you stop by for a tour!). But, let’s help paint the picture a bit. In fact, since we’ve already walked through much of what daily life in assisted living entails, let’s envision a “typical” day in assisted living for a resident here in Marietta. Your loved one’s goals, favorite activities, and needs are unique, so let’s just pretend for a bit :)
Up in the morning
Meals at Winnwood are nutritionally sound and of course, tasty, but we also aim to make them a true social event! After your loved one wakes up, they can either have a quick breakfast in their residence, or head down for breakfast with friends and neighbors. They may want to go for a morning stroll outside on one of our walking trails to stretch and limber up for the day. Or perhaps they want to head into our fitness center to work up a sweat. Of course, your loved one takes their medicine on time with a reminder from our team, so you don’t have to worry! Your loved one’s time is theirs -- there’s no schedule. It’s time to relax, have fun, and do whatever suits their fancy!
Today, your loved one decides to catch a late-morning movie after breakfast and exercise. Before lunch, they decide to join a crafting class to try out something new, and actually make a gift (for you!).
Enjoy an easy afternoon
After a busy morning, it’s time for a delicious lunch. Our menu offerings always include at least two main courses, plus several side options and our gorgeous (and delicious) salad bar.
The afternoon brings some R&R -- and some pampering! Your loved one stops at our on-site salon, then relaxes by the piano for some music while reading a good book from one of the libraries. After a cup of coffee with a friend in one of our lounges, your loved one takes an afternoon nap before dinner.
Take on the evening
Revived and refreshed, your loved one heads down for dinner with friends and neighbors. They talk about their day, make plans to watch their favorite show together later, and talk about tomorrow’s trip to the aquarium.
After their show and time with friends, they FaceTime you for a chat and to see the grandkids. Then, it’s off to bed and time for another day.
Honestly, we’d all sign up for that, wouldn’t we?! :)
How much does assisted living cost?
The cost of assisted living in Marietta, Georgia is a factor for many families, and can play a considerable role in the decisions you make for your loved one. Before we dig into the costs specific to assisted living, it’s important to think about the current costs for your loved one specifically, and for your family, for ensuring the care and wellbeing of your loved one. Oftentimes, the actual costs of staying at home are significantly more than what we account for in, say, a monthly budget.
Total costs of living at home can include:
- Homeowners/renter’s insurance
- Property taxes
- Utilities (electric, gas, water, etc.)
- Home maintenance, appliances, repairs, etc.
- Car payment/gas
- Car insurance
- Homeowner’s association fees
- Lawn service
- Costs for hobbies like golf, movies, etc.
And more - every situation is unique. We’ve found, though, that this list covers a vast majority of expenses for many of our residents here in Marietta. Most importantly, though, many of our residents have found that they actually save money by moving into assisted living! Still many others nearly “break-even,” and that’s not counting the reduction in stress and saved time no longer needed to haggle on the phone with lawn cutting services, trudging to the grocery store, cooking meals, and more. Assisted living apartments here at Winnwood start at around $3,900 per month, although there are quite a few options available to suit your living preferences.