What is assisted living?
Assisted living is a long-term care option for seniors who need a level of assistance higher than that of a retirement community, but not as extensive as a skilled nursing home, rehab or hospital. Assisted living offers seniors the help they need with the tasks of daily living, a residential community that supports and encourages their independence, and opportunities to live a full and engaging life.
Who lives in assisted living residences?
More than a million Americans live in assisted living residences, although we have no age restrictions at Golden Pond.
How are Golden Pond’s assisted living suites furnished?
All rooms at Golden Pond come pre-furnished with wall-to-wall carpeting. A basic respite furniture package includes a twin bed mattress with frame and headboard, nightstand and a shared dresser (in a semi private room). Residents may choose to provide their own furniture that reflects their specific taste and style. Personal mementos and pictures are encouraged in either private or semi-private rooms to personalize their area and to make it “feel like home.”
What services and amenities are included in the monthly rate at Golden Pond?
- Regular check-in visits
- Three delicious, nutritious meals and snacks served daily in the community dining room
- Daily social, recreational and cultural activities
- Emergency call system in your bedroom and bathroom
- Weekly housekeeping service, including flat linen, if you choose this service
- Suites with carpeted bedrooms, tiled bathrooms and walk-in showers with seat and safety rails
- Individually adjustable heating and air conditioning
- Spacious, comfortable lounge areas with fireplaces
- A cozy library with books for borrowing
- An on-site chapel offering non-denominational religious services
- Scheduled transportation
If my health needs change while living at Golden Pond, will I automatically have to move into a skilled nursing facility?
Not necessarily. Some residents receive physical therapy, home health care and even hospice in their home at Golden Pond. Others leave for post-surgical rehabilitation and look forward to coming back home as quickly as possible.
What are typical costs?
As reported by the 2013 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the costs associated with assisted living in Massachusetts average $4,950 per month, or $59,400 yearly. That’s up 3.5% from 2008. Just as assisted living residences vary, so too do their costs, which depends mostly on the size of units, services offered, and location, according to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).
Many long-term care insurance policies offset some of the costs, however, reports NCAL, most assisted living expenses are covered by the family of residents, since most elders do not have such long-term coverage. Medicare does not cover assisted living, but under certain circumstances, some state and local governments offer subsidies for rent or service for income-eligible seniors, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). Supplement Security Income (SSI) may also help alleviate some of the cost, while some residences participate in Medicaid, grant programs, or other assistance.
Do I have to give notice if I decide to move out?
Yes, as detailed in our Resident Agreement, we require a 60-day notice.
Do I have to sign a lease?
Our community offers respite stays with short-term leases or longer lease options.
How important is it to find out about a community’s philosophy of care?
It should be an integral part of your decision-making process, urge experts at ALFA. When making a major life decision such as choosing an assisted living community, it’s important to be an informed consumer. Be sure that as a resident you’ll be afforded respect, privacy, the right to voice grievances should they arise, maintenance of your personal finances, and control over health care decisions. Additionally, inquire about internal regulations regarding pets, alcohol, smoking, and other quality of life issues, to see if they correspond with your personal preferences.
Is there a doctor or nurse on duty?
Most assisted living residences have a licensed nurse available as needed. Assisted living providers are not required to employ a full-time nurse, but Golden Pond has not only chosen to do so but employs four full-time nurses.
Do you have a house physician?
Can I live in assisted living if I need a wheelchair or walker to get around?
Yes. In fact, we encourage seniors who need assistance with ambulation to live with us at Golden Pond.
Can I have guests dine with me?
Yes, we encourage guests to come and dine with our residents whenever possible. If you have a guest who would like to dine with you, please inform administration within a reasonable period of time so we may accommodate your request. A moderate charge for guest meals can be paid just before the meal at our reception desk or added to the monthly bill.
How can I ensure that I make the right decision?
Choosing the right assisted living residence takes a lot of research and legwork on your part. It’s imperative to compare facilities in terms of unit availability, services offered, cost, and overall philosophy of care. Resources like the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs empower you to be proactive in requesting information and communicating directly with assisted living professionals. Upon hearing from an assisted living facility’s representative, set up tours at residences of interest, observe residents to get a sense of each facility’s atmosphere, and most important, be sure your individual needs will be met.