- How is Assisted Retirement Living different from traditional retirement
Traditional independent living retirement communities were developed to
give their residents maximum independence and minimal maintenance. Retirement
living is often a mixture of the best of condominium and hotel living.
The secure, comfortable living quarters and grounds are maintained by the
community. Dining services, transportation and other personal services
are also often included in the price package.
LIVING communities provide residents
assistance with their personal daily living tasks such as dressing, bathing,
walking and medication. Our residents may also require personal assistance
due to impaired vision or hearing, arthritis or injury, and medical conditions
created, for example, by heart problems or memory problems. Our
residents still have access to the best of retirement living, but they
receive help and support in the areas that they can no longer adequately
provide for themselves.
- When should Assisted Retirement Living be considered?
answer is when the individual requires assistance with their personal
living tasks such as bathing, dressing, or medications. The
person requiring assistance is often living home alone or with family. Or,
their Retirement Community does not provide Assisted Living and they must
consider moving. It’s difficult to leave your home but these
issues are usually resolved when the resident personally experiences the
caring, loving support provided by the Regency residents and staff. At
the Regency many of our residents are able to live independently but choose
the community setting for social activities and security. If their
health needs change they are already home where we can provide
personal care and assistance.
- What type of assistance is available in Assisted Retirement Living?
is available for personal care such as bathing, dressing, medication
dispensing, and mobility. Additional assistance may be required
for reading or writing, oxygen and wheelchair transport, incontinence
- What type of independence or freedom does Assisted Retirement Living
offer the resident?
Most residents discover that they actually
gain more independence and freedom after moving to an Assisted Living
Community. They find that
they are less isolated. Now they have friends and staff close at
hand. No more time is spent being concerned about meal preparation
and housekeeping. Now there’s time for personal interest and
activities or relaxation. Transportation is generally available for doctor’s
appointments, shopping and outside activities. Residents are often
less anxious when they don’t have to impose on a family member or
friend for transportation. An Assisted Living Community can’t
replace the love and memories a resident has for their home and family. But,
gains in personal independence and freedom help diminish the feeling of
separation and loss. Many residents confide some gratitude in the
fact that they now have access to great care. They miss their old
home, but there’s often greater security and support in their new
home. Within their capabilities, the resident can decide how independent
they want to be.
- What are some of the familiar living surroundings that can be retained
as part of the residents’ living environment?
personalize their studio apartment with furniture, paintings, family
photos and accessories from home. Their personal living environment
remains very familiar. Our Marketing Director can provide a floor
plan of the apartment and will be happy to visit the resident’s home
to help with the plans.
- What does the future hold for residents living in Assisted Retirement
Residents well into their 90’s are living
good lives in Assisted Retirement Communities. The assisted lifestyle
is a wonderful alternative to nursing home living. As long as
a resident does not have a doctor’s
order requiring 24 hour nursing care, Assisted Living services should be
quite adequate to meet all resident needs. Some residents ultimately
may need nursing care. If this is the case our Assisted Living Community
will be able to help with your decision.
- What is the cost of Assisted Living?
At Regency of El Paso the pricing structure is fairly simple. Our Prices range
from $2,200 to $2,800 depending on the efficiency apartment Floor Plan the
resident chooses. For those who need additional care or services Bartlett
Services are available for Incontinence Care, Hospice Support Care and an Enhanced Care
Program. Short-term residents are also welcome for respite care. Daily
rates are as low as $85 per day for a furnished apartment.
- Are Assisted Living Communities licensed by the government?
retirement centers are licensed and inspected by the state government. In
Texas this is outlined in the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 247. The
Regency operates under the T.D.A.D.S.
- How can I determine the quality of assistance at a community?
best way to learn is to ask current residents how they like “their
home.” Don’t be surprised by their candor. Families
often refer friends to an Assisted Living Community where their loved one
has lived. Also, determine the ratio of residents to staff. Regency
provides this information in their Assisted Living Disclosure Statement
that is given to anyone who tours our community. Although a licensed
nurse is not required by law to be on staff, at The Regency our Nurse Manager
is on call 24/7. Medication techs, personal care aids and other
community support staff provide the required assistance to our residents.
- Who can I talk to if I have other questions about Assisted Retirement
Texas Department of Human Services, Long Term Care Regulatory
Information Unit Section, Mail Code Y 976
P. O Box 149030
Austin, TX 78714-9030
Area Agency on Aging (Rio Grande Council of Governments) in El Paso (915)
Our Marketing Director, Judy Phelan O’Connor, welcomes your
Please call (915) 584-8438 or stop by and see us.