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What is Assisted Living? Celebrate Assisted Living in Virginia Beach

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September 12-18 is National Assisted Living Week, themed “Compassion, Community, Caring” in honor of all the hard work and perseverance that caregivers and residents have shown during the pandemic. At Harbourway at Atlantic Shores, we’re excited to celebrate the people and services that make assisted living meaningful to so many local seniors and their families. Keep reading to learn more about assisted living, and find out what sets our senior living community in Virginia Beach apart from the rest.

What Is Assisted Living?

The concept of assisted living first became commonly known about 50 years ago, to refer to a living situation that includes assistance with the activities of daily living. This may include help with personal care, such as bathing and grooming; medication reminders or monitoring; preparing and assisting with eating meals; and providing transportation and/or running errands. The idea is to provide help as needed so that individuals can remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.

What you may not know is how life-enriching assisted living communities in Virginia Beach have become. Along with exceptional personalized care, at Harbourway you’ll also enjoy award-winning dining, a calendar of social activities and events, and concierge service, as well as  a community library, vegetable garden and fitness center. Plus, ongoing activities are included in assisted living, from volunteering opportunities and social gatherings to creative classes and spiritual services. We also have a full-time wellness director who can customize a fulfilling program just for you, based on your preferences. It’s a neighborhood where people enjoy worry-free routines tailored to fit their schedules.

What Makes Harbourway at Atlantic Shores Different?

Of course, the offerings of any assisted living community don’t mean much without exceptional care by staff who feel more like family. This Assisted Living Week, we’ll be celebrating the outstanding resident programming and exceptional level of personal attention delivered by Harbourway that won the Bronze National Quality Award

According to Harbourway Administrator Elizabeth Dammeyer, previously recognized as Assisted Living Administrator of the Year for her leadership at Atlantic Shores, “Our staff and management live the mission to kindly care for each person: mind, body and spirit, while always remaining humbled by the opportunity to serve others. All members of our team are passionately dedicated to being ‘On-Board, On-Stage, and On-Fire’ in personally caring for each resident.” 

What is the Cost of Assisted Living?

  • While the cost of assisted living varies by community and by what services and amenities are included, there are some important things to keep in mind about how assisted living works financially. Consider the following financial options when looking at senior living communities in Virginia Beach:
  • Depending on your plan, your long-term care insurance may cover a portion of the cost of assisted living.
  • Life insurance settlements can be converted into payments for long-term care.
  • For eligible wartime veterans (and their spouses), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers an Aid and Attendance benefit to help cover the cost of assisted living.
  • While Medicare does NOT cover the cost of living in an assisted living community, most states offer a Medicaid program that can help cover at least a portion of the cost. 

The most important thing to know about financial assistance is that residents of assisted living communities can use multiple sources to cover the cost of their expenses.  

There are many ways to celebrate National Assisted Living Week, such as visiting a loved one, sending cards or letters to those who live far away, or taking a tour of local assisted living community in Virginia Beach to learn more about long-term care. Schedule a visit with Harbourway at Atlantic Shores, and you and your loved ones can participate in one of our award-winning resident programs! To ensure you see a familiar face when you stop by, get to know our team here and find out why Atlantic Shores is such an exceptional senior living community in Virginia Beach.