You have questions? We have answers.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at Atlantic Shores.
Independent Living FAQ
What is independent living?
Independent living is a term that describes a senior living lifestyle for retired adults who want the conveniences of community life without the burdens of homeownership. Seniors who are tired of home maintenance and repairs, yardwork and housekeeping can relax and focus on the things they would rather do. In our 55+ resort-inspired community, we offer all the comforts of home, as well as services, amenities and activities that bring socialization, learning and fun into each day. We offer chef-prepared meals in restaurant-style dining rooms. And for seniors whose families worry about their safety, we have security and health services staff on duty 24/7.
I’m active. Why should I move?
No one likes to talk about it, but with age, our health can change at any time. It’s wise to plan ahead for that possibility and make a decision about where to live while you’re in control. Moving in while you’re active and independent means you can enjoy all the perks our community offers without the burdens of traditional home ownership. If you or a loved one ever needs health care, you won’t have to move elsewhere as a full continuum of care is on campus, including emergency services 24/7. You’ll have peace of mind knowing everything is in place if you need it.
What do I do about my pet?
Bring your pet! We welcome dogs, cats and other animal companions according to our pet-friendly policy. After all, pets are family too!
Assisted Living FAQ
How do I know when assisted living is needed?
In general, it’s best to check with your family doctor or other physician. When help with daily tasks is needed — taking a bath, getting dressed, using the bathroom, taking medication — assisted living services can be the answer. Our trained professionals provide the helping hand that preserves an individual’s independence.
What assisted living amenities and services do you provide?
You or your loved one will have access to the following services and amenities:
- Scheduled transportation
- 24-hour availability of trained staff
- Emergency call system in every apartment
- Blood sugar monitoring and testing services
- Mobility assistance (hands-on support) to and from dining room or activities
- Supervision or minimal physical assistance with showers
- Supervision or minimal physical assistance with personal hygiene, dressing/undressing, as needed
- Assistance with personal management of occasional incontinence
- Planned social, recreational and educational experiences
- Housekeeping twice weekly
- Laundering of bed and bath linens up to twice weekly
- Routine and emergency apartment maintenance
- Daily trash collection
- Free laundry machines on each floor
Additional services available for a fee:
- Beauty parlor/Barbershop
- Rehabilitation services (physical, occupational and speech therapy)
- Physician services
- Podiatry, dental and ophthalmology consultation
- Radiology services
- Laboratory services
- Call bell pendant
- Medical and incontinence supplies
- Special activity excursions
- Personal laundry service
- Personal hygiene items
- Valet service to appointments
- Catering for special occasions
- Guest meals
Memory Care FAQ
What activities are available at Harbourway?
Harbourway residents can enjoy planned activities of all kinds. There’s something for every interest:
- Cognitive — poetry readings, book clubs, current event discussions
- Creative — quilting, arts and crafts
- Physical — wellness and exercise classes
- Spiritual — Bible study, church services
- Reflective — contemplative activities
- Vocational — volunteering
- Outdoors — lunch, museums, shopping, entertainment
- Social — weekly happy hours and gatherings
How do you help families of memory care residents?
When someone is living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, it affects their whole family. Family members often care for their loved one in the early stages, but caregiving can become more challenging as the illness progresses. Our Marina Bay memory care neighborhood is designed to be safe and secure for all levels of cognitive decline. We provide, round-the-clock care that lifts the burden from family members. It restores the relationship they have with their loved one, with more opportunities to enjoy their time together.
What safety measures are in place in your memory care neighborhood?
Your loved one’s private suite is set in our safe and secure Marina Bay neighborhood. Rooms are equipped with an emergency call system and monitored 24 hours a day. Indoor spaces are specially designed to reduce confusion and wandering. Your loved one can safely enjoy the outdoors in our secure courtyard and gardens.
What can I expect from the memory care staff?
Our fully trained staff members get to know your loved one like family. They understand their life history, likes and dislikes, and when they prefer to do things. This nurturing relationship helps them improve daily interactions and gently redirect behaviors when needed.
Skilled Nursing FAQ
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing is expert professional care rendered around-the-clock. It’s provided by licensed nurses and therapists and can be short term to help with rehabilitation or recovery, or long term to treat a chronic illness.
When would someone need skilled nursing?
A person may need round-the-clock care after an illness, injury or surgery, but without hospitalization. They may also need a higher level of assistance with daily living tasks such as bathing, grooming and getting around. Some health conditions that could require skilled nursing include:
- Stroke or cardiac illness
- Congestive heart failure
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive decline
- Fractures or fall-related injuries
- Orthopedic surgery
- Other major illness or permanent disability
Will Medicare pay for skilled nursing?
Seaside Health Center is Medicare-certified. With a qualifying hospital stay and doctor’s confirmation, Medicare may help pay for some long-term care services under certain circumstances. However, there are specific rules about what services are covered and the kinds of benefits you will receive. Visit www.medicare.gov to know the facts about what may or may not be covered, and to stay current on changes.
What types of therapies are available?
Our therapists will personalize a plan for your needs to help you move better, reduce pain, restore muscular function and prevent future injury. Physical therapy may include strength and mobility training, muscle reeducation and therapeutic exercise. Occupational therapy focuses on fine motor skills and improves your ability to perform daily tasks such as buttoning a shirt or writing. Speech therapy addresses changes in communication, eating and swallowing skills.
What can I expect?
You will receive an individualized treatment plan based on medical certification by your doctor. We’ll care for you, guide your rehabilitation process, and work in partnership with you and your family members.
What happens when I’m ready to leave?
Before you’re discharged, we’ll review your treatment plan to determine if you’ll need in-home services or equipment. Atlantic Shores staff will be available to help with your transition home, providing therapy as needed. You may also visit Seaside Health Center to continue outpatient therapy.