Answers to the most frequently asked questions about senior living.
As you begin exploring senior living options, you’re bound to encounter a number of words, phrases and ideas you may not have seen before. That’s perfectly normal. We invite you to ask questions, seek guidance and raise your hand. After all, this is a big decision, and our job is to help you get it right for you and your family.
If you don’t see your question below or need more clarification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Questions about independent living.
What is an independent living community?
An independent living community is the perfect place for active seniors who are able to enjoy an active life and want the total freedom of a carefree retirement lifestyle. Home maintenance and yard work become a thing of the past, and the community provides a wide range of services and amenities—including dining, a full calendar of social opportunities and entertainment, transportation, cleaning, health and wellness activities, security, and more–so residents can truly live the lives they want to live. Check out our guide to moving into independent living on our blog!
What’s it like to move into a life plan community?
When you move into your residence at a life plan community, you’ll receive a variety of services such as dining, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, maintenance and security, and have access to a whole array of incredible amenities and social, wellness and educational activities. You’ll live independently and enjoy the lifestyle you create for yourself. But the unique benefit of a life plan community is the access to a continuum of care right on the same campus if and when it’s needed. For instance, Freedom Village provides a full range of care, including assisted living, memory care, short-term rehab, and long-term care. Transitioning among these levels of care is simple and seamless, and you’ll always have the peace of mind knowing that you’ll be receiving care surrounded by friends and staff who know you. Read more about why you should choose a life plan community on our blog.
How much does it cost to live in a retirement community?
Is Freedom Village a pet-friendly senior living community?
Freedom Village in Holland, Michigan is a pet-friendly senior living community! Learn how to prepare pets for the move into senior living on our blog.
What does the monthly service fee cover?
Your monthly fee covers home maintenance and property taxes, utilities, your dining plan, fitness membership, a beautifully maintained campus, and dozens of other services and amenities.
Why do I need Lifecare?
Our Life Care contract offers a way to pay for long-term care expenses that makes them more predictable — saving you tens of thousands of dollars over other long-term care options. When you consider that the Department of Health and Human Services says 7 out of 10 adults will need long-term care at some point, for an average of 3 years, Life Care can be a financial lifesaver!
Answers to help you better understand assisted living.
What type of help is typically provided for residents in assisted living?
In an assisted living community, residents get help with some of the basic activities of daily living. These often include assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management and personal maintenance. The specific assistance provided in an assisted living facility is determined by a personal services assessment in order to understand needs. The goal of assisted living is to allow residents to enjoy their lives with just the right help while living as independently as possible. Read about the level of care provided in assisted living compared to home care, or how to pay for assisted living on our blog.
What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?
Assisted living gives you the helping hand you need to keep active, stay engaged, and pursue your passions. You’ll live in a beautifully appointed apartment home and receive assistance with the basic activities of daily living, tailored to your specific needs, such as help with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management, and personal maintenance. Nursing homes, on the other hand, are for those with chronic medical conditions or disabilities, or those in chronic pain, who require round-the-clock care and supervision by licensed skilled nursing professionals. Read more about the differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities on our blog.
When is long-term care needed?
Sometimes the need for additional care is obvious. There may be a noticeable change in a person’s ability to manage the activities of daily living such as dressing and walking. They may develop balance issues that put them at risk of a fall. They may have increasing medical needs that are clearly beyond what a caregiver can provide. Other changes are more subtle, and conditions such as memory or weight loss can happen gradually. Often, it’s hard for a caregiver to tell whether their loved one’s symptoms are part of normal aging or a sign of something more serious. Learn more about the signs your loved one might need long-term care on our blog.
Defining memory care and its benefits.
What is the benefit of memory care vs. in-home care?
Memory care at Freedom Village provides a specially designed, whole-person approach to Alzheimer’s care and dementia care. Residents live in a warm and friendly, family-like community with the safety of 24-hour onsite security and the compassionate care of highly trained personnel who implement proven memory care programs that encourage and celebrate remaining abilities. It would be virtually impossible to duplicate this level of round-the-clock safety, sense of community and socialization, and specific expertise in Alzheimer’s care by using an in-home care service. At our memory care facility, decorate your memory care room the way you want. Learn more about memory care decorating ideas on our blog.
What types of activities are designed to engage residents with dementia or memory problems?
The most effective activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are highly structured activities and routines that help maintain abilities and encourage the use of current skills. Programs such as discussion groups to promote mental agility and physical exercise such as dancing can be powerful in providing enjoyable and meaningful experiences. Ultimately all activities should provide memory care residents with a sense of purpose and a feeling of security. Read more about the benefits of certain activities for people with dementia.
Assisted Living vs. Memory Care. What’s the difference?
While both assisted living and memory care provide assistance with the activities of daily living, such as help with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management, and personal maintenance, memory care at Freedom Village offers a specific type of compassionate care that is specially designed for those with memory impairment. Each member of our memory care team is trained in the specialized skills needed to provide excellent Alzheimer’s care and dementia care. After initial training, they then participate in continuing education courses to remain current in best practices.
Exploring skilled nursing.
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing within a senior living community provides 24-hour licensed nursing care. This area within a community primarily provides long-term care or rehabilitative therapies for patients and residents who need medical or nursing care and is ideal for those with chronic medical conditions or disabilities, or those in chronic pain, who require round-the-clock care and supervision by licensed skilled nursing professionals.
Is a skilled nursing area of a senior living community like a hospital?
The skilled nursing area of a senior living community is not like a hospital. Many patients and residents utilize this area of care after a hospital stay. While this area of the community does provide advanced levels of on-going long-term care as well as short-term rehabilitative services, the suites and spaces are designed to be warm and comfortable and reflect a home-like environment.
General Community Questions.
How do I join the waitlist?
We have a waiting list on select apartment homes. There is an application to complete and a deposit. For more information on the application please contact us here.
Do you have clubs and organizations?
How close are you to an airport?
We are 13 minutes away from West Michigan Regional Airport.
Do you have transportation?
Yes, we provide Regularly scheduled transportation for all of our residents for personal and medical appointments.
Will I have access to a library?
Yes, there is a beautiful library right here at the community.
How does the meal plan work?
An innovative dining program is included in your monthly service fee. Enjoy a variety of fresh, healthy, chef-prepared dishes in our formal dining room. Our chefs and culinary teams use fresh seasonal ingredients for every meal, and menus change regularly so there’s always something exciting for you to try.
What are nearby places of worship?
Holland is known as the “City of churches” with 170 churches in the greater Holland area. Many of these churches are within walking distance of the community. Freedom Village also has a non-denominal vesper service every Sunday afternoon.