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Frequently Asked Questions All About The Gardens Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care

What type of care does The Gardens offer?

We provide an active independent lifestyle with our independent living condominiums and apartments. We also offer long-term and short-term assisted living, as well as memory care for residents with most stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We have a well-trained team of professionals dedicated to serving all the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our residents. Our goal is to provide a stimulating environment where residents get to know each other and our team by name.

What makes The Gardens unique?

We have deep roots in the Springfield community. As the largest community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care in the area, we have developed strong ties with the local medical community. Additionally, our parent company, Bethesda Senior Living, is committed to long-term relationships with our team members, families, and residents. While some companies view their facilities as profit-making investments that may be bought and sold when convenient, we are a small, not-for-profit community, meaning our investment is in our residents—now and in the future.

When is assisted living appropriate?

Assisted living becomes appropriate when an otherwise active senior begins having a little trouble getting proper nutrition, maintaining the household or personal care routines, or remembering to take medications. We are staffed 24 hours a day with licensed nurses, medication aides and friendly support team. Together, we ensure our assisted living residents have the help they need when they need it. We provide our residents with maximum privacy and autonomy in an attentive and caring environment.

What is the difference between independent living and assisted living?

Independent living offers active seniors a maintenance-free lifestyle with access to our beautiful grounds and common areas, housekeeping and laundry services, and a vibrant social life. Independent living is ideal for residents who have no medical issues that require daily assistance or monitoring—and thus maintain an independent life in their private apartment. As needs progress, residents may transition to assisted living where around-the-clock care is available. In assisted living, we can help with activities of daily living such as: dressing, bathing, medication management, and more.

Why not a nursing home?

Nursing homes are not the catch-all solution they once were considered to be, primarily because most people do not want to be in one. Nursing homes are designed to provide patients with ongoing, intensive medical and nursing services. And to do this well they must be both intrusive and pricey. For seniors whose health has deteriorated to the point where acute medical intervention is required regularly, the cost and restrictive living environment of a nursing home begins to make sense. But there’s a huge stretch of road between retirement and the nursing home. Our residents enjoy active, productive lives with just the right amount of support 24 hours a day. They can discover their independence, their tastes, their hobbies and their worth, while getting the support they need when they need it.

Does The Gardens work with someone with dementia (or Alzheimer's disease)?

Yes. Seniors in the beginning stages of dementia may be most comfortable in our assisted living community. Those with more advanced needs may find our memory care community a better option. Our memory care community provides the most intensive care and supervision, as well as specialized activities to engage our residents’ minds. We offer both private and semi-private apartments in a 24-hour secure environment. Our compassionate staff works with each resident and family to create an environment where residents can succeed and thrive while maintaining as much familiarity as possible.

My mom lives alone. How will she adjust if we choose a Companion Suite?

Our Companion Apartments offer unbeatable value, providing an affordable option for high-quality care and the opportunity for isolated older adults to experience the benefits of social, physical, and health connections our community offers. Studies show that older adults who move from an isolated home environment to a community setting experience even greater health benefits from the daily social interaction than with just adding regular medication management and nutrition at home. In particular, for residents with memory loss, studies show that social interaction supports maintaining cognitive function, language skills, and a healthy routine.

Do you charge a flat fee or are there hidden costs and extra fees?

We offer a variety of resources and financial options to help assist seniors and their families to be able to afford the retirement lifestyle that meets their expectations. Our fees are easy to understand, and never hidden. Independent living condominiums are a flat-rate monthly fee that includes utilities (except cable, phone and internet), as well as access to our social and wellness programs. The independent and assisted living apartment monthly fees include: restaurant-style dining, laundry and maintenance, activities and wellness programs, and some transportation. We also proudly offer a flat fee for our memory care apartments. Finally, we do not charge additional level of care fees for our assisted living or memory care communities.

Do you allow pets?

It wouldn’t be home without your furry, finned or feathered friend. We encourage residents to bring their faithful companions, and we offer referrals for services such as dog walking.

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Call us at (866) 406-5081 or schedule a tour of The Gardens Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care in Springfield, MO.