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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about a Franklin Park® Senior Living community? We’ve provided answers below to a few common questions that residents and their families ask us!

What are the Financial Options for Paying for Senior Living in Metropolitan Areas of Texas?

We know everyone’s financial situation is different, but it’s important to consider all sources of income that can cover the costs of a senior living community. While the costs associated with senior care can seem overwhelming at first, taking the time to compare the costs of living in your own home (or with a loved one) versus a senior living community can help identify what type of community is within your budget. It’s always recommended to talk with a financial advisor who can help customize an approach that’s best for you and your family. Some financial resources to consider are private pay options (savings, etc.), real estate options, government options, and insurance options. It’s also beneficial to ask about tax credits for seniors and their caregivers.

Visit our blog for articles and information specific to finances and budgeting for senior living.

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What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living services provide hands-on assistance with activities of daily living from a licensed caregiver, typically offered at different levels and/or by a point system. All residents are assessed by a licensed nurse prior to moving in, which ensures that their current needs can be provided in accordance with the community’s state licensing and aids in developing a customized plan that meets their needs. Fees for assisted living care are typically added to the monthly base rate, which includes a variety of lifestyle-enhancing amenities. Assisted living is a type of service in the spectrum of healthcare-related services and often a stepping stone before moving to a skilled nursing or long term care facility.

At Franklin Park Senior Living communities, activities are designed to keep residents living as independently as possible. Through the delivery of care and engagement in activities to improve overall well-being, some residents are able to live in an assisted living community longer.

For more information on our assisted living services, we encourage you to contact a Franklin Park senior living community today.

How Much Does It Cost to Live in a Franklin Park® Senior Living Community?

Costs vary from community to community, depending on the type of apartment home and services a prospective resident needs. Franklin Park Senior Living offers a month-to-month rental of an apartment ranging in size from a studio to two-bedrooms. A variety of amenities are included in the monthly rent and costs for additional care, such as assisted living services, are determined through an assessment with the community and the resident’s physician.

In a monthly rental community, there is no buy-in fee or long-term lease, which can offer greater flexibility and peace of mind for older adults and their families. For more information on pricing and availability, please contact the appropriate Franklin Park® community.

What are Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)?

Assisted living care services are customized for each resident and provide hands-on assistance with common activities of daily living (ADLs), which can include:

  • Medication Management – Medications are stored, administered, and re-ordered by an Assisted Living director and staff.
  • Bathing – This can vary from stand-by assistance to ensure safety and balance to full assistance with washing/hygiene, drying, etc.
  • Dressing – Varies from stand-by assistance to ensure safety and balance to selecting appropriate clothing options andd physically assisting with dressing/undressing.
  • Grooming – May include assistance with brushing or combing of hair, shaving, brushing teeth, etc.
  • Toileting – May include stand-by assistance (transferring successfully on and off the toilet), reminders, assistance with incontinence products, hygiene after toileting, and infrequent accidents.
  • Transferring – May include stand-by or one-person assistance with moving from a bed or chair to walker or wheelchair and/or escorting to and from meals and activities.

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia?

It can be easy to use the terms ‘dementia’ and ‘Alzheimer’s’ interchangeably and think they mean the same thing, but, in fact, they are different. This underscores the need for continued awareness and education about the two.

Dementia is an overall term for a set of symptoms, including impaired thinking and memory. However, diseases other than Alzheimer’s can cause dementia. Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are common causes of dementia. Symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years.

Read our blog, 3 Common Types of Dementia, to learn more.

Alzheimer’s disease is a specific form of dementia and represents as many as 50% to 70% of all dementia cases. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include impaired thought, impaired speech, and confusion. This is a progressive disease that worsens over and, unfortunately, is non-reversible. For more information on caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, we invite you to contact a Franklin Park community.

Are Franklin Park® Communities Pet-Friendly?

Yes! We know the bond that is created between humans and animals, as well as the benefits animals can have on our health and wellness.

For the safety and comfort of residents, staff, and guests, there is a 40-pound weight limit for dogs, and leashes are always needed whenever dogs are outside. These rules also apply to any visiting pets, which we also welcome to visit us!

For more information, we encourage you to contact a Franklin Park community.

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