INDEPENDENT LIVING…In Independent Living Communities people generally 55 and older are able to live safely with peers in an apartment type complex. Residents may bring in medical help as needed, but independent living buildings do not provide medical assistance.

MYTH: It’s depressing and institutional. FACT: People are so busy with activities and social contacts they seldom stay in their rooms. Book Clubs, Bridge groups, pool tournaments, melodramas, puzzle rooms, computer centers and fitness centers are many of the few amenities available, many at no cost. Residents have the opportunity to travel and do not need to worry about who’s taking care of the house. Apartment is cleaned; mail is taken care of, and someone is watching the home place. MYTH: Independence is actually lost. FACT: Residents are more independent, as they are freed of household chores, many living expenses such as utilities and property taxes. If they don’t care to drive, transportation is available. MYTH: Social events are not able to be held FACT: Residents are encouraged to invite families and friends for events. In fact, they can reserve space in their communities for their own parties and celebrations.

FACT: Bridge to Better Living® knows where there are available apartments. What’s even better is Bridge to Better Living®, after visiting with you, has a very good assessment of which community is not only a good “fit”, but is also financially appropriate.

ASSISTED LIVING… is regulated by the state, has medical staff 24 hours a day, and is prescribed by a physician. A nurse must be available at all times and three meals are provided each day by law.

MYTH: Residents are unable to care for themselves. FACT: Residents, their families, and physicians select the approach to each need. Staff follows those directions but does not manage the care. If the resident doesn’t feel well, they or their family are able to choose which approach to take. Residents are free to come and go, some still driving. Assistance with at least two activities of daily living is required, as well as a physician order. Residents are encouraged to do as much as they are able. MYTH: There are fewer social activities. FACT: Residents are more engaged. Programs such as fitness (even fitness rooms and trainers), cards, music, crafts, and book and bible studies are offered. Weekly trips to parks, recreational areas, and sporting events are common. MYTH: Residents lose what little independence they have. FACT: Residents have a voice. They are safe in both the skills they have lost, and the skills they have retained.

FACT: Bridge to Better Living® knows where there are available rooms in Assisted Livings. They also know the cost of various Levels of Care in Assisted Living Communities. After Bridge to Better Living® visits with you, they are able to assess which community is not only a good “fit”, but where your needs can best be addressed.

LONG TERM CARE: Here skilled medical care, including therapies, is provided. A nurse is in the facility around the clock. Many residents come to receive rehabilitation or post-surgical care and return home when they are able.

MYTH: Long Term Care facilities are institutional. FACT: Mental stimulation, activities, and social events are offered in skilled care. It is still a community. MYTH: Residents have no rights. FACT: Residents are protected under the law, both state and federal. Both the resident and their family have a right to be involved in decisions. However cares are directed by the physician. MYTH: Care is inadequate. FACT: Skilled Care Facilities undergo internal quality assurance checks and are accountable to both State and Federal Government regulatory agencies.

FACT: Bridge to Better Living® understands an older person cannot be typecast. Each is different in their emotional, physical, social, and financial status. They listen and they research.

FACT: Be prepared by being proactive. Enlist the help of a non-biased professional who understands not only community resources, but the need to be ready with Plan ‘A’ before the need arises. Call Bridge to Better Living®, where there is NO CHARGE TO THE CLIENT.

If the conversation is started and plans are in place, you can be one step ahead with each ‘challenge’ life brings….now, start the coffee. Pick up the phone. Call Bridge to Better Living®. 402.802.3301. We’d be glad to have a cup with you!