1. What is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living provides services and amenities such as full-service dining, housekeeping, transportation, 24-hour staff in addition to variety of social opportunities. Both our assisted living and memory care communities also provide discreet assistance with daily tasks such as medication reminders, bathing, incontinence care, dressing and assistance with getting to and from meals, activities and events.
2. How is Assisted Living different from a nursing home?
A nursing home facility is more of a clinical setting that is licensed to provide medical, post acute, 24-hour nursing, and rehabilitative care for complex medical needs.
3. How do I know if Assisted Living is right for me?
Brookside has licensed nursing staff who perform a comprehensive assessment in order to determine if we are the right fit for you. With this assessment completed, this will help us create an individualized plan for providing appropriate care. Having this opportunity to get to know each other is the best way to make this important decision.
4. How much does it cost to live at Brookside Place Assisted Living?
Our community offers private-pay rental apartments. The lease is on a month-to-month basis. Residents pay a single monthly rental rate which includes dining, housekeeping and linen services, events and activities, apartment and community maintenance and scheduled transportation. In addition, the needs assessment conducted prior to move in, will then help us to determine any additional monthly charges based on the type of services needed along with the time required to provide them.
5. I am a veteran. Are there any programs that can assist me in this transition?
Yes! The VA administers two disability programs, Compensation and Pension. Both programs have additional special monthly benefits that can assist eligible Veterans or their Surviving Spouses with the cost of care in assisted living. In many cases, VA benefits can provide from 20-50% or even more of the costs of monthly care with tax-exempt awards. Brookside Place partners with the legal services of The Center for Elder Veterans Rights to help you understand your Veterans rights and secure these benefits. See our resource section for further information.
6. Does long-term care insurance cover any of the cost of Assisted Living?
Yes! Long term care insurance can protect personal assets and inheritance for the family, provide greater choice in the selection of long term care settings (nursing and assisted living facilities) and generally provide for financial security.
7. Is a security deposit required? Are there any other fees?
A security deposit is required. There is also a one-time community fee upon move in. Fees associated with pets may also apply.
8. May I bring my own furnishings to my new apartment?
Absolutely! This will be your new home and we want you to feel comfortable and enjoy your new surroundings. Our apartments are a blank canvas upon move in. Most residents bring their own furnishings, artwork and personal treasures to add their personal style and touch to their new home.
9. May I bring my pet with me when I move into Brookside Place?
We believe that pets are an important part of home and family and our community does welcome residents to keep pets in their apartment. All required vaccinations and licensing must be current. Size and temperament will be reviewed prior to move in. If you have a furry family member, please feel free to discuss this with our Director. Fees may apply.
10. Are payments for housing and services to Brookside Place tax deductible?
Possibly. You or the person paying for care, may be eligible for certain deductions on your federal tax return, depending on the type of services and the level of care you require. Assisted living residents receiving personal care services may qualify for the deduction. An adult child paying for their parents’ care may also qualify for the tax deduction, if the parent is a dependent. Ask your tax advisor to review.
11. What if I have a medical emergency?
All of our apartments are equipped with an emergency pull-cord alert system. Staff members are on-site 24 hours a day to respond and offer immediate assistance and to call for emergency services if needed.
12. Does Brookside Place provide short-term care?
Yes. Please schedule an appointment with our director to discuss and coordinate a short-term stay.
13. What are the visiting hours?
Brookside Place does not have set visiting hours. Our community is open to family members and friends 24 hours a day. Feel free to coordinate your visit directly with your loved one.
14. What kind of events and activities are offered?
Brookside Place offers a variety of robust events and activities. A calendar of activities and outings are created for each month and may include opportunities for learning, history, exercise, spirituality, games, outings and celebrations.
15. Is transportation provided?
Brookside Place is pleased to offer transportation for outings such as shopping, community events, and site seeing. Please see front desk for schedule of trips.
16. May guests join me for a meal?
Yes, we are happy to have guests eat with you at any time.
17. Is smoking allowed at Brookside Place?
We are sensitive to the health needs of our residents and staff. We offer designated smoking areas outside our community.
18. Is there a beauty salon or barbershop on site?
Yes. Professional services are available. Weekly hours of services are posted and appointments can be made directly with the beautician.