Checklist For Selecting the Perfect Senior Living Facility in the Greater Houston Area

  There comes a time when we find ourselves asking where is the best long-term place for mom or dad. Sometimes it’s an official diagnosis like dementia or Alzheimer’s and other times it’s just noticing memory lapses coupled with the inability to care for themselves, their house, their bills, their finances, and a lack of desire to cook or even eat. Any of these reasons by themselves make looking at senior living homes worthwhile. After all, when it comes to your mom or dad or you’re elderly, you’ll want to find the best senior living facility you can find. In case you’re curious if you’ll find some great senior living options, there are approximately 28,900 assisted living communities with nearly 1 million licensed beds in the United States today. The average size of an assisted living community is 33 licensed beds. Every senior living facility in and around Houston will have its own personality, unique meal plans, floor plans, amenities, services, and activities. It’s important to find one that offers independence, dignity, choice and a loving environment where your loved one is proud to call his or her new address home. Prior to searching for senior living communities, ask your mom, dad or the senior you’re trying to place in their forever home a few questions so you can narrow your search further. These questions are designed to speed up your search because they help you identify whether your loved one needs additional care and assistance while acknowledging their location preferences and activities they most desire.

Questions to Ask to Form a Shortlist of Senior Living Facilities For your Mom or Dad

  • What are you expecting and what do you need from a senior living community?

This is where knowing your mom or dad’s personality comes in handy. Are they big on walking trails or gourmet food or playing cards or arts and crafts? Do they need to be close to a barbershop or a hair salon? Do they need to be close to favorite stores or restaurants?
  • Do you need assistance with any tasks like budgeting, dressing, getting in and out of the bathtub or shower or help with other personal care?

Only you and your parents know the answers to this question. Let the senior living community staff know if your elderly needs help in any area of daily living.
  • What’s your budget for a new place?

Discuss your loved one’s budget. If your loved one has champagne taste and a beer budget then you’ll want to consider the facilities he or she can afford unless you or other family members are pitching in. If your loved one has insurance, this might allow you to consider some more costly senior living homes.
  • Do you have long-term care insurance?

Long-term care insurance would certainly take the burden off the monthly cost.
  • Where would you like to live?

Some people are quite picky about which parts of town they want to live in. Discuss this with your parents to make sure he or she is comfortable with the facilities you’re considering,
  • What amenities and activities are a must-have?

It’s likely that your loved one is set on certain amenities over others. For instance, maybe he or she enjoys taking a hot bath every evening. Then you’ll want to look at senior living communities that have an available private room with an adjoining private bathroom. If your mom or dad likes music, walking, chess, painting and arts and crafts then you’ll want to inquire about those specific activities.
  • Are there any deal breakers you can think of that would prevent you from considering a prospective community? (e.g. fresh foods, gourmet meals, barber or hair salon, housekeeping services).

Discuss this question with your mom or dad and see if he or she has any deal-breakers that would exclude certain senior living communities. Sometimes meals, housekeeping service or being in close proximity to a barber or hair salon can mean the difference between considering a senior living facility and excluding it.

More Topics to Discuss to Narrow Your Search

  • Location, Location, Location

    Discuss your top location preferences with the senior you’re trying to place. There will obviously be some senior living facilities in more desirable neighborhoods and others that might be in less desirable neighborhoods. Share the locations of the facilities you find with your loved one to confirm you’re both on board with the neighborhoods you choose. Keep in mind that the senior living facilities you’re selecting on your shortlist should be easy to find using GPS when it comes to s and friends visiting your loved one. In case you haven’t started looking yet, a good way to find your ’s forever home is by going to the Internet and using a search engine like Google, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. Type in key phrases like “Senior Living Facilities near me” or “Independent Living Facilities near me” or “Assisted Living Facilities near me.” You can also type in any of the phrases mentioned earlier like “Memory Care Facilities near me” or whatever phrase makes sense along with a specific location instead of the “near me.”
  • Lifestyle and personality

    : It’s wise that you consider the lifestyle and personality of the senior you’re searching for. Would the senior you’re searching for prefer a large campus with lots of activities or would they opt for a smaller, more intimate community with a fair amount of activities? For instance, a shy person who only keeps in touch with a handful of friends might feel more comfortable in a more intimate setting.
  • Contact your top facilities

    . Search for senior living communities in and around your target location, and develop a shortlist of your top three. This means the location is optimal, the community size is ideal. The amenities and features are desirable. It also means you’ve considered the activities and the menu of the senior living facility. Understand that some communities might call themselves an independent Living facility while others might refer to Assisted Living facility. Some facilities will mention Memory Care and that’s typically for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Additionally, some facilities will serve all these communities: Senior Living, Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. At this point, you’ll want to rule out facilities that don’t meet your loved one’s criteria and end up with a shortlist of your top three most appealing facilities.

Questions to ask at your top senior living communities

  • What is your staff-to-resident ratio? 

It’s important to know your staff-to-resident ratio so you are sure your loved one will get the attention he or she needs. The last thing you want to learn is there’s 1 staff to 12 or 15 residents.
  • What type of training does your staff have?

You’ll be comforted to know all staff members have some college or training at a health care trade school.
  • Do you have a high employee turnover rate? 

This is key because if the staff has a low turnover rate then you can feel like the senior living facility you choose offers a stable, drama-free environment.
  • How many staff members are on the night shift?

Knowing how many staff are on the night shift puts you at ease because you don’t have to feel like your mom or dad will be ignored or overlooked.
  • How many staff members are on the day shift?

While there’s not any mandated resident-to-staff ratios, most states dictate most state there should be sufficient numbers of personnel, and that their qualifications and competencies should be in line with their ability to  provide services to meet resident needs and to provide healthy living and safety.
  • What are the types and sizes of units available?

Like residential houses, every senior living facility varies according to apartment sizes, amenities, floorplans, and other perks like gourmet meals, barbershops, salons, fitness centers, walking trails or tennis courts.
  • Are your apartments furnished or unfurnished? 

Most senior living facilities are furnished yet allow you to bring clothes, and personal items like toiletries, your phone, laptop, framed pictures and other small mementos. There are some that allow you to bring furniture but they are fewer in number. 
  • Do the units have kitchens or kitchenettes?

This question will only matter to those who like to cook and pride themselves on not only cooking but having a large enough kitchen to eat in the kitchen immediately after they have cooked another gourmet masterpiece.
  •  Tell me about your private rooms.

 It’s expected to inquire about the size of the room and whether private rooms or suites or cottages have attached bathrooms or if the bathroom is outside the bedroom.
  •  Tell me about your private bathrooms.

 This question is designed to learn whether the private bathrooms have a bathtub and a shower or just one of the other. If you’re winding down by taking a hot bath, and the facility you’re both considering has showers only then you’ll want to keep looking until you find all the amenities your mom or dad is accustomed to.
  •  Can you describe the units available for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s?

 Residents who have dementia or Alzheimer’s are often forgetful and do best when following a structured routine. So having an easy-to-follow floor plan, an easy facility layout, and a structured routine will be highly desirable and appreciated. For more in-depth information, visit our blog post on dementia and Alzheimers.
  • Do all residents have a written care plan, and who is tasked with creating these plans?

Find out who is tasked with writing a care plan for your mom or dad so you can give that staff member some information. It will be helpful to share certain things like if your mom or dad  requires a special diet or has to have certain medications each day or if he or she has a certain morning and bedtime routine or if certain interactions get on your ’s nerves. Share what activities are your ’s favorite, and which s and friends should be on his or her call list and which ones are also on his or her visitation list.    
  •  Is there a website, brochure or contract available that details all fees and services along with admission and discharge policies?

You’ll want to see all the fees all together so you can determine if your or you can afford his or her new digs.
  • Are additional services available if a resident learns he or she needs a higher level of care in another more structured living area?

This is where you want to be completely honest about your ’s health. If you’ve seen signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s then say so. The last thing you want to do is set up your loved ones for failure by pretending they’re capable of independent living when he or she is curled up on a couch with a blanket and can’t remember his or her roommate or joins an activity group and is the only one non-communicative, drooling and staring at the ceiling.  
  • What types of medical insurance do you take?

  Some facilities take Medicaid and Veterans Affairs Benefits but pass on Medicare or private, long-term health insurance.
  • What types of meals are cooked? Are there three healthy meals a day plus healthy snacks? Can you provide a menu?

Your loved one doesn’t have to be a “foodie” or a food critic to enjoy their favorite meals. You’ll both want to peruse the menu to make sure your loved one will enjoy rather than get turned off by mealtime.
  • Where does your community evacuate to when a hurricane, tropical storm or fire causes a mandated evacuation of the facility?

  This is critical to know in case there is an emergency evacuation due to foul weather, fire, or for some other unforeseen reason.
  • Tour your top facilities

    Call today and schedule an in-person tour. The best way to get a feel for the community is to visit and tour the community in person. You’re going to want to know the community is bright, clean and odor-free. Are the residents happy and is the staff responsive to the resident’s needs and requests? Does it look like a safe place to house your loved one? Do staff and residents interact in a meaningful way? Are the buildings and grounds well maintained? Is there a safe enclosed walking path for the residents to stay fit and not get lost? Compare amenities in available studios, apartments, suites or cottages and determine which ones best fit your loved one. 
 
  • Get a feel for each community

    Speak to as many staff and residents as you can to get their opinion of the community. It goes without saying that most senior living facilities will want you to speak to their sales team members and perhaps hand-picked health care professionals yet you will gain fresh insights into the community if you speak to residents or health care professionals of your choosing. It’s also important to gauge how staff interacts with residents so pay close attention to see if the interactions are conducted in a way that allows residents to retain their dignity intact. Dignified interactions between residents and staff are critical for the long-term happiness of your loved one.
 
  • Safety First

    You’ll want to call and confirm safety records of the senior living community you’re interested in. So where do you start? Well the federal government regulates nursing homes and the state regulates assisted living facilities. There’s no centralized database for these facilities but there is a number you can call and it’s the state health department of social services to learn the safety record of the state facility you’re interested in enrolling your loved one in. You’ll want to know that the facility is complaint-free, meets or exceeds regulatory standards and has zero violations or citations.
 
  • Review fees and services

     Many housing decisions boil down to location, fees, amenities, activities and services. This is your opportunity to review all the services, amenities and activities included in the senior living community you’re considering, and ask about any hidden fees. Ask about application fees, administrative fees, security deposits and move-in and move-out costs and inquire if there are any penalties in the event you have to move your loved one out suddenly either because your loved one had to be hospitalized or because the staff has determined your loved one needs to relocate to a higher level of care unit. You’ll want to know if you’re responsible for the payment of the apartment that no one is currently living in. It’s your turn to review all the services and fees and make sure you’re on board. You will want to inquire about utilities and whether they’re included or if you’ll have to pay a monthly fee. Asking about the conditions of recouping your deposit is fair game. If your loved one uses the Internet to search or schedule ZOOM calls or has to have cable TV, then you’ll want to know the monthly costs for these.  
  • Discuss Insurance

    Ask how much of your ’s monthly senior living costs can be absorbed by insurance. Some senior living facilities accept long-term care insurance and Veteran Affairs Benefits. Medicaid covers some expenses too whereas Medicare does not cover long-term service and support. Private health insurance also covers some expenses. Most families seeking senior living arrangements for their mom or dad may have their parent’s substantial life savings to draw from or the family pays out-of-pocket for this continual care. It can get expensive with costs easily running into thousands of dollars per month depending on the facility and the level of care needed. There are facilities that charge only for the services and care required and others who charge a flat rate to every resident. Both work well. It boils down to what you’re comfortable with the fees included and whether you understand what specifics will be on your loved one’s lease agreement.
  • Review a schedule of activities

     Ask to see a schedule of activities so your loved one can find some activities of interest. While activities vary from facility to facility, some activities that are fairly universal include book clubs, drawing, painting, arts and crafts, woodworking classes, educational lectures, writing workshops, fitness classes, pet therapy and movie times. Some facilities even provide a full-service barber and beauty salon.
  • Choose a facility

    Learn about the policies of your number one senior living community. All senior living communities, independent living facilities, assisted living facilities and memory care have rules and regulations that you and your loved one need to be okay with. For more in-depth details, it’s a good idea that you both read and agree with the rules, regulations and any additional policies the facility wants you to sign. Some of the main questions you’ll want to ask are:
  • Can residents come and go from the facility freely?
  • When and how are visitors permitted?
  • Can you bring your own pets?
  • What personal items can be brought to a senior living apartment?

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Village Green is an award-winning assisted living and memory care community that offers many housing options tailored to meet your ‘s needs. Both independent, assisted living and memory care communities offer seniors the opportunity to form social relationships, pursue hobbies and interests, and remain active.   You’ll quickly see we have impressive private suites, each featuring peaceful surroundings in a calm home setting designed to recreate what you have enjoyed his or her entire life. Interior spaces are decorated similar to tasteful private homes. Enclosed walking areas provide residents the opportunity to safely enjoy and explore their campus surroundings. Just beyond your apartment door, your living space extends to many welcoming spaces for socializing, entertaining and recreation. The services and programs at Village Green make it easy to attend events and activities, participate in healthy exercise or enjoy the company of others. Check out our engaging opportunities, amenities and services. For more detailed insights into choosing an ideal Memory Care facility, read our blog post. For the convenience of families living in and around Houston, Texas, Village Green offers assisted living and memory care communities in The Woodlands, Cypress, Champions, Conroe, Kingwood, Tomball, Rockwall, Mckinney, and Highland Village. All our locations are state-of-art, purpose-built with our residents’ needs in mind. We invite you to visit and tour our many assisted living and memory care campuses to see what each one looks and feels like so you can gauge our vibe, personality, and fit for your loved one. Touring our communities and getting your questions answered will go a long way to help you sleep easier once you have added reassurance and peace of mind that your aging loved one is in good hands. Plus, when it comes to managing the places where people live, there’s no substitute for experience. Our 100-year history makes us one of the oldest, most experienced and most desirable company in the apartment business. We welcome you to visit us in person and ask us any question as we remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of all our prospective and current residents.  

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A Day in the Life at Village Green Alzheimer’s Care | Houston, TX

While it’s common knowledge everyone’s memory will fade a bit as we slip into old age, many families have yet to hear about Memory care. Memory care is a type of senior living that offers intensive, specialized care for seniors with considerable memory loss. Many assisted living facilities and nursing homes have incorporated memory care units for their patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Memory care facilities are carefully designed to provide a safe, structured environment with set, scheduled routines aimed at lowering stress for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Employees are sensitive to the needs of patients with memory loss and provide assistance with personal care tasks, meals, and generalized help with everyday living needs and requests. Village Green, located in the Houston area, offers several memory care facilities for your loved ones experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s. We offer home environment care in a loving family atmosphere for your loved ones. Village Green allows residents to continue living with dignity, respect, freedom, and choice. Our home enables seniors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other memory impairments to maintain the highest quality of life while providing peace of mind to their family and friends. From the moment you drive into our driveway, our home looks and feels like someone’s private home. Our beautiful apartment homes offer open common areas, family-style dining with care partners and team members, and private suites. The areas are enhanced with comforting colors and decor to help reduce depression and confusion. Residents find the gorgeous courtyard, comfortable patio, and peaceful walking trails inviting and relaxing. Our kind and dedicated team believes in growing relationships and enriching the lives of every individual and patient. Structured, set activities at Village Green take place all day and into the early evening. We are passionately committed to making a difference in our resident’s lives by providing supportive care, loving reassurance, and quality attention. We encourage independence and choice while maintaining the balance of autonomy and well-being for each resident. Village Green promotes social interaction along with physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We want to meet and exceed all or your loved one’s care needs.

Expect an Array of Life Enrichment Solutions at Village Green:

Care

  • 24×7 Personal Care
  • Fall Prevention Strategies

Safety and Security

 
  • magnetic locks 
  • security cameras and alarms

Dining

  • Menus offer fresh, gourmet and homemade meals by our chef
  • Staff eats with residents
  • Visiting family members can eat with residents for free.

Services

  • Beauty and Barbershop
  • Exercises

Pets

  • House pet
  • Pets are welcome

Medication

  • Medical assistance
  • Daily blood pressure monitoring

Family visits

  • Family visit (day and night)
  • Family participation

Food

  • BBQ
  • Chef prepared meals
  • Snacks and drinks

Training

  • Staff training
  • Manager training

Facilities

  • Flat-screen TV’s
  • Internet access

Hygiene

  • Assistance with bathing
  • Incontinence care

Events

  • Birthday parties
  • Holiday celebrations

Entertainment

  • Piano
  • Games
  • Cognitive activities

Facilities (Indoor)

  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Private & Family Dining

Facilities (Outdoor)

  • Private walking trails
  • Sitting areas to enjoy the private manicured outdoors

Resident Centered Care Home

Physical and behavioral concerns, as well as life history, are key factors in creating daily routines and care plans for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our home offers familiar surroundings that reassure resident’s sense of safety and promotes purposeful meaning on a daily basis. Village Green offers a resident-centered program designed to meet the specific and individual needs of residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. We promote activities of daily living to help maintain the resident’s abilities and encourage the use of their unique skills. Our team ratio is higher than most traditional assisted living communities. We offer specialized care, custom-tailored according to our resident’s needs. Our modest size allows us to have a totally different and personal approach to meet and exceed your loved one’s needs.

Gaining Peace of Mind

The sense of peace and family atmosphere will allow your loved ones to comfortably live in their new home. Our goal is to offer the smoothest transition from their current residence to their new residence that offers assistance along with the activities of daily living. We encourage our residents to bring personal belongings that are familiar to them to help with their transition. These include framed photos of family, personal toiletries, framed artwork, favorite books or knick-knacks that hold special meanings. Your care staff will go over how much to bring with each resident’s family so there’s symmetry between their new living space and their belongings. Village Green offers impressive private suites, each featuring peaceful surroundings in a calm home setting designed to recreate what they have enjoyed throughout their lives. Interior spaces are decorated like those of a private home. Enclosed walking areas give residents the opportunity to safely enjoy and explore their outdoor surroundings. No worries about the level of care at our facility as Village Green is a licensed and certified Alzheimer’s Memory Care Home.

Our Mission

Our mission at Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home is to enrich the lives of our residents and bring dignity and respect to their golden years. We will nurture the unique needs of our seniors and promote purposeful meaning to each day in a warm and loving home.

Our Vision

Our vision is to change the culture of senior care homes. Our hope is to restore dignity and respect to our seniors that have earned it and deserve it. Our commitment is to honor and respect the choice of our residents while maintaining the balance of autonomy and well-being. We want to grow strong relationships between our residents, their families and our team, creating an extended family in a warm loving home.

Our Promise

  • Provide unique care for unique needs
  • Encourage emotional and spiritual well-being
  • Offer comfort and peace
  • Make a difference in our senior’s lives
  • Promote socializing with our extended family
  • Honor and respect choice

We’re Unique

We are unlike most assisted living dementia and Alzheimer’s care homes. We have a different way of doing things, hence our motto: “Unique Care for Unique Needs.” We are very diligent about the safety and well-being of each resident while encouraging their independence and choice. We treat residents with kindness and dignity at all times as we guide them through each day. To give you a better understanding of our unique care, we provide the following: This is our resident’s home. We don’t use the “f” word here. When we come in, we are their extended family, helping them do what they are unable to do alone. We are not caregivers, we are care partners. We partner with them to give them the care level they need.

Our Core Values

We aim to change the culture of senior care homes

  • Village Green is a leader in the emerging small-footprint category. We are only a 16-bed facility. 

Help restore dignity and respect to our seniors

  • This is a function of staff engagement and a loving home environment

Honor and respect the choice of our residents

  • This is always easier in a more intimate and personalized setting

Promote and encourage a balance of autonomy and wellness

  • Also more achievable in an intimate setting

Create an extended family among residents, their families and our team

  • This is the essence of Village Green

Why Us?

Village Green is an award-winning assisted living and memory care community that offers many housing options tailored to meet your relative’s needs. Both independent, assisted living and memory care communities offer seniors the opportunity to form social relationships, pursue hobbies and interests, and remain active. View our campus floor plans including studio, one and two-bedroom apartments along with our cottages here.  You’ll quickly see we have impressive private suites, each featuring peaceful surroundings in a calm home setting designed to recreate what your relative has enjoyed his or her entire life. Interior spaces are decorated similar to tasteful private homes. Enclosed walking areas provide residents the opportunity to safely enjoy and explore their campus surroundings. Just beyond your apartment door, your living space extends to many welcoming spaces for socializing, entertaining and recreation. The services and programs at Village Green make it easy to attend events and activities, participate in healthy exercise or enjoy the company of others. Check out our engaging opportunities, amenities and services. For more detailed insights into choosing a Memory Care facility, read our blog post. For the convenience of families living in and around Houston, Texas, Village Green offers assisted living and memory care communities in The Woodlands, Cypress, Champions, Conroe, Kingwood, Tomball, Rockwall, Mckinney, and Highland Village. All our locations are state-of-art, purpose-built with our residents’ needs in mind. We invite you to visit and tour our many assisted living and memory care campuses to see what each one looks and feels like so you can gauge our vibe, personality, and fit for your loved one. Touring our communities and getting your questions answered will go a long way to help you sleep easier once you have added reassurance and peace of mind that your aging loved one is in good hands. Plus, when it comes to managing the places where people live, there’s no substitute for experience. We welcome you to visit us in person and ask us any question as we remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of all our prospective and current residents.

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To contact us online, visit our site or to inquire by phone, call 281.208.5876 or just chat with us on our website. At Village Green, we are here to help you and your loved one find a new, loving forever home. 

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Getting the news that your parent or relative has dementia can be devastating. What comes next maybe even harder. You may be saddled with the heart-wrenching task of researching and choosing a loving memory care facility for your loved one. Deciding on which memory care facility is best may seem overbearing. Especially since the Internet offers a wide array of memory care facilities with locations, floorplans, amenities, staffing, meals, and activities.

What are your loved one’s immediate needs?

First of all, what are your parent’s or relative’s daily needs? If your loved one needs help with activities of daily living (ADL) then you’ll need to find a facility that helps with bathing, dressing, and eating. If this is the case, then you’ll want to talk with memory care facilities that offer ADL. Your primary goal should be to find a memory care facility that’s loving, highly skilled in assisting memory care patients, and appears to be a happy, homey and safe environment. If your relative has a heart condition, diabetes or any other life-threatening condition that requires daily medication then you’ll want to talk to the nursing staff about how they’ll administer daily medication.

Questions you can answer that will help determine the level of care your relative needs:

Does my relative wander, get lost, head toward exits frequently without telling anyone?

Can my relative walk independently or does he or she require a walker or wheelchair?

Does my relative require help eating?

Does my relative require help using the restroom?

Does my relative require help taking a shower?

Does my relative require help dressing?

Does my relative need 24/7 supervision?

Does my relative require treatments including radiation, chemotherapy, dialysis, or daily injections for diabetes or any other regular medical treatment?

How is Dementia Affecting Your Relative?

Sometimes seniors diagnosed with dementia can get angry, resist care or display other signs of aggression or distress. You’ll want to ask the memory care homes you consider how staff reacts when residents with dementia occasionally get angry, resist care or show other signs of aggression or distress. You’ll want a closer look at memory care facilities that say their team redirects residents who show signs of anger or distress. It’s important to find out the staff’s reactions to your relative’s anger or distress. Are they caring and considerate or are they numb or bothered? It’s also key to know whether staff seems interested in getting to know your relative. Do they seem genuinely attentive and sincere? Or are they treating your relative like a number or like he or she doesn’t matter? The type of staff you want around your loved one are those that are pleasant, well-trained, involved and understand that your relative is more than their condition or disease.

What Floorplan, Amenities and Features Can Your Relative Look Forward to?

You’ll want to look for an easy-to-navigate but spacious facility that boasts plenty of common areas, 24×7 care team support, eye-catching courtyards, activity rooms, stunning private suites, attractive semi-private suites, and a gourmet meal plan with snacks in between. Ask about daily activities as there should be a mix of activities, therapeutic sessions that encourage movement, socialization, and healthy behaviors. There’s no doubt you’ll want vibrant memory care home where your loved one will thrive. You’ll want to see a state-of-the-art facility that’s in a league of its own. At Village Green, we offer premier home environment care in a loving family atmosphere for your loved one. Village Green allows your relative to continue living with dignity, respect, freedom, and choice. Our home environment enables seniors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other memory impairments to maintain the highest quality of life while providing peace of mind to their family and friends.

Can Dementia and Living the Good Life co-exist?

Absolutely! Having an aging relative that either experience occasional symptoms of dementia or has an official diagnosis and exhibits full onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s is more common than you think.

What Exactly is a Memory Care Facility?

Memory care is a form of senior living that provides intensive, specialized care for seniors with memory lapses. Many assisted living facilities and independent care homes have created special memory care units for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

FAQs: What to Ask When Searching for Memory Care Facilities:

What does your memory care facility offer?

For the most part, memory care is designed to offer a safe, structured environment with set routines for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Like assisted living, staff provides meals and helps seniors with personal care tasks. What differs from assisted living is memory care employees are specially trained to deal with the specific issues that typically arise with residents who have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Caregivers working in memory care understand that they need to check in with residents more often and provide additional structure, support, and an extra ear to listen to their needs and concerns so they can feel valued as they go about their day.

What’s important about choosing the right memory care home?

After you’ve narrowed down your search to five or less, it’s highly recommended that you visit each memory care home on your shortlist. Here are some questions you’ll want to ask:

What’s the layout and surrounding environment like?

Is the facility clean and inviting? Walk the layout yourself. Is it large enough that your loved one wouldn’t get frustrated or feel claustrophobic or overcrowded with too little space? It’s equally important that your relative wouldn’t feel lost in an environment that feels too large. You’ll also want to see if there’s a safe walking area where residents go for strolls, bird watching, and to enjoy the sunshine, trees, flowers, and nature in general.

Is the staff qualified and competent to attend to residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Ask the facility director what kind of education and ongoing training the staff has to work with memory care residents. Find out how many nurses are available to care for residents at any given time. Watch to see how attentive the staff is and how fast they attend to resident requests and needs. Pretend that you’re searching for your forever home and ask yourself would you be happy there.

What are the activities and meals like?

Are there enough activities to satisfy your relative’s interest? Ask for a list of all the activities (group and solo) offered at each memory care home. Do the residents look forward to mealtime or do you notice most residents seem completely uninterested? You’ll want to request to see their menus so you can see what they’re serving for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Ask what snacks they serve between mealtime. If you’re able to you might want to have a meal at each facility so you can gauge which memory care home has the best chef. Ask for all the monthly costs and whether the memory care facility takes Medicaid or private insurance. Knowing all the monthly costs involved and whether the facility takes Medicare or private insurance will help you figure out whether your relative can afford memory care or an assisted living facility. Typically, individuals with Alzheimer’s live four to eight years after diagnosis yet some live as long as 20 years, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Consider Memory Care at Village Green

Often, some memory care facilities offer more medical care than others. Ask what health conditions or behaviors might cause your relative to relocate to a higher and more expensive level of care within the memory care facility. Levels of care can vary depending on the facility. At Village Green, we have a program to meet every level of care. As a state-certified Alzheimer’s care facility, Village Green provides a resident-centered program designed to meet the specific and unique needs of those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other residents with memory impairment.

Why Choose Village Green?

From the moment you walk into our driveway, our home looks and feels like someone’s private home. As you proceed to the foyer, with its skylights and open airy setting, you feel at home and so does your loved ones. This environment is one of the cornerstones in our belief that seniors should be able to age in the same manner they are accustomed to living. Our home offers open common areas, family-style dining, and private suites. The beautifully landscaped courtyard entices residents to wander along the walking path or just relax and socialize on the patio with others. ​

Our Layout & Decor Exceeds Expectations

The environment at Village Green promotes a higher quality of life. Also, it includes secure exterior doorways, increased space for activities both inside and outside the community, a beautiful serene courtyard and cozy independent areas. The decor, as well as the layout of the entire community, is designed to calm and soothe our residents. ​ Also, special attention has been given to color, lighting, texture, furnishings, and other homey features. As a result, these specially chosen accommodations help alleviate frustration and confusion for memory care residents. Memory orientation, such as visible signage, enhances the resident’s sense of time and location. ​ We offer wonderful amenities at Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home:​ View Our Delicious Meals ​ Like everything else at our home, meals are prepared with great care, taking into account resident’s dietary concerns as well as their taste buds. All the food purchased is fresh and nutritional. All meals are homemade and prepared by one of our full-time cooks, otherwise known as our “Pallet Pleasers”. ​ We refuse to use canned food products. We have summer and winter menus and we serve a wide variety of delicious foods. Three home-cooked meals are prepared each day – the main meal is served at lunch and the lightest meal is served in the evening. Residents also receive beverages and healthy snacks throughout the day. ​ Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home Menu Sample is provided for family members and friends to view. Check Out Our Fun Activities ​ Activities take place throughout the day and into the early evening. The activity program consists of therapeutic activities based on the needs, abilities, and various levels of acuity of each resident. Also, our activities include parties, movies, exercises, religious programs, arts, crafts, games, as well as small group and individual activities. ​ Our team receives ongoing training on the latest methods of caring for residents with memory impairment. The team’s compassionate interaction with residents reinforces socialization and may help reduce depression which can result from fear of isolation and loneliness. ​ Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home Activities Sample Calendar is provided for family members and friends to view. Take a Look at Our Unmatched Amenities
  • Luxurious, spacious suites
  • Intimate private suites
  • Delicious meals
  • Fun-filled activities
  • Safe environment with a secured outdoor courtyard ​
  • Specially designed environment for individuals with limited mobility ​
  • Security cameras throughout the home ​
  • Ambulation and escort services ​
  • Fire safety system ​
  • Handicap accessibility housekeeping ​
  • Personal laundry and linen services ​
  • Three nutritious home-cooked meals, with snacks and beverages throughout the day
  • ​Medication management ​
  • Nurse on call 24/7 ​
  • Team on site 24 hours a day, trained to understand and work with memory care residents
Our mission at Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home is to enrich the lives of our residents and bring dignity and respect to their golden years. We will nurture the unique needs of our seniors and promote purposeful meaning to each day in a warm and loving home. Unlike many memory care operations, we offer convenient facilities in and around Houston, Texas, Village Green offers assisted living and memory care communities in The Woodlands, Cypress, Champions, Conroe, Kingwood, Tomball, Rockwall, Mckinney, and Highland Village. All our locations are state-of-art, purpose-built with our residents’ needs in mind. We invite you to visit, tour, and see for yourself how our assisted living and memory care campuses exceed your relative’s needs. Contact one of our specialists today to make an appointment to discuss your relative’s unique memory care needs at one of our convenient campuses.

Choosing the Ideal Retirement Home for Your Aging Loved One

Finding a forever home for your aging relative can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be once you’re armed with vital information to make the best choice. Choosing between assisted living and independent living is one of the crucial decisions you’ll have to make as you navigate which retirement community is right for your aging loved one.

What is Independent Living?

Independent living refers to a senior community where residents live mostly independently with occasional help. In other words, they might see a weekly housekeeping crew who cleans their apartment. Residents might be unable to drive and schedule pre-arranged transportation for grocery trips. However, independent living residents typically live in their own apartment, cook their own food, and don’t have to “answer” to anyone for medication or check in with anyone on their whereabouts. The main purpose of independent living is to maintain a normal lifestyle while joining a pleasant community of other seniors. This allows for more connections, social interaction, and enhanced quality of life.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living, on the other hand, provides extra help and amenities for residents who might need a little more care. Assisted living is a form of care where the resident is regularly checked on, perhaps in the evenings and mornings and during the day. Additionally, a team of caregivers assists residents medically, hygienically, and attends to their well-being throughout the day. Examples of this may include assisting with residents self-care, providing newspapers, magazines, crossword puzzles, and informing them of group activity times, card games, art sessions, or emotional support sessions where residents can share their feelings, sharpen their skills, keep their minds active and connect with other seniors. Meals are usually provided, as is assistance with transportation, housekeeping, laundry, solo, and group activities, picking up medications, doctor appointments, self- care, and more.

Assisted Living vs. Independent Living

Both types of care do share similarities. However, they also differentiate on several points. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between assisted living and independent living.
  • Accommodations and Layout Depending on the facility, assisted living quarters often look a little different than independent living quarters. Independent living often has exterior entrances to each apartment, while assisted living is often closer to the style of a hotel or dorm room with doors opening into a hallway.
  • Meals and Food Preparation and Storage-Independent living residents typically grocery shop and cook their own meals in their personal kitchens. In contrast, assisted living facilities typically provide a meal plan for their residents. Many seniors move into assisted living facilities because they can no longer cook, drive or keep up with daily activities so this is an important factor to consider when choosing where your aging relative can live.
  • Personal and Medical Care-Independent living residents handle their own personal self-care while assisted living residents receive help from an experienced staff member. When it comes to medical care, assisted living facilities should always have friendly, reliable, and experienced staff, a plan of action tailored to each elderly, and a nurse nearby.
  • Housekeeping-Housekeeping varies from facility to facility in the case of independent seniors. Some independent residents are capable of daily chores yet prefer to hire a provider or a housekeeper to help them. Others have difficulty with planning activities, scheduling appointments, maintaining self-care or general housekeeping. Either way, it is usually up to residents whether or not they require help around the house. In the case of assisted living, housekeeping is provided for residents.
  • Safety and Security- Independent living communities provide a safe and secure environment, especially during cases of emergency like accidents, falls, inclement weather, or pandemics like the novel Coronavirus also known as COVID-19. Residents benefit from having broad-reaching medical coverage that includes emergency room visits when needed, having a charged mobile phone handy, and even an emergency pendant system or pull cords within their reach. Assisted living communities, on the other hand, have additional safety and emergency response initiatives in place. They have onsite medical and security personnel who are ready to help residents who have an accident or need to temporarily evacuate due to impending foul weather. Their private residence usually includes an emergency call system. Caregivers, providers, and nurses are also readily available for additional emergency assistance.
  • Transportation-Like housekeeping, transportation options vary depending on the independent living facility. For assisted living facilities, transportation is provided, usually for weekly grocery shopping, medical appointments, and trips to the pharmacy. During COVID-19, check with potential facilities to see how they handle shopping trips for residents.
  • Budget-Finally, it is important to weigh the cost differences between independent living and assisted living. Of course, the more amenities offered by a facility, the higher the price point. However, assisted living tends to have a few more costs built into it for greater levels of assistance with grocery shopping, doctor visits trips to the pharmacy, and help with self-care. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about amenities and their costs when searching for the right senior community.

Why Choose Village Green?

Village Green is an award-winning assisted living and memory care community that offers many housing options tailored to meet your relative’s needs. Both independent and our assisted living communities offer seniors the opportunity to form social relationships, pursue hobbies and interests, and remain active. View our campus floor plans including studio, one and two-bedroom apartments along with our cottages here For the convenience of families living in and around Houston, Texas, Village Green offers assisted living and memory care communities in The Woodlands, Cypress, Champions, Conroe, Kingwood, Tomball, Rockwall, Mckinney, and Highland Village. All our locations are state-of-art, purpose-built with our residents’ needs in mind. We invite you to visit and tour our many assisted living and memory care campuses to see what each one looks and feels like so you can gauge our vibe, personality, and fit for your loved one. Touring our communities and getting your questions answered will go long way to help you sleep easier once you have added reassurance and peace of mind that your aging loved one is in good hands.