To make the best decision about assisted living in Pensacola, Florida, it’s important that you first understand what assisted living is and isn’t, and what that means for your loved one. There are quite a few residential and care options available for older adults in Pensacola, and understanding their similarities and differences can help you make the best assisted living and care decision for your senior loved one.
The simplest definition of assisted living can be summed up as a residence for older adults and those with extra needs that provides various levels of nursing care, plus assistance with meals and housekeeping. Assisted living communities in Pensacola, Florida and beyond (including us here at Veranda of Pensacola of course!) also offer a range of socialization, activities, amenities, and even outings, providing a rich and full life for residents (and peace of mind for their loved ones).
Although there are various types of housing and care available for seniors who need extra help with medical or other areas, many families don’t fully understand senior living options for those older adults in Pensacola who are simply looking to lessen the burden of home ownership. Independent living (including here at Veranda of Pensacola) provides comfortable, modern housing without the stresses and bills of home ownership (forget about cutting the lawn or remembering to pay the electric bill). Independent living communities in Pensacola typically take care of things like maintenance, housekeeping, and landscaping, and even transportation and activities. They can provide a well-rounded, stress-free life for more active seniors.
Long-term care/nursing homes
Nursing homes or long-term care facilities offer 24/7/365 care for seniors and others who have serious medical needs and can no longer live or care for themselves independently. Trained medical professionals provide ongoing care to meet the needs of nursing home residents, and specialized care is often provided to offer some safe activities to ensure the emotional and mental well-being of patients is met.
In-home care, also known as simply “home care” or “home health care” provides various levels of assistance to seniors and those with special needs here in Pensacola. A nurse, nursing assistant, or professional caregiver visits multiple seniors and homes per day, stopping for a time to help their clients. Services can range from personal care services, to some medical needs, and can also include specialized medical care. The specific options and opportunities available can vary widely from city to city or provider to provider.
For those seniors in Pensacola who have more substantial needs, or who simply want the benefit of an always-there caregiver, live-in care provides essentially the same services in in-home care; however, the provider lives at your loved one’s home most of the time (or depending on your specific needs, 24/7/365).
For those Pensacola residents with more advanced medical needs, specialized care is often available for illnesses like dementia/Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Hospice care could also fall into this category. These types of care are more appropriate for older adults with much sophisticated, hands-on needs.
Who is a fit for assisted living?
Since you are close to your loved one or family member, you likely have some considerable insight into their needs. If your loved one has been hiding his or her extra needs from you (or attempting to hide them); however, you’re not alone. Oftentimes, our loved ones try to spare us the “burden” of sharing their health troubles or increasing needs. Although you probably have picked up on these issues on your own anyway! Considering all of these scenarios, though, here are some of the situations and criteria we most often see in residents as a fit for assisted living here in Pensacola, Florida:
They’re tired of maintaining or are no longer able to maintain a house
Home ownership is a lot of work – and hard work at that! The lawn seemingly always needs to be mowed, the sink gets clogged, light bulbs need to be changed...it is draining for anyone, but especially for older adults.
And we can all agree that seniors in particular deserve a break! Our parents and loved ones cared for us for years or even decades. They worked hard, and frankly, they deserve to have someone take care of them now. They shouldn’t have to worry about the house anymore and with assisted living options in Pensacola, they don’t have to any longer.
They have some medical needs
While they don’t need round-the-clock or more intensive, specialized care that necessitates more hands-on living situations, assisted living residents in Pensacola do have some needs, and we are happy to assist them!
Many of us have increased medical needs as we get older; it really is a fact of life. In fact, 85% of seniors have taken a prescription medication in the past five years. Our assisted living residents in Pensacola, Florida have varying levels of medical needs, from needing some help with medication management to grooming or incontinence assistance.
They want to let loose a little
Between taking care of the house, buying groceries, cooking meals, and heading to doctor’s appointments, your loved one is probably pretty busy (and pretty tired!). We hear from so many residents who just want to relax and enjoy their retirement years. They want to socialize more, play games, try new things, get pampered, and really live life.
Assisted living communities in Pensacola, Florida (yes, just like Veranda of Pensacola!) offer a range of activities and amenities that enhance life for residents. They remove the burdens of home ownership and provide ample opportunity to practice a favorite hobby, start a new one, meet new friends or spend time with old ones. There are so many opportunities! And when you are an assisted living resident at Veranda of Pensacola, your loved one will have the time and freedom to pursue them all.
Types of assisted living
We’ve outlined the types of care available to seniors, but to help better paint a picture of the assisted living options available to you and your loved ones in Pensacola, Florida, let’s take a closer look at the types of assisted living that are most commonly available.
Most assisted living communities, including here at Veranda of Pensacola, offer different levels of assistance based on you or your loved one’s specific needs. These levels of assisted living care will vary from community to community in Pensacola and beyond, so to help illuminate the levels of assisted living available to your loved one, we’re going to walk through what we offer here at Veranda of Pensacola. Together with our trained staff and your loved one’s doctor, we’ll give you the information you need to make the best assisted living decision for your family.
Tier 1 is often a great fit for seniors who are active and independent, but need some help with medication management.
If your loved one needs some gentle reminders to stay on top of grooming, bathing, dressing, and meals in addition to medication management, tier 2 assisted living may be a good fit.
For those who may not just need reminders, but stand-by assistance with grooming, bathing, dressing and toileting, in addition to medication management, tier 3 assisted living is available.
Sometimes our loved ones need extra help to stay on track. In these instances, tier 4 assisted living at Veranda of Pensacola provides medication management, plus physical assistance with grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting, and a member of our team will personally escort your loved one to meals.
What’s it like to be in assisted living?
It can be difficult to picture life once your loved one is moved into assisted living in Pensacola, Florida. Of course, the easiest way to experience assisted living is to visit a community (we’d love to have you stop by for a tour of our Pensacola assisted living community!). But, we’d like to help give you more of an idea of what life is really like in an assisted living community. In fact, since we’ve already walked through much of what daily life in assisted living entails, let’s envision a “typical” day in assisted living for a resident here at Veranda of Pensacola. Your loved one’s goals, favorite activities, and needs are unique, so feel free to mentally swap in or out the unique activities that you or your loved one enjoys.
Up in the morning
Meals at Veranda of Pensacola are nutritionally balanced and delicious, but with our fine dining room, they are also a fun social opportunity! After your loved one wakes up, they can either have a quick breakfast in their residence, or head down to enjoy breakfast with friends and neighbors. Perhaps they may want to go for a morning walk outside on one of our walking trails to get in some movement early. Or perhaps they want to head into our fitness center for a more formal workout. If you or your loved one require medications in the morning, there’s no need to worry - our assisted living options provide medication reminders so you don’t forget!
Life isn’t on a schedule in assisted living (unless there is something like a medication that requires a bit of a schedule). Life is what you make of it, and while there are plenty of dining and activity options, you or your loved one can also relax and take the day as it comes.
That’s the beauty of resort-style retirement living!
Today, your loved one decides to see a late-morning movie after breakfast and a walk. Before lunch, they decide to join an art class to embrace their creativity and actually make some neat artwork that they share with you later.
Enjoy an easy afternoon
That busy morning means your loved one worked up an appetite. Our lunch menu always includes at least two main courses, plus several side options and a bountiful salad bar. There are so many healthy and delicious options available every day.
With such a busy morning, your loved one decides to relax a bit in the afternoon and visits the on-site salon. Then, they enjoy a quiet moment by the piano with a good book from our library and a cup of coffee.
After chatting with a friend in an on-site lounge, your loved one takes an afternoon nap before dinner.
Soak up the evening
Refreshed after a cat nap, your loved one heads to our fine dining room for dinner with friends and neighbors. They talk about their day, make plans to watch their favorite show together later, and talk about tomorrow’s trip to the art museum.
After their show and time with friends, they do a video call with you and your kids to catch up and talk about their day. Then, it’s off to bed and time for more fun and relaxation tomorrow!
If we’re being honest, who wouldn’t sign up for a stress-free day like that, regardless of age?!
How much does it cost for assisted living in Pensacola Florida?
The cost of assisted living in Pensacola, Florida is a factor for many families, and can play a considerable role in the decision you and your loved one makes. Before we examine the costs of assisted living in Pensacola, it’s important to also examine the current costs for your loved one, and for your family, to ensure their current care and wellbeing. Oftentimes, the actual costs of staying at home are significantly higher than what we account for in, say, a monthly budget.
Total costs of living at home can include:
- Homeowners/renter’s insurance
- Property taxes
- Utilities (electric, gas, water, etc)
- Home maintenance, appliances, repairs, etc
- Car payment/gas
- Car insurance
- Homeowner’s association fees
- Lawn service
- Costs for hobbies like golf, movies, etc
There are often more expenses here, but of course every family and situation is unique. We’ve found, though, that this list covers a vast majority of expenses for many of our residents here in Pensacola. Most importantly, though, many of our residents have found that they actually save money by moving into our assisted living community here in Pensacola, Florida! Even more residents nearly break even with costs, and that’s not counting the reduction in stress and saved time no longer needed to constantly call the landscapers, trudge to the grocery store, cook meals, and more. Assisted living apartments here at Veranda of Pensacola start at around $4,975 per month, although there are quite a few options available to suit your living preferences.