Senior Living FAQs
If you or a loved one is considering making a lifestyle transition into a senior living community, this important choice always comes with questions. For over 50 years, Wesley Manor has been answering your questions and leading the way forward in personalized care and compassionate community, so we’ve created a short guide to give you basic information before you even pick up the phone to call us.
When it’s time to move to a senior living community
Moving into a retirement community can be a hard topic to think on. You must determine if it is not only right for you, but for your loved ones as well. Here at Wesley Manor we offer quality care for you as well as a tour ahead of time for you to make the best decision possible. View our full page here for more information to see the benefits in living in a retirement home.
Is senior living the same thing as a nursing home?
Wesley Manor offers highly customized services throughout our campus of apartment-style residences to make our community services the right fit. We live together as neighbors to form assisted living and independent living arrangements. Our team customizes the level of service to meet your needs for the most independent and active lifestyle possible. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to retirement.
Residents in our assisted living community enjoy social, cultural, and recreational lifestyle activities. They also have access to restaurant dining for three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, laundry service, personal care as needed, free Internet and parking, and scheduled transportation. Please see the Assisted Living page for a full list of activities and services. With time, our services to help with medications and personal care can be increased or decreased as needed.
Do you care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease?
Our Personal Care/Memory Support services are specially designed for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. We have a nurse on site 24/7 to supervise medication administration, and a staff specifically licensed and trained to make life more calming and enjoyable for Personal Care residents.
Will I have privacy at Wesley Manor?
While our community includes everything from a beauty salon to ice cream parlor, to a library and our planned events, participation is completely optional. Residents control their own schedules just as they would if living independently and can quietly relax in their own apartments whenever they wish.
Can I bring my pets with me to Wesley Manor?
We understand that pets are a part of the family and they bring joy to their owners and the community. We’re proud to offer pet-friendly living so your furry family members can come with you. Small pets are welcome in the Assisted Living area.
How many staffers are on duty overnight?
This varies by area of campus; however, there are always staff members on duty 24/7.
Can staff administer medications?
Yes, in Personal Care/Memory Support and Skilled Nursing. In Assisted Living, we can provide medication reminders, when needed—residents administer their own medications.
Can I take a tour first?
Absolutely. We encourage you and your family to visit and take a complete tour, just the way you would do if you were planning to rent a different apartment or buy a new home. It is best to schedule your visit in advance, so we can ensure a staff member will be available to show you around. Please call today to let our team know the most convenient times for you to schedule a tour with us.
What is your staff-to-resident ratio?
The Heath Care Center (skilled nursing) staff ratio is 8:1, which is actually more staff than the minimum required.
What kind of experience and training does your staff possess?
Staff receives numerous hours of In-Service training each year, on a variety of topics about resident quality and dignity of life, care needs, safety, infection control, social services, activities and more. Front line caregiver staff and supervisors are also specifically trained in Alzheimer’s/dementia care.
Do you have a nurse on staff 24/7?
Yes, in Personal Care/Memory Support and Skilled Nursing.
If there is a wait list, how many are on it and what is the policy?
This varies by area of campus and changes daily.
What additional services are available if the needs of a resident change?
Services and care levels can be adjusted to accommodate residents’ needs within each area of campus. Residents always have priority status (bypassing any waiting lists) to move to any other area of campus as they age.
What are your billing and payment policies?
We have no long-term contacts; bills are sent monthly. Independent Living (Patio Homes) have a one-time entrance fee plus a nominal monthly maintenance fee.
Are all services included in the monthly fee? If not, what and how much are additional services?
Assisted Living and Personal Care rates are all-inclusive, with no community fees, move-in fees or deposits. Services vary by area of campus. Optional services include telephone, whirlpool baths and discount newspaper subscriptions, for an additional fee.
Can I bring furniture and furnishings for my living unit?
Yes. Assisted living communities in Kentucky encourage residents to bring their own furniture, furnishings and keepsakes.
What determines the cost of living in an assisted living community?
The cost of living in an assisted living community usually will depend on the size/type of your living unit, assistance you need and any additional services and fees, so you can make an informed decision.
Do assisted living communities conduct criminal records checks on their employees?
Yes. Assisted living communities are required to conduct criminal records checks on employee applicants. Assisted living communities also ensure that no employee applicants are listed on Kentuck’s Nurse Aide abuse registry, Adult Protective Services caregiver misconduct registry or the Central Registry.
Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for assisted living services in Kentucky?
No. Neither Medicare no Medicaid pays for these services. However, you might qualify for coverage if you’re receiving health care services from an outside licensed health care provider.
Do long term care insurance policies pay for services in assisted living communities?
Some long term care insurance policies pay for services in assisted living communities. However, because coverage provisions vary, carefully read and compare policies. For more information, you can contact the Kentucky Department of Insurance toll-free (800-595-6053) to request a copy of their guide for selecting a long term care insurance policy.
Will I ever have to move out of the assisted living community?
Kentucky law requires that a resident must be ambulatory or mobile nonambulatory, such as being able to get around with a walker or in a wheelchair without assistance, unless due to a tempory condition.
Any resident who needs health care services must directly arrange to receive those services from an outside agency or individual, or otherwise, be required to move out of the assisted living community.
In addition, any resident who poses a danger to self or others must be issued a move out notice. Last, a resident who is unable to continue paying for services must be given at least a 30-day notice by the assisted living community before being required to move out. An assisted living community that issues a move-out notice must have provisions for assisting the resident in finding appropriate living arrangements prior to the actual move-out date.
Where can I get more information about assisted living communities in Kentucky?
Consumers can contact the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living at 502-564-6930 or online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dial/ALC, or contact the Kentucky Senior Living at (502) 938-5102 or www.kentuckyseniorliving.org.
What services and arrangements are provided by an assisted living community?
In Kentucky, an assisted living community provides each resident with a separate living unity that includes a lockable door and a private bathroom. The resident can receive assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, and transferring), as well as assistance with self-administering medication, meals, housekeeping, transportation, laundry, and clerical services are also available. Each resident may directly arrange with an outside agency or individual to receive health care services, subject to any related policy of the assisted living community.
Is an assisted living community the same as a nursing home?
No. Assisted living communities in Kentucky are defined and regulated differently from nursing homes, although some of the same services are provided. For example, both assisted living communities and nursing homes can provide assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, and transferring). However, nursing homes can deliver health care services, while a resident in an assisted living community must directly arrange with an outside agency or individual to receive health care services. Generally speaking, assisted living communities offer more privacy and independence because each resident has a separate living unit with a lockable door, private bathroom and usually an individual thermostat control.
Who regulates living communities in Kentucky?
Kentucky’s Department for Aging and Independent living conducts certification reviews biannually or as often as needed of every assisted living community to determine compliance with the applicable laws and regulation.
Can any business call itself an assisted living community?
No. Kentucky law prohibits any business that hasn’t filed for, or received, assisted living community certification from the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living from marketing itself as an assisted living community.
Do I have to share a living unit (i.e., apartment with another client?
No. However, you can request to share a living unit with a spouse or another individual under mutual agreement.
Do I have to sign any legal papers?
Yes. An assisted living community in Kentucky is required under law to provide you with a lease agreement for your thorough review, which then must be signed. This lease agreement addresses all provisions, policies, rights, responsibilities, and protections for both the resident and the assisted living community.
Will an assisted living community assist me with transportation to my doctor, hairdresser, etc.?
Yes. Assisted living communities in Kentucky are required to provide assistance with transportation. Carefully read the lease agreement to determine how and when transportation is provided and if there is an additional fee.
Can someone help me take my medication?
Yes, to an extent. The assisted living community employees can, at your request, assist you in self-administering your own medication. In other words, they can remind you to take your medication, read labels, help open your medication containers and help store your medication. You must directly arrange with an outside agency or another qualified person of your choice.
Contact our team today if you have more questions.