Do you allow residents to have pets?
We do allow family pets to visit our residents if 1) they are on a leash or in a carrying bag/cart and 2) if they are supervised by a family member of the resident.
But because our Assisted Living community is designed to resemble a residential home (and not as standalone apartments that you would find in Independent Living), with many shared common areas such as living areas, sunroom, and dining area, allowing full-time pets becomes complicated:
** Cats and dogs under feet can become a fall risk for elders.
** Also, some people have allergies to different types of pets, so we want to make sure our environment is comfortable for all residents, visiting family and friends, and our staff.
** We want our caregivers to focus their attention on our residents. If we allowed pets, valuable time would be taken away from the elders at Silverleaf and devoted to feeding and cleaning up after pets.
One of our activities will be through a non-profit organization that offers pet therapy with highly trained dogs that are happy, calm, and clean.
What room types do you offer?
All rooms are a little bit different, but we do have three categories that will help give you a broader understanding of what we offer.
** Private bedroom with a private half bath: our Wildridge community includes two bedrooms that have their own spacious, private half baths for people who wish to have extra privacy. Each bathroom at Silverleaf Eldercare was designed with unique tile, quartz countertop, and paint combination with the help of local vendor Daltile. There is a small monthly premium for the added privacy.
** Private bedroom: there are six private rooms, each with a different footprint and orientation to the outdoor lighting. No matter which room you choose, we made sure there is a view of our beautiful landscaping of trees, sculpted grass, and flowering plants.
** Semi-private or shared bedroom: we have two large rooms that can accommodate up to two people. The base cost per bed is less than the base cost of a private room for a single person. Also, these larger rooms are ideal for married couples or a single resident who simply wants more private space. Some residents will find sharing the space with a roommate as an attractive alternative, both for the social interaction and the lower monthly fees.
We purposely designed our community with bedrooms rather than apartments to draw our residents out into our vibrant social atmosphere. So many elders have been in a state of isolation in their own homes where TV has become their only regular friend.
In contrast, we believe social connection and varied interaction is food for the soul.
John Donne said it best:
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. --- MEDITATION XVII Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
Do you offer transportation to and from the community?
Because we are a small residential assisted living community, we do not yet have a company transport vehicle nor the trained staff to drive our residents to appointments.
This is less of an issue than you might at first think. We have a strong circle of healthcare and personal service providers that make house calls!
** Primary care physicians
** Physical therapists
** Occupational therapists
** Speech therapists
** Massage therapists
The list goes on…