questions about retirement

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The Oaks of Clearwater understands that the transition into a retirement community can be overwhelming. The transition itself, and the understanding of the retirement industry often sparks several questions, and during this time we are here to help! Provided below are a list of frequently asked questions that individuals looking for retirement communities should consider asking to help them find the right community!

Q: What type of options for care are available?
A: Every retirement community has different levels of care that they offer their residents. Some retirement communities are a singular level of care, some are more than one. The Oaks of Clearwater offers four different levels of care; Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing. Through our various levels of care we are able to accommodate for a variety of different patient needs, and accommodate a wide range of services to meet the needs of our residents. We also offer additional levels of care to add on to our standard services that include Extended Personal Care and Limited Nursing Services. An additional charge is applicable for Extended Personal Care and Limited Nursing Services. We also offer companion services that are contracted to assist with a la carte care services for our residents in need of specific services that do not require a level of care change.

A brief explanation of care services is listed below:

Independent Living is retirement living for individuals generally 55 and older who reside in a retirement community and function independently, without any care services.

Assisted Living is retirement living for individuals in need of assistance with one or more activities of daily living.

Memory Care is retirement living for individuals who are in need to assistance with one or more activities of daily living, and who suffer from cognitive impairment as a result of memory loss related to Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

Skilled Nursing/ Rehabilitation is retirement living focused on providing 24 hour nursing care. This sector of senior living is often referred to as nursing home living, and is total care assistance.

Q: Will you help me with the ordering and management of my medications?
A: At The Oaks of Clearwater medication management is included in our all-inclusive lifestyle for our assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing residents. We take responsibility or ordering, distributing, and refilling our resident’s medications in these levels of care. The cost of the cost of medication management in these care levels is included in the residents monthly rent.

Q: How do you figure out what level of care I need?
A: Determining the level of care appropriate for a specific resident varies per community. At The Oaks of Clearwater we conduct a pre-admission nursing assessment for every potential resident looking to enter our community. This assessment is a basic declaration of a potential resident’s health care needs, concerns, and medical history, and is conducted through our in house nursing staff. This information gives us the directions we need to understand how to properly care for our residents. Once we determine what is necessary to care for them, we then recommend the appropriate level of care that best addresses their needs in our building. Our primary concern is the safety of our residents, and we always attempt to provide them with the opportunity to live in the most appropriately functioning environment to foster their success. Our pre admission nursing assessment allows our team the opportunity to evaluate whether or not a potential residents care is within our abilities as well. If for some reason an inquiring potential resident’s care requires more than we can provide, we utilize our network of community partners and providers to recommend alternate placement.

Q: Do you offer 24-hour nursing?
A: The Oaks of Clearwater does offer 24-hour nursing care to our residents that reside in our skilled nursing community, and the other sectors of our building have access to nurses and healthcare staff 24 hours a day.

Q: How much does senior living cost?
A: Every retirement community evaluates the cost of their services differently, and cost varies based on services needed, apartment size, and the care associated with each individual resident. The pricing at The Oaks of Clearwater is based on the individuals level of care, and the size of the apartment they are living in. Our Cost Calculator may be of assistance as you are evaluating options for senior living as it helps to put into perspective our pricing schedule as our services are all- inclusive. For more information, please contact our marketing and admissions department at (727) 445-4069

Q: What types of social programming do you have?
A: Every retirement community handles their activities differently. The Oaks of Clearwater operates a full programming and social calendar for our residents. We participate in a variety of activities such as Zumba, Tai Chi, bingo, poker, ceramics, cooking classes, movie night and so much more! Our activities calendars are designed to inspire growth cognitively and functionally for our residents, and there are activities specific to each level of care as well which allow for increased participation and involvement.

Q: Am I allowed to bring my own furniture?
A: Most senior living communities allow residents to bring their own furniture, and most apartments come generally unfurnished. At The Oaks of Clearwater we encourage our residents to bring their own furniture when they move in. The familiarity of home furniture sometimes helps to provide comfort during the transition phase of moving in.

Q: Will I be signing a long term lease?
A: Every retirement community has different lease terms. At The Oaks of Clearwater we operate with lease conditions requiring only a 30 day notice to vacate. This means that our lease in month to month, and that there is not long term lease agreement. The contract signed is good for the resident’s entire length of stay, and we include addendums to cover specific costs for changing services as applicable.

Q: How do I schedule a tour?
A: Scheduling a tour at The Oaks of Clearwater is very simple! Once you have gathered your preliminary information, and are ready to see the hands on product, all you need to do is call (727) 445-4069 and speak to one of our marketing representatives about coming in to view the community. You may also inquire online through our contact page, and submit a request for someone to call you and set up an appointment.