About Senior Living
You’ve made sacrifices and smart decisions to prepare for the retirement you want. At Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs, we help you realize your retirement dreams with resort-style apartments for adults ages 55 and better. We offer luxurious amenities and concierge-level services so that you can enjoy a comfortable, worry-free lifestyle with the freedom to pursue your goals.
From our central location in Quail Springs, you can explore all that Oklahoma City has to offer. We also provide a wide variety of on-site programming for you to choose from, so you’re sure to find something exciting to do and great people to share it with. Whether you’ve taken the step into retirement or not, Grand Tapestry lets you enjoy the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
At Grand Tapestry, we know how much there is to think about when choosing your retirement community. There are so many types and styles of senior living out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
That’s why we’ve created this at-a-glance guide, which will help you to understand all the options available for senior living in OKC. There’s a lot to consider, so feel free to contact us if you have questions. We can help you to understand what’s out there.
Housing Options for Active 55+ Adults
One of the best things about active retirement is the freedom to come and go as you please. These living options allow older adults to embrace their freedom while living alongside like-minded peers.
55+ neighborhoods give older adults the freedom that comes with downsizing. Residents enjoy all of the independence that comes with living on their own, with the added enjoyment of living in an active community.
There are many different types of 55+ neighborhoods. In some, the community residents own their homes. Others, like Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs, offer apartments for lease. These rental communities appeal to active older adults who want the freedom to pursue their retirement goals without being tied down by homeownership.
Many 55+ neighborhoods feature luxury amenities and services to make life worry-free. Residents of these neighborhoods enjoy easy on-site access to features like fitness centers and pools. Housekeeping services may be available for a fee.
Independent Living Communities
Independent living communities also offer self-contained complete residences. Like 55+ neighborhoods, these communities are developed with older adults in mind who manage day-to-day living on their own, although independent living sometimes includes a care component and a dining plan.
Independent living communities offer a range of services and amenities. They’re designed to suit people who live independently but may wish to contract additional services for care needs. In an independent living community, you’ll find an engaging social environment with programmed activities and convenient access to community dining. Residents do need to be aware that they will being paying for bundled services, like dining, that they may not use or need.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offer a full range of senior living options, all in the same general location. A retirement community designated as a CCRC will provide, at a minimum, living options to include independent living, assisted living and some level of skilled nursing services. Once you become a part of a CCRC, you can move from one level of care to the next as your needs change, all while remaining a part of the community as a whole.
Someone might move into the independent living neighborhood of a CCRC and live there for months or years. They enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that more care is available, even if they don’t need it.
When a need does arise, a CCRC member can access the right level of care without the hassle of finding a new home. They can move temporarily or long-term into an assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing neighborhood, then shift again if care needs increase or decrease. It’s all about getting the right care at the right time.
Communities for Older Adults who Need Assistance
Many adults reach a point when they need some level of help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) like getting dressed, taking showers and eating healthy food. The right home provides a person with the right level of assistance, alongside plenty of engaging activities and opportunities to socialize.
Assisted Living Communities
Assisted living communities are geared toward older adults who need some supervision or help with ADLs, but who don’t yet need nursing home care. Residences are usually apartment-style, so new community members can decorate and furnish their living spaces as they see fit.
Some assisted living apartments have their own kitchens so residents can cook for themselves. Most communities have a dining room that serves three meals a day, providing regular opportunities for residents to share meals and nurture friendships.
Assisted living communities typically have social and wellness programming geared toward residents’ interests and abilities. Some communities have all of their programming on-site, while others also organize day or afternoon trips with transportation. Community members are encouraged to be as active and engaged as possible, but each person always has the choice of how to spend their days.
Memory Care Communities
Memory care communities welcome people who live with memory loss and cognitive decline. In most cases, people in these communities have a dementia diagnosis such as Alzheimer’s disease. Some memory care communities stand alone, while others function as part of a broader assisted living, skilled nursing or continuing care community.
Care and supervision in memory care communities are geared toward the unique needs of people with dementia. Entrances and exits are usually secured to prevent wandering, and staff members receive specialized training in compassionately caring for people with memory challenges. The community’s daily schedule is designed to be comfortable and engaging for those in residence.
Skilled Nursing Communities
Skilled nursing communities serve people who need more assistance than assisted living can provide, but who don’t yet need this level of care on a permanent basis. Many older adults spend some time in a skilled nursing community after being hospitalized for an injury or illness.
Skilled nursing centers usually provide help with activities of daily living, including meal preparation, as well as rehabilitation services like physical, occupational and speech therapy. Some skilled nursing communities have physicians on staff as well.
Nursing Home Care
Nursing homes are permanent residences for people who need 24/7 assistance and care. Most nursing homes have certified nurses on-staff but do not have the rehabilitation and therapeutic services available in a skilled nursing community. A person would move to a nursing home rather than skilled nursing if they need long-term intensive help.
Short-Term Care Options
Sometimes older adults who need routine assistance can get that help from family and friends. Short-term care options support care partners in this situation by providing additional help.
Respite care takes on primary caregiving responsibilities for a limited period of time. That time frame might be measured in hours, days or weeks, depending on the respite care provider and the needs of the full-time caregiver.
In-home care may come from an unpaid family member or friend or a paid care professional. Some people choose to set up care schedules so that an older adult can stay in their own home, without one or two people needing to take on all of the duties of care.
Adult Day Programs
Day programs are ideal for individuals who need full-time support, but whose primary care partners are unavailable during working hours. These programs provide assistance and supervision as well as social time and engaging activities geared to participants’ interests.
Hospice care is specifically for people who are in the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness. Hospice focuses exclusively on comfort and quality of life, though a person may decide to receive medical treatment separately from hospice care.
A person may receive hospice care at home or at an inpatient hospice center. In either setting, care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a hospice team member isn’t present, family members or close friends can call the hospice team for assistance.
Hospice care is family-centered. Family members and close friends can expect to have regular meetings with a hospice nurse or social worker.
Residential Care Homes
Residential care homes serve a small number of older adults in a home-like setting. The care provider usually lives in the home with the residents, who might have a broad range of support needs.
Choosing a new home is a significant decision, so take as much time as you need to explore your options. Think about what your needs and preferences are now, as well as what you might need and want in the future. Planning for the long-term can help you to avoid worries and stress down the road.
Consider where you want to live, what amenities you want to have available, and what you can afford in terms of monthly fees. If you have one or more other people moving with you, keep an open dialogue. Make sure everyone’s needs are considered.
If you’re looking on behalf of someone else, keep them actively involved. Bring them on visits or arrange for virtual walk-throughs and take their input seriously. Remember, they’re the ones who will be living in that new home.
Finally, keep in mind that housing is always an evolving need. What you need now might not be what you need five years or even five months down the road. Keep this guide handy and always feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to be your partners in this process.