Frequently Asked Questions
When is the right time for my parents to move into a senior living community?
Everyone’s situation is unique, but we believe the best time is when your family member is still actively independent and in good health, allowing them to take full advantage of the maintenance-free, freedom-filled and socially-engaging lifestyle of a senior living community. One of the key advantages of The Carrington at Lincolnwood is the range of residential and healthcare lifestyles offered – Independent Living, for vibrant, carefree seniors; Assisted Living, for someone who may require a bit of assistance with daily activities; and Memory Care, for those who are challenged with Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia. This spectrum of living options supports “aging in place” – the assurance of knowing additional levels of care are available at the community, if needed at some future date.
What are the advantages of a rental community, versus one that requires an entrance fee?
It’s a matter of control. Residents of The Carrington at Lincolnwood will pay a simple monthly fee, without long-term contracts. They won’t tie up their savings or investments, and will remain in control of their financial future.
Is my family member free to decorate their residence?
Absolutely! They can make themselves right at home, furnishing and decorating as they choose.
How will I know if it’s time for my loved one to consider Assisted Living?
That’s a great question. Having been around your parent or other loved one over a period of years, you may be seeing them begin to slow down, or possibly observing certain day-to-day functions, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating and remembering to take medications becoming a challenge. It’s normal to find yourself questioning how realistic it is for them to continue to live on their own, and to be concerned for their safety and well-being.
Quite often, it’s these types of initial observations that cause family members to begin the process of seeking supportive living options, such as those found through Assisted Living at The Carrington at Lincolnwood.
This information is helpful, but sometimes I just don’t know where to start.
Don’t feel as if you’re the only one. Facing decisions affecting the health and well-being of a loved one are difficult, even frightening. Please think of us here at The Carrington at Lincolnwood as a trusted resource you can turn to; a friend who can offer objective education and guidance. Give us a call; we would be happy to help you sort through questions and concerns. In the meantime, we have provided information below about a number of commonly referenced terms, as well as details about other supportive senior lifestyle organizations and resources.
We’re excited to move to The Carrington but feel quite overwhelmed by the prospect of actually downsizing and planning the move. Any advice?
Yes! We know that making a move can be pretty intimidating. That’s why we’ve partnered with Moving Station – a national leader in senior relocation – to work with our new residents as they plan their moves. The Carrington’s Personal Relocation Manager will help you every step of the way with sound, experienced advice on elements such as:
- Selling your home
- Organizing and downsizing
- Securing your veteran or long-term care insurance benefits
- Arranging temporary housing (if needed)
- Selecting and managing a van line
Utilizing the services of Moving Station will simplify every step of the process – and significantly reduce your stress. Working with Moving Station is Moving Made Easy®
(Note: The consulting services offered through the Personal Relocation Manager is free – as our gift to you. Expenses incurred in hiring packers, movers, etc., are the responsibility of the resident.)