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We welcome and encourage the active participation of adult children (or other loved ones or care-givers) in the process of choosing Autumn Leaves and throughout the life of the resident in the community.

Following, we’ve addressed a number of questions that frequently arise. As you learn more about the community – or your retirement information search in general- other questions may arise. Give us a call. We invite you to call for a personal tour or for additional information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Autumn Leaves is a Continuing Care Retirement Community. We offer multiple levels of care on a “continuum” ranging from Independent Living, to Assisted Living, to Rehabilitative Care and Skilled Nursing. It’s comforting to know that whatever level of care is needed, it’s available within the family-like surroundings of Autumn Leaves.

No. Autumn Leaves is rather unique in that we have no long-term contracts; rather a simple month-to-month rental arrangement, much like an apartment. You retain control of your options and your finances.

No. Autumn Leaves is a “private pay” community.

Autumn Leaves has strong ties in the local community and throughout the Dallas medical community. As an example – many hospitals refer patients to Autumn Leaves for short-term rehabilitation, due to our excellent reputation and outcomes. Many times through the years, rehab patients have observed the friendly, family-like atmosphere in our Independent Living area, and have simply moved in permanently.

In addition, Autumn Leaves prides itself on its culture of “Whatever it Takes” in all areas of the community, to satisfy our residents and their families. That reputation gets around.

Autumn Leaves has strong ties in the local community and throughout the Dallas medical community. As an example – many hospitals refer patients to Autumn Leaves for short-term rehabilitation, due to our excellent reputation and outcomes. Many times through the years, rehab patients have observed the friendly, family-like atmosphere in our Independent Living area, and have simply moved in permanently.
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A tour of the community is a great place to start. We often provide tours and consultations to adult children or other loved ones to introduce the lifestyle and amenities of Autumn Leaves. Please call (214) 328-4161 for an appointment!

Glossary of Senior Living Terms

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Helping someone you love explore retirement community options often requires a little translation. This brief glossary will help you differentiate plans, services, and senior living options.

Most retirement communities require that residents have reached a given age before moving in. You’ll find 65+ is a common benchmark.

Assisted living communities typically provide services which allow the resident to maintain a degree of independence, while offering a helping hand with given tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and taking medications.

CCRCs are senior living communities that provide multiple lifestyle options and choices, generally including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing residences or suites.

In an independent living community, residents are capable of living in a residence with or without assistance.

Life Care is a term often used to distinguish communities that offer lifestyles and care—for life, with virtually no additional increase to monthly fees, whether a resident is in a residence or a residential health services program including assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing. By contrast, some CCRCs provide continuing care with a fee-for-service contract, requiring additional fees for living at higher levels of care.

Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance developed specifically to cover the cost of skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care and other long-term care services. These services are usually not covered by traditional health insurance or Medicare.

The federal health insurance program called Medicare is designed for people who are 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D cover specific services and care.

Financed by state and federal governments, Medicaid is the program of medical assistance designed for those unable to afford regular medical service—available to fund care in a skilled nursing setting.

A specialized type of care, memory care is tailored specifically for the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive disorders.

Skilled nursing care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes or health centers, are licensed health care communities that are inspected and regulated by a state’s Department of Health Services. They offer long- and short-term care for individuals who need rehabilitation services or who suffer from serious or persistent health issues that are often too complicated to be tended to at home.

Services designed to help an individual recover from an injury, operation, stroke, or illness. These may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and memory care. In most cases, services are planned to help the patient return as closely as possible to pre-challenge levels. The services may be residential (inpatient), or outpatient, and may be short- or long-term, depending on the needs of the patient.

The term retirement community encompasses a wide scope of variations—several of which are covered here. Rental communities, continuing care, Life Care, assisted living and skilled nursing care communities all fall within the spectrum, as do age-restricted communities of individually owned homes with common services and amenities.

Skilled nursing care communities offer daily nursing care, provided or supervised by licensed medical personnel.