Assisted Living FAQs
What is assisted living?
Assisted living offers seniors the help they need with the tasks of daily living, a residential community that supports and encourages their independence, and opportunities to live a full and engaging life.
What is assisted living not?
Assisted living is not a nursing home. The typical Carillon resident may need assistance with medications, meals, housekeeping and other activities, but is not chronically ill.
Is Carillon a licensed provider of assisted living? Does that really matter?
Yes – and Yes! High quality providers of assisted living, like Carillon, have one thing in common – they are licensed and regulated by the state. Licensing ensures appropriate staffing levels, physician-certified care plans, staff training, and medication administration. Don’t assume a provider is licensed just because they call themselves “assisted living.” A quick look around the entrance will tell you if it is a licensed community or not, as the state requires licenses to be displayed prominently at the entrance.
Is there a doctor or nurse on duty?
Each community has a licensed nurse available as needed. Assisted living providers are not required to employ a full-time nurse, but Carillon has chosen to do so.
Do you have a house physician?
No. Residents continue to see their own physicians. Carillon is available to assist residents with transportation to their doctor’s office as needed. Occasionally, a physician will travel to Carillon to see his or her patient in the community, and space is provided for that purpose.
What accommodations are available?
Carillon offers residents a choice of either suite or studio accommodations, private or semi-private apartments.
What services and amenities are included in the monthly rate?
- Three delicious, nutritious meals in the community dining room
- Medication management
- Regular and often daily wellness activities, social events and devotional services
- Shopping and leisure excursions in the community van
- Coordination with a resident’s personal physician
- Utilities (excluding telephone and cable TV)
- Housekeeping and personal laundry services
If my health needs change while living at Carillon, will I automatically have to move into a skilled nursing facility?
Not necessarily. Some residents receive physical therapy, home health, and even hospice in their home at Carillon. Others leave for post-surgical rehabilitation and look forward to coming back home as quickly as possible.
Can I live in assisted living if I need a wheelchair or walker to get around?
Yes. In fact, we encourage seniors who need assistance with ambulation to live with us at Carillon.
Does this mean that you can prevent resident falls?
Unfortunately, no. It is important to be aware that no assisted living community can prevent resident falls. What Carillon does do is provide an environment and services that encourage an active, healthful approach to living. Staying active is one of the best ways to prevent falls.
What are Carillon’s visiting hours?
When you live at Carillon, it is no different than living at home—this is your new home, on your terms. You are free to welcome and entertain guests as you please.
The only exception relates to those residents with memory impairments who live in our Garden Place; their access is limited for their own protection.
Do I have to give notice if I decide to move out?
Yes, as detailed in our Resident Agreement, we require a 14-day notice.
Do I have to sign a lease?
Our communities offer month-to-month leases and accommodate short-term respite stays. There are no hidden costs and no fluctuating fees after you move in.
May I bring my own furnishings to my apartment?
Absolutely. This is your home and you should have all the comforts and furnishings to which you are accustomed.
To learn more about assisted living care and services, visit the following resource organizations online:
- Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
- AARP – Assisted Living Forum