Memory Care Frequently Asked Questions
Assistance with all activities of daily living (ADLs) including cueing, bathing, dressing, grooming, ambulation, and transferring. In addition, medication management and administration by a Licensed Nurse is included in your monthly fee at The Cottage.
Our comprehensive fee also includes Cypress Cove’s renowned cuisine featuring three restaurant quality meals served daily, snacks, housekeeping, personal laundry and linen services, maintenance, cable TV, Wi-Fi, activities, and transportation to physician appointments.
Personal care items such as toiletries, incontinence and medical supplies, salon and spa services. Medications may be submitted to Medicare and/or supplemental insurance.
Individual phone service is available for an additional fee however, each of the four households at The Cottage feature their own direct dial number for easy access to your loved one.
The Cottage accepts most Long-term Care Insurance and Veterans’ Aid and Attendance benefits. We would be happy to provide you with a review of your LTC policy.
All of the activities and programs at The Cottage are created and supervised by our full-time Certified Recreational Therapist. The Cottage features a person-centered care model which means all activities are specifically designed around the needs and interests of our current residents.
One of the most important considerations when choosing a care facility for your loved one is the number of care providers for each resident. The Cottage provides industry-leading staffing ratios, including on-site licensed nurses 24 hour a day, 7 days a week.
The Cottage features 44 private residences located within 4 distinct households. Each household at The Cottage features 11 units, all with their own private bathroom and shower, designed for comfort, safety, and privacy.
Our unique, custom-designed households feature their own kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, and private parlors. Moreover, all of our households are located under one roof, in a safe, secure environment. Our more active residents may travel from household to household to enjoy activities, or just visit with friends.
Each household at The Cottage has residents with varying stages of Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. The Cottage was specifically designed to accommodate residents who are in early stages of dementia to the final stages of the disease for several reasons: based on the latest research and best practices in Memory Care, differentiating by care level is not recommended for residents diagnosed with cognitive impairments.
If our residents were separated by care level, we would need to move them from unit to unit, and household to household, as they progressed. We understand that The Cottage is more than a Memory Care Facility, it is our residents’ home. Any move or disruption can be traumatic for our residents and thus, we take extraordinary measures to create a calm and relaxing environment, and reduce unnecessary anxiety.
The inclusive monthly fee is $7,260 ($242 per day) and includes assistance with all activities of daily living (ADLs) and medication administration and management by a Licensed Nurse. Three restaurant quality meals daily, nutritious snacks, housekeeping, maintenance, personal laundry and linen services, cable TV, and Wi-Fi are also included in the monthly fee.
Yes, The Cottage has a Standard Assisted Living and Extended Congregate Care (ECC) License. For more information on our licensure, please visit our licensure page.
Yes, The Cottage is pet friendly. Dogs and cats are permitted with restrictions. Please inquire for additional details.
Yes, landlines are available at The Cottage at the resident’s expense. Each our four households at The Cottage feature their own direct dial number for easy access to your loved one.
Yes, wall mounted TV’s are included in every resident unit. Cable TV in included in the monthly fee.
No, we currently do not offer-short term respite care at The Cottage.
Yes, private pay residents at The Cottage have access to physical, speech, and occupational therapy at The Mead Therapy Center with a physicians’ order. Residents at The Cottage have priority access to The Lodge however, only Lifecare members have guaranteed access.
We offer the latest technology and telemedicine by our on-site Medical Director. The Cottage has a full-time, on-site Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and access to specialty physicians including a Podiatrist, Psychiatrist, and Dermatologist.
Yes, there is a 100% refundable deposit of $3,000 required to join the wait list at The Cottage. Often, we have units available for immediate occupancy however, at times the wait for admission may be several months. We recommend that you plan ahead if you are considering placement for a loved one. See “Why is it important to plan ahead”
Residents at The Cottage enjoy the same renowned cuisine featured at our other restaurants on Cypress Coves’ campus. We feature daily specials, “anytime” dining options, and an extensive alternative and finger food menu. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions and special diets.
Moreover, because we offer truly person-centered care at The Cottage, special dining requests are not only accommodated but encouraged! And, friends and family are always welcome to join us for meals, holidays, and special events.
Yes, we allow visitors at The Cottage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The primary caregiver (POA/HCS) is provided with an individual access code that will grant you access to The Cottage at any time. Overnight stays are permitted at The Cottage.
Families are encouraged to join us for regularly scheduled activities, meals, monthly “Friends and Family Events,” quarterly family meetings, educational seminars, or just a quiet visit in one our beautifully appointed parlors or family rooms.
Residents are permitted to leave The Cottage as long their caregiver notifies the Household Assistant and/or nurse and sign-out, and in.
While every situation is different, there are several reasons why caregivers seek placement for a loved one in a specifically designed Memory Care Facility like The Cottage including:
- Socialization and/or the ability to engage in activities in a calm, safe, and supportive environment
- Isolation, embarrassment, depression, and/or anxiety
- Changing sleep patterns and/or lack of sleep
- Financial implications of 24/7 home care
- Caregiver burnout: ”The end of my rope is frayed!”
- Hospitalization and/or rehab stay
- Physician and/or healthcare professional recommendation
- Death of a spouse or caregiver
Whatever the reason, we understand that the decision to seek placement for a loved one in a Memory Care Facility is an incredibly difficult and stressful experience. We strive to provide support not only to the residents entrusted in our care but also the family caregivers who truly become a part of our extended “Cottage Family.”
Ideally, the best time to seek placement for your loved one is when you are under the least amount of pressure, and your loved one can still engage and benefit from their new environment. We strongly recommend that you plan ahead if you are considering placement for a loved one. The following are a few other recommendations:
- Do your research. Ask for recommendations and/or referrals from professionals in the community, such as your physician, social worker, and/or the local support organizations such as LINK to Dubin and Alzheimer’s Association.
- Review state surveys available at http://ahca.myflorida.com/ and www.medicare.gov
- Plan to visit at least 2-3 communities, even if you have a favorite.
- Schedule a tour in advance and allow plenty of time for questions. We do not mind if you have to cancel, even at the last minute!
- Determine in advance if it is best to bring your loved one along. This is typically not recommended when visiting a Memory Care Facility like The Cottage however, every situation is different.
While we operate under both a Standard Assisted Living and Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license at The Cottage, there are times when a resident’s care needs exceed our regulations, including if the resident requires skilled nursing care or short-term rehabilitation services.
We do offer Hospice services at The Cottage which may allow residents who might not otherwise meet the Florida State requirements to remain in our care. Please contact the Healthcare Marketing Specialist for additional details regarding these regulations.
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