FOR EVERY Q, A GOOD A.
The answers below are intended to provide a range of insights about senior living, but they’re no substitute for what you’ll learn during a visit to our unique healthy living community. Explore the questions and answers – and get in touch to schedule a conversation and tour.
INDEPENDENT LIVING FAQ
IF I CAN STAY IN MY HOME, WHY IS INDEPENDENT LIVING BETTER?
The Langford offers a unique setting for friendship, social interaction and meaningful activities – all designed to create a healthy living community of opportunity and fulfillment. If you don’t want to cook, you can have all your meals in our restaurant-style dining room or Fireside Bistro. And if your family has ever voiced concerns for your safety in that house of yours, you’ll have staff nearby 24/7 here. On the other hand, it’s proven that living alone typically means reduced social interaction – and that’s hard on your health.
Can my grandchildren, family and friends visit?
Your guests are always welcome and are invited to indulge in many of The Langford’s amenities with you – including recreational activities, dining and educational events. And, by the way, you can reserve a guest room for family, friends and prospective residents.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are welcome. As a pet-friendly campus, we love the cats and small dogs of our residents. Please ask about our pet policy and approval process when you visit.
Will I have a voice in my community?
Residents are encouraged to actively participate in decisions that affect programming, dining, activities and outings. The community’s resident council is a vital part of community life, and residents are encouraged to participate.
Do I own my Independent Living apartment home?
As is typical of a CCRC, The Langford owns and maintains the property. With your entrance deposit and monthly service fees, you’re entitled to live in your residence as long as you can live independently – with neither property taxes nor property insurance, because you’re not the homeowner.
How much is my entrance deposit?
Your entrance deposit will be comparable to College Station-area home values, and is otherwise determined by the floor plan you choose. When you leave the community, your deposit is as much as 90% refundable.
Why can’t I just rent this?
The Langford doesn’t provide an option for month-to-month rates on independent living – and for good reason. With your entrance deposit, you secure lifetime discounts on assisted living, memory care, rehab and skilled nursing – and you’ll discover how important that is if you develop a need for long-term care (it’s estimated 7 in 10 will). Communities that provide similarly enriched lifestyle settings for senior living with entrance deposits will typically charge market rates for the levels of care. A rental contract can be flexible upfront because it’s sacrificing your long-term stability and security.
If I live to be 109 and run out of savings, what happens next?
As a member of the MRC family, we’re upholding a tradition of never evicting residents who, through no fault of their own, deplete their finances. We can tell you more about this when you visit, but take confidence in knowing there’s a Benevolent Care Program, supported by free-will contributions from friends, families, residents and others, that helps residents who reach a point of financial need.
Health Services FAQ.
Which level of living is the right choice?
When you think your loved one may need more assistance than Independent Living provides, start with a physician’s evaluation. Once medical and daily living needs are assessed, our professional team will meet with you and your loved one to answer questions, provide information and help you reach the best decision for your loved one and your family. And remember: Every resident at The Langford in every level of living will have a rich array of opportunities from which they can create a rewarding, satisfying healthy living lifestyle, because we’re a healthy living community.
What is a CCRC?
The traditional CCRC (continuing care retirement community) is an integrated community of services anchored in Independent Living. If residents’ health declines, they can move through the additional levels of living to meet their changing needs – into Assisted Living, for example, for assistance with the tasks of daily life, or Skilled Nursing’s wrap-around of medical and support services – or even Memory Support, when individuals develop Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of age-related dementia. The continuum of care in a CCRC is designed to keep residents within the community as long as possible, where their social network will continue to sustain their well-being.
What is a Healthy Living Community?
An MRC Healthy Living Community supports seniors with minimal disruptions to their lifestyle, offering them programs that keep them living the fullest life they possibly can for as long as they possibly can from the comfort of their MRC residences. In other words, an MRC Healthy Living Community remains focused on healthy living for each resident – even if they need Assisted Living or other health services. At The Langford, which is an MRC Healthy Living Community, we’ll help you live healthily for as long as possible – that is, how you want to live, no matter where.
What’s Assisted Living?
For those who can still live independently but need extra assistance with daily tasks – taking medication, bathing, dressing, meals, housekeeping, transportation and other everyday needs – Assisted Living may be just what’s needed. Designed to maintain a person’s important sense of independence, Assisted Living offers the resident a team of nurses and other caregivers who are accessible 24/7.
Who handles my Rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation may be considered short-term Skilled Nursing, because Rehabilitation services are offered in the Skilled Nursing area. Those who need greater care while recovering from a hospital stay, and those recovering from illness, injury, surgery or stroke, will often be referred for Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation teams usually include a doctor, nurse, social worker and dietician, plus the therapists who’ll provide care. This team will guide the Rehabilitation process, and work in partnership with you and your family members. But who’s in charge? You are. Because your determination is the key to your success.
Assisted Living FAQ
Are the apartment homes furnished?
No. Assisted Living services should help you feel and function more independently, and having your familiar furniture and belongings with you underscores your independence. You’re free to furnish and decorate as you wish, with treasured furniture and belongings – or you might prefer to make a fresh start with new pieces that make everyday living even more comfortable.
Is there a calendar of activities?
Every day offers opportunities. You’re encouraged to nurture friendships and join activities where you can socialize, be entertained or educated, or pursue your hobbies and other interests. Assisted Living residents also have access to many of the events and services of The Langford.
Are there off-campus events?
In addition to private transportation services for physician visits and other needs, there are frequent group shopping, dining and entertainment excursions to many popular off-campus venues.
What if Assisted Living isn’t enough?
As a CCRC, we offer a continuum of care. In addition to Assisted Living, we provide Memory Support, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. These programs provide round-the-clock care for residents who are recovering from illness or injury, or who need more long-term supervision or support. So if it happens that the services provided in Assisted Living aren’t sufficient for the level of need, we’ll already be prepared to recommend the additional health services required, and assist in making that transition as easy as it can possibly be.
Memory Support FAQ.
What is Memory Support?
Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, diminishes an individual’s ability to manage daily life. So, care provided at The Langford – from dining to staffing to activities – is designed around supporting the resident in every moment, enabling them to have a successful day. Specially trained professionals work together with the resident and their family members to create structure, familiar schedules and surroundings, all in a secure and uniquely safe environment that promotes purpose and celebrates accomplishments.
What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning and the ability to remember) that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. Dementia itself isn’t a disease, though it often accompanies diseases like Alzheimer’s. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in substances, such as hormones or vitamins. In contrast, Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for 60-80% of dementia (per WebMD and other sources). It’s a progressive, degenerative brain disease affecting parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. 1 in 8 people over age 65 have Alzheimer’s, and it affects women more than men.
Is Memory Support staff trained in any special way?
Yes, those who provide services in this specialized area are people with a knack for working with Memory Support residents. Carefully selected and trained Memory Support staff members have the gift of being person-centered in their interactions and, given their compassionate temperament, bring exceptional patience, gentleness and a passion for consistently providing dignified and respectful care to our Memory Support residents and their families.
Skilled Nursing FAQ.
When is Skilled Nursing needed?
It’s the long-term answer to a long-term need. When an illness is acute but not so that it requires hospitalization, and when home care and outpatient care are inadequate to manage that illness, that’s when Skilled Nursing is needed. Some conditions that often require Skilled Nursing include:
- Cardiac failure
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Severe osteoarthritis
- Other major illness
What’s the difference between short- and long-term Skilled Nursing?
Short-term Skilled Nursing often means Rehabilitation, a set of services provided under the auspices of the Skilled Nursing area. When the treatment program is completed, and Rehabilitation goals are met, the resident can return home. Long-term Skilled Nursing is for the prolonged treatment of acute illness.
When my loved one needs Skilled Nursing, what information do I need?
You can improve the effectiveness of the treatment plan when you prepare the right information before admission.
- Health insurance, with policy numbers of private medical insurance, prescription plan, Medicare/Medicaid and long-term care insurance, plus vision and dental (if applicable).
- Medical information, with doctor and pharmacy contact, medical diagnoses, allergies and drug sensitivities, health history and a health event log with hospitalizations, surgeries and major health events (if any).
- Medications, including (for each) the name, dosage, how and when to take it, why it was prescribed, start and stop dates, whether monitoring is required, the doctor who prescribed it and if there are any side effects.
- If you hold the patient’s Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, bring a copy. If you have a copy of their advance medical directives, such as a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order or a POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form, please bring it.
What Rehabilitation therapies are available?
In Crestview’s Skilled Nursing, which provides Rehabilitation for residents of The Langford, 5 therapies are available for short-term Rehabilitation. Physical therapy helps you regain strength, mobility and balance. Occupational therapy can improve the ability to perform everyday tasks. And speech therapy enhances communication and eating or swallowing skills. Two additional therapies are specialties not commonly found in Rehabilitation services: IV therapy to speed antibiotics to the point of need, and wound care to accelerate healing.
What’s the difference between physical and occupational therapy?
Physical therapy addresses a core set of skills – strength, mobility and balance – that can help you avoid falls and stay healthy. Occupational therapy, while tapping into the same skill set, improves your readiness for your social and physical environment. That means training or retraining (when necessary) in such areas as dressing, bathing, eating and grooming; activities for memory, orientation and cognitive integration; and exercises to maintain normal joint movement to reduce the effects of arthritis or other conditions.
How often will I receive therapy services?
Treatment plans are individualized to conditions and specific needs, based on medical certification by your doctor. The therapy team recommends a schedule of services after reviewing your treatment plan. So, for example, it wouldn’t be unusual for a healthy 64-year-old woman to have an hour of physical and occupational therapy every day, six times per week, for three weeks after her hip surgery. But a less healthy 88-year-old man recovering from the same surgery, with complications, might recover much more slowly. For him, a schedule of 20 minutes per day, on alternating days if he gets too tired, may be more appropriate. Count on this: Your specialists will work closely with the most important person on the team, you.