Frequently Asked Questions
We understand choosing a senior living community is a big decision. We want to be a helpful resource, no matter where you are on your senior living journey. To guide you, we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our community. Of course, our team is always happy to answer your questions individually — call us anytime at (860) 248-6371.
What is independent living?
Independent living is a residential option that offers independent, active older adults the opportunity to enjoy their current lifestyles without the burden of home maintenance. At Essex Meadows, that means a rewarding, worry-free lifestyle in maintenance-free cottages or apartment homes with a wide array of services and amenities, as well as friends, right outside the door.
Is independent living in Essex, CT, the right choice?
Our independent living options are designed for seniors who want to maintain their current active lifestyle but have a smart plan in place for future senior residential care, if they need it. You’ll have the freedom to spend time with family and friends, take classes, work out, volunteer, even travel — knowing that trusted team members are looking after your home while you’re away.
Do residents have a voice in this community?
Residents are welcome to participate in Essex Meadows’ resident council and other committees focused on various aspects of community life. Residents can voice their opinions in decisions that affect programming, activities, outings and more.
May residents bring cars?
Most people who drive do, but with all the transportation options available as part of our service, a car isn’t a necessity. Many couples choose to keep one car instead of two, but the choice is yours. Garage space is available for an added monthly fee.
Assisted Living Services
What is assisted living like at Essex Meadows?
We want to support a person’s independence as much as possible. So we provide assisted living services — taking medicines, bathing, dressing, meals, transportation and housekeeping — in the comfort, privacy, and familiarity of the resident’s apartment or cottage.
Do residents need to move to assisted living apartments to receive support?
No. While many senior living communities require residents to move to specific assisted living apartments, the team at Essex Meadows will provide care within a senior’s independent living residence.
What if someone needs more care than is provided in assisted living?
At Essex Meadows, we also offer skilled nursing services in our health center, which is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report.
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing is a level of care for seniors who need greater attention while recovering from a hospital stay, or seniors with chronic conditions who need long-term care. Professional, compassionate support is delivered around-the-clock by licensed professionals, including registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. We also offer custom programs that encourage maximum social interaction and preserve dignity.
When is skilled nursing necessary?
Skilled nursing is commonly called for after an illness or injury, but situations are as varied as individuals. Candidates for long-term care have an ongoing health condition or permanent disability. They may suffer from chronic pain or the natural symptoms of advanced age that call for 24-hour medical supervision. These are some conditions that often require skilled care for seniors:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Cardiac failure
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Other major illness
- Hip or bone fracture
- Fall-related injury
- Orthopedic surgery
- Severe osteoarthritis
Is skilled nursing affordable at Essex Meadows?
Yes, our award-winning services are often a more affordable option for short- and long-term care than other alternatives. We accept private payment and traditional Medicare and some Managed Care Medicare plans.
Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?
They are similar in that each helps restore strength and mobility. However, occupational therapy improves a senior’s everyday life by elevating their ability to perform daily tasks, modifying the physical environment, and using adaptive techniques and equipment to increase independence.
What can someone expect from speech therapy?
Our skilled speech and language pathologists address swallowing dysfunction and communication challenges. They design treatment plans for each individual to help with language ability, provide alternate communication techniques, and recommend diet adjustments.
How often will a senior receive therapy services?
Each person receives an individualized treatment plan, based on medical certification by their doctor. Their individual plan addresses their current condition and specific rehabilitation needs. We will provide the most appropriate services as often as the senior’s therapy team recommends.
Who will be involved in providing care?
A team that includes a doctor, nurse, therapists, dietitian and social worker will provide care, guide the rehabilitation process, and work in partnership with the senior and their family members.
Is it necessary to be an Essex Meadows resident?
No. While we are committed to our lifecare residents, and they are our first priority, senior rehabilitation in Essex, CT, is open to local community individuals through direct admission to the Essex Meadows health center. We are Medicare-certified, accept most major insurance providers, and will guide each senior and their family through the administrative process.
What happens when someone is ready to return home?
Prior to discharge, the rehabilitation team will develop a plan that determines any equipment needs and in-home services that may be required. If a senior needs additional therapy, they may also visit the rehabilitation area on campus to continue outpatient therapy services.