Frequently Asked Questions

Making the decision to move into senior living can be complicated. If you have questions, it’s likely that others have had the same ones. Review our FAQs for memory care and assisted living below. If your questions aren’t answered, please reach out to our team, so we can help you!

Memory Care FAQs

Are behavioral changes normal with dementia?
Behavioral changes are most likely symptoms of the disease.
When do you know it’s time to move a parent to a Memory Care facility?
  1. It may be time to consider a move is when you begin to feel stress as a caregiver. It’s common for caregivers to feel overwhelmed in keeping up daily commitments while providing care for their parents or spouse.
  2. It may be time to move your parent to a memory care facility is when they are no longer safe at home. This includes the possibility of them wandering and not finding their way home, and balance issues which may make them a greater risk for falls.
  3. A decline in health is another sign that it may be time to consider a move to a memory care community. As memory loss sets in, so does the decline in your loved one’s ability to care for themselves. Often, people with dementia forget to eat, take medications, and care for themselves properly. This can lead to weight loss, neglected personal hygiene, and a hunched over appearance.
  4. Once an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis has been made, it is important to begin talking with your spouse or parent and looking for a memory care unit that will best meet their needs. While an immediate move may not be necessary, it is helpful to get their input while they may still be part of the decision making process.

Studies have shown that it is best to have your loved one move into a memory care community before more dangerous signs and symptoms surface. Additionally, moving to memory care in the earlier stages of the disease may make the transition much easier for all those involved.

What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Not everyone with dementia has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is just one type of dementia. Dementia is a group of symptoms which affect mental cognition such as memory and reasoning. Dementia is not a specific disease, rather an overall term. Symptoms include memory decline, poor judgment, a decreased attention span, decline in communication skills, and can include increased paranoia.

What kind of activities and programs does Grace Pointe have?
At Grace Pointe, we strive to provide engaging and purposeful activities, geared to each resident abilities and desires. We focus on exercise, music and art therapies, recreational outings, and social gatherings. We try to tap into those activities that our residents enjoyed before they moved to our community.
How much personal assistance will my parent get?
Each memory care resident has a personalized care plan to determine the level of assistance needed. If necessary, additional services can be added.
Does Grace Pointe have private rooms?
All of our rooms in Memory Care are private, with the exception of one companion room.
Is your staff trained in dementia care?
Our staff is trained regularly in dementia care.
How long can my loved one stay in Memory Care, and what would precipitate a move to a higher level of care?
Because our Alzheimer’s unit is assisted care, extreme changes in behavior, including physical aggression, unmanageable incontinence or mobility issues- the inability to transfer-could precipitate a move to a higher level of care.
Can I take my loved one home for a visit or out for lunch?
We do not restrict home visits or outings but realize that home visits may be an emotional challenge for both the resident and their family members. It also may become more challenging to take a loved one out in public places, especially to restaurants where sights and sounds can become magnified and confusing in an unfamiliar setting.
How often can I visit?
There is no rule of thumb. Visits from family members usually provide a sense of comfort and familiarity for our residents, but occasionally they are upsetting. In that case, we may ask that you refrain from frequent visits for a short time.
Should I tell my loved one beforehand if I decide to move them to Memory Care?
Again, this depends on your loved one’s level of cognition, and how you think she may accept the news. It’s usually best to avoid anticipation anxiety by not telling her that she will be moving until very close to the date. Moving anticipation anxiety may cause negative feelings which may escalate into extreme behaviors.
Do you provide respite care?
Yes we do! We offer both day programming and overnight stays for caregiver respite.

Assisted Living FAQs

Does Grace Pointe have any one bedroom apartments?

Yes, we offer one bedroom apartments. Contact us for availability.

Do you have a wait list?
It is common that we do. Contact us for availability.
If my loved one moves to a studio, can they be on a waitlist for a bigger room?
Absolutely! Our in- house residents have priority when a room of their choice becomes available.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies with the size of the apartments. In Assisted Living, we have several apartment sizes to choose from, including 8 different sized studios, several 1 bedroom options, and several one bedrooms with dens.
What are the lease terms at Grace Pointe?
Leases are month to month.
Will Medicare pay for it? Will insurance pay for it? Will the VA help?
Medicare will not pay for Assisted Living. Once qualified, long term care policies will pay for Assisted Living, and the Veterans Aid and Attendance program provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living.
How much care is offered at Grace Pointe?
Each resident moving in to Grace Pointe has an individual, personalized care plan. Our services are offered a la carte. As needs change, additional services can be added.
Do you have levels of care?
No. Our services vary according to need, and residents pay a la carte for the services they require.
Can you stay in assisted living for the rest of your life and add more services?
We hope so! If a move to a higher level of care may be necessary, Grace Pointe is a continuum of care community, and it is possible to move to our long term care for more services.
What activities are offered?
We have a wide variety of activities at Grace Pointe. Please see our activities calendar online.
Can we provide our own furniture?
Will someone help my parent find their way around?
Absolutely. We’re all here to help!
Do you provide transportation?
We provide transportation to all scheduled medical appointments.
How do I convince a loved one to leave home when they aren’t ready?
Even though your loved one may not want to admit it, they still realize on some level that they are not able to do all the things that they used to do. Avoid pressure, encourage her to be a part of the decision process, but let them know you are going to start looking into places that they might want to consider “down the road.” You may also want to point out that if they continue to stay in their home and their health declines, their options will be much more limited. Gather information, tour a few communities to determine which may be the best fit. Once you’ve narrowed it down, bring your loved one along for a visit. Sample activities and ask to stay for lunch!
What do I have to do to get a resident admitted?

Give Grace Pointe a call and our caring and knowledgable staff will walk through the process with you!

Long Term Care FAQs

What is long-term senior care, and when is it needed?

Long-term senior care is a comprehensive service designed to provide assistance and support for seniors who may require help with daily activities due to age-related challenges or medical conditions. It becomes necessary when individuals find it increasingly difficult to maintain their independence and well-being.

How do I know which type of long-term senior care is suitable for my loved one?

Our experienced care professionals at Grace Pointe will assess your loved one’s individual needs and recommend the most appropriate level of care. We believe in personalized care plans to ensure your loved one receives the best possible care. Use our Continuum of Care quiz here as a resource for you and your family’s care needs.

What is the cost of long-term senior care at Grace Pointe, and how can I afford it?

The cost of long-term senior care varies depending on the level of care and services required. Grace Pointe offers a continuum of care approach, ensuring you only pay for the care your loved one needs. We will work with you to explore financing options, including community resources for Medicaid and Veterans benefits, to make care more affordable.

Can I visit my loved one in long-term senior care at Grace Pointe of Greeley?

Yes, we encourage family visits and understand the importance of staying connected. We also encourage you to enjoy activities and events to see the life of Grace Pointe experienced by your family members.  There are some guidelines for visiting after hours to ensure the safety and comfort of the Grace Pointe residents, which can be discussed with our staff.

How can I learn more about Grace Pointe's long-term senior care options?

You can explore more details about our long-term senior care services on our Long-Term Care Services page. Feel free to contact our team for specific information and to request a tour.

How can Grace Pointe of Greeley help ensure that I don't pay for services my loved one doesn't need in the long term?

At Grace Pointe, we understand the importance of affordability in long-term senior care. We offer a continuum of care approach, which means we tailor care plans to your loved one’s specific needs. By doing so, we ensure that you only pay for the necessary services, maximizing affordability while maintaining high-quality care. To learn more about how we achieve this, please refer to our blog on Ensuring Long-Term Senior Care Affordability: What if my parents run out of money?

Can I modify my loved one's care plan if their needs change over time?

Yes, we understand that care needs can change. At Grace Pointe, we regularly review care plans and adjust them to accommodate changing requirements to ensure your loved one receives the best care.