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Frequently Asked Questions All About Bethesda Senior Living Communities

What type of care does Bethesda Senior Living Communities (BSLC) offer?

All of our communities provide long-term and short-term assisted living. Many offer dedicated memory care neighborhoods, and select communities have independent living options. All communities have a well-trained team of professionals dedicated to serving all the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our residents. Our goal is to provide a stimulating environment where residents get to know each other and our team by name. Find out what level of care each of our communities offers, or visit our directory to find a community near you.

What makes BSLC unique?

We have deep roots in the communities where we operate. BSLC is committed to seniors, so we do everything we can to support our local communities nationwide. While some companies view their facilities as profit-making investments that may be bought and sold when convenient, we are a faith-based not-for-profit organization, meaning our primary investment is in our residents—now and in the future.

How does being a not-for-profit organization affect your residents?

Although we are a national organization, we strive to maintain deep connections with our local communities. All of our communities are intimate and close-knit environments, where our residents are able to get to know each other and our teams. Our mission is to invest in our residents and our communities so that we are able to focus on providing the best care rather than bottom-line profits. Additionally, we re-invest in a variety of nonprofit organizations whose missions we believe align with our own. Learn more about how we give back and our philosophy of business for benevolence.

What opportunities are available to potential team members?

We are always interested in hearing from people who want to join our faith-based organization and serve our residents. All of our communities provide a rewarding work environment and a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as ongoing training programs to ensure our teams are up-to-date on the latest in industry advances and standards of care. We provide our team members with more than 20 hours of online and face-to-face training every single year. We continually share best practices in resident care, choice, and privacy, as well as the latest in aging research with our teams. BSLC was recently recognized among the top 10% of senior living organizations for investment in team member training and development.

When is assisted living appropriate?

Assisted living becomes appropriate when an otherwise active senior begins having a little trouble getting proper nutrition, maintaining the household or personal care routines, or remembering to take medications. We are staffed 24 hours a day with nurses, medication aides and friendly support team. Together, we ensure our assisted living residents have the help they need when they need it. We provide our residents with maximum privacy and autonomy in an attentive and caring environment.

What is the difference between independent living and assisted living?

Independent living offers active seniors a maintenance-free lifestyle with access to our beautiful grounds and common areas, housekeeping and laundry services, and a vibrant social life. Independent living is ideal for residents who have no medical issues that require daily assistance or monitoring—and thus maintain an independent life in their private apartment. As needs progress, residents may transition to assisted living where around-the-clock care is available. In assisted living, we can help with activities such as dressing, bathing, medication management, and more.

Why not a nursing home?

Nursing homes are not the catch-all solution they once were considered to be, primarily because most people do not want to be in one. Nursing homes are designed to provide patients with ongoing, intensive medical and nursing services. And to do this well they must be both intrusive and pricey. For seniors whose health has deteriorated to the point where acute medical intervention is required regularly, the cost and restrictive living environment of a nursing home begins to make sense. But there’s a huge stretch of road between retirement and the nursing home. Our residents enjoy active, productive lives with just the right amount of support 24 hours a day. They can discover their independence, their tastes, their hobbies and their worth, while getting the support they need when they need it.

Do BSLC communities work with someone with dementia (or Alzheimer's disease)?

Yes. Seniors in the beginning stages of dementia may be most comfortable in assisted living, which all of our communities offer. Those with more advanced needs may find one of our many memory care communities a better option. Our memory care communities provide the most intensive care and supervision, as well as specialized activities to engage our residents’ minds. We offer both private and companion apartments in 24-hour secure environments. Our compassionate teams work with each resident and family to create an environment where residents can succeed and thrive while maintaining as much familiarity as possible.

Do you charge a flat fee or are there hidden costs and extra fees?

We offer a variety of resources and financial options to help assist seniors and their families to be able to afford the retirement lifestyle that meets their expectations. Our fees are easy to understand, and never hidden. The apartment monthly fee includes: restaurant-style dining, laundry and maintenance, activities and wellness programs, and some transportation. Most residents will pay an additional fee based on their level of care assessment. These fees cover the cost of the additional support their needs require, including: nursing, medication management or administration, bathing, dressing and other personal services. We look forward to walking through how our fees will work for you or your loved one during your visit.

Do you allow pets?

It wouldn’t be home without your furry, finned or feathered friend. We encourage residents to bring their faithful companions, and we offer referrals for services such as dog walking.

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