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Frequently Asked Questions

Transitioning into a Watermark senior living community.

Deciding on the best living situation for an aging loved one can be one of the most challenging decisions a family can face. Whether you're just starting to explore senior living options or are nearing a decision, it's natural to have numerous questions and concerns. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we understand the emotional and practical questions you have about this transition. 

This FAQ page is designed specifically for adult children and family members looking for answers on moving their loved one into a senior living community. Here, we provide detailed answers to common questions about our amenities and services, communities, and the overall lifestyle at Watermark. Our goal is to offer clarity and support as you navigate this important decision, ensuring that you feel confident and informed every step of the way.

Let's explore together how a Watermark community might be the right choice for your family, providing not just a place to live but a place to thrive.

The decision to move into a retirement community varies by individual and depends on factors like health, independence level, and personal preference. Generally, it might be time to consider senior living when daily tasks become challenging, social isolation occurs, or more advanced care needs begin to surface.

Signs that suggest assisted living may be needed include noticeable declines in home upkeep, personal hygiene, health or safety, increased isolation, and difficulty managing medications or finances.

Watermark offers a range of care options, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care neighborhoods. Some communities offer skilled nursing and short-term stays, ensuring that residents receive the appropriate level of support while maintaining as much independence as possible.

Costs vary depending on the type of care, location, and specific amenities chosen. Watermark provides transparent pricing models and can offer guidance on financial planning for prospective residents and their families. Contact the specific community you're interested in to learn more. 

Yes, several financial assistance options are available, including long-term care insurance, veterans benefits, and possibly Medicaid, depending on individual circumstances. Visit our Financial Planning Guide to learn more. 

When choosing a community, consider factors such as the types of care offered, available amenities, community location, resident satisfaction, and nearby medical facilities. Visiting communities to get a feel for the environment and talking to current residents and associates are also invaluable.

Watermark communities enhance quality of life by providing comprehensive support, a wide range of amenities, engaging activities, and vibrant community life designed to foster independence and well-being.

Absolutely! Watermark understands the important role pets play in our lives and offers pet-friendly accommodations across many of our communities.

Residents at a Watermark senior living community can enjoy a variety of programs, such as fitness classes, educational workshops, social clubs, and cultural outings. Amenities often include gourmet dining, fitness centers, pools, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Watermark communities have trained associates who are available 24/7 to handle emergencies. We also have protocols in place to respond quickly to medical situations and coordinate with local hospitals if necessary.

Independent living is suited for seniors who can live independently but want the convenience of assistance with some tasks. Assisted living provides more comprehensive support with daily activities. Memory care offers specialized support for those with memory impairments, including Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Family members are encouraged to visit their loved ones as often as they like. Watermark believes in maintaining strong family connections and offers flexible visiting hours to accommodate this.

Approach the conversation with empathy and respect, focusing on the benefits and the improved quality of life they can experience. Listening to their concerns and visiting communities together can also help ease the transition. Read our tips on how to prepare to have the conversation about transitioning to a senior living community. 

Safety is a priority at Watermark, with secure facilities, emergency response systems, and associates trained in safety protocols to ensure a safe environment for all residents.

Watermark offers various programs to support mental and emotional health, including counseling, social activities to prevent isolation, and wellness programs that cater to both physical and mental health.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please get in touch with us at 760-826-2900.


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