Assisted Living Lifestyle

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions please contact the Belmont Village you are considering by using our community locator.

Services

What types of care services are available?

Belmont Village offers Assisted Living and memory care at all of our communities. Our programs are designed to let residents live self-directed, personally fulfilling lives that are carefully balanced with the support each resident needs. Every resident is assigned a Personal Assistance Liaison, or PAL, who is comprehensively trained to provide hands-on help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting and transferring.

Independent Living is available at some communities. This option was created especially for older adults who want the amenities and social opportunities available from Belmont Village, but don’t require additional support. Should their needs change, residents can make a seamless transition to Assisted Living.

Besides the initial assessment, are routine health assessments performed?

Yes. Each resident receives an Individual Life Plan before moving in and routine health assessments thereafter.

Is care available for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss?

Yes. The Belmont Village Person-Centered LivingĀ® program is an individually tailored, research-based program that allows residents to exercise their minds and memories every day. All of the exercises and activities are specially designed by the Belmont Village gerontologist to be adaptable to the abilities of each individual resident. Residents live in a separate, secured area within the Belmont Village community – our “Neighborhood” - where a staff specially trained in dementia care is on duty 24/7.

Are memory enrichment programs available for residents with mild cognitive impairment?

Yes. The Belmont Village Circle of FriendsĀ® program promotes confidence in social interactions and strengthens self-esteem while residents continue to live in their Assisted Living residences. Each community has a dedicated program coordinator and a specially trained staff who provides seven-day support that is interesting and appropriately challenging.

Does Belmont Village accept hospice patients?

Yes, however the number of hospice apartments available at any given time depends on the community. If no apartment is available, each Belmont Village community has a list of hospice facilities available in the surrounding area.

My loved one is moving from out of state and will need to have new doctors, specialists and other services - do you help with this?

To help make the transition easier, we provide a resource list for each of our new residents with everything you need - the nearest hospital, medical groups, transportation services, hospice, movers, pharmacy, notary, durable medical equipment providers - even pet groomers and more.

What happens if my loved one needs skilled nursing?

From time to time, residents may need rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility. We can assist residents and their families with locating a skilled nursing facility within a defined radius of our community. This allows us to follow up on our residents’ care and prepare for his or her return to Belmont Village. If a permanent transfer becomes necessary, we encourage families to visit http://www.medicare.gov/ to view the “Nursing Home Comparison” section, which rates nursing homes in an area based on ZIP codes within a 10-20 mile radius.

Staffing

How is the staff at Belmont Village trained?

Every member of our management and staff receives a minimum of 40 hours of training through an industry-leading program. The training is specifically designed to foster empathy for aging while covering job skills, safety, hospitality, communications, and personal and business values. Training includes 24 hours shadowing with another associate. Staff members who work with Alzheimer’s residents receive additional and specialized training.

Is there a licensed nurse on-site 24 hours per day?

Belmont Village is committed to high standards in safety, service and care, which includes nurses on-site 24 hours a day. To maintain Belmont standards, each is a trained Belmont Village employee. Medication is managed by our nurses, as are daily wellness checks and respite stays.

Is the staff screened before hiring?

Yes. Staff is screened for criminal, drug, license and competency.

Living Arrangements

Are different floor plans available?

Each Belmont Village community has a variety of floor plans to meet the needs and preferences of residents. Residences include studios, one-, and two-bedroom floor plans. Availability varies by community so please check with the specific Belmont Village that interests you.

Is it easy for people in wheelchairs to get around in the community?

Absolutely! Each Belmont Village has been built so that it is easy and safe for residents to get around. We accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

Can couples with different care needs live in the same apartment?

Yes. An assessment is conducted prior to move-in to determine whether Assisted Living, Circle of Friends or Dementia care would be suitable to meet the needs of new residents. This assessment allows us to determine if it is suitable for couples with different needs to remain together.

Can my loved one have overnight guests?

Yes. Ask our Community Relations Associates for details.

Are guest rooms available?

Yes. The cost per night varies per community and includes three meals per day. Please check with the community for availability.

Are pets allowed?

In most communities, pets are allowed if the resident is able to care for the pet. The resident must provide Belmont Village with copies of recent vaccinations and evidence that the pet is on a flea control program. Please check with the Belmont Village community that interests you to inquire about its specific policies.

Can residents transfer from one Belmont Community to another?

Yes. Your loved one can transfer to another community without having to pay the community fee again. The transition is easy from assessment to move-in.

Costs, Contracts and Financial Support

How is rent paid?

At Belmont Village, all residents pay monthly rent based on their apartment size. Rent includes all meals and snacks, activities, regular assessments and monitoring, weekly housekeeping, scheduled transportation, utilities and basic cable TV. An easy-to-understand schedule of supplemental support services is provided for additional care needs.

Is there a large upfront fee or buy-in?

No. We only require a nominal community fee to set up your residency.

Do you require a long-term contract?

No. Since rent is month to month, our Resident Service Agreement reflects your specific needs and costs, and provides for cancellation with 30 days notice.

Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid?

Medicare and Medicaid are not available funding sources for general expenses of assisted living. We accept private pay and long term care insurance.

Do you provide financial support to help offset rent and expenses?

Yes. Several options are available through our recommended list of experienced companies that assist residents with securing veterans benefits, benefits for homeowners, and insurance policy proceeds. Please see our Financial Solutions on this website.

Are my expenses tax deductible?

Costs of certain services may have a tax advantage. Please consult with your personal tax advisor to see if these advantages apply to you.

Amenities

What amenities are available to residents?

Every detail at Belmont Village has been carefully considered for the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of residents. All communities include comfortable great rooms and gathering places for spending time with family and friends, Josephine’s Kitchen where our chefs prepare fresh meals and snacks daily, Center for Learning with high speed Internet and email, specialized fitness center, salon for hair styling and nail care, special areas for socializing, and places to enjoy the outdoors. Please note that amenities may vary by community.

What about food service? Can you accommodate special diets?

At Belmont Village, residents and guests enjoy nutritious and delicious meals and snacks prepared daily by on-site chefs using only the freshest ingredients. Diners choose from more than 24 daily menu items and are served restaurant-style by a courteous and well-trained staff. We also accommodate residents with special diets. Additionally, arrangements can be made for private meals with family and friends.

What are some typical community events?

There’s always something to do at Belmont Village. From art classes to lectures to socials and excursions, our full-time activities director keeps the calendar filled with entertaining opportunities, including celebrations of all sorts. Residents are encouraged to choose activities that suit their own interests and to participate in as many as they like. Please ask the activities coordinator at the Belmont Village that you are considering for a sample activities calendar.

Do you provide transportation?

Belmont Village provides complimentary transportation for doctor’s visits and scheduled outings including trips to museums, performances, and for shopping. Individual transportation needs can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Do residents have access to computers?

Specially designed computers with high speed Internet access are available at our on-site Center for Learning. Residents can communicate with family and friends via e-mail and surf the web for information and entertainment. A trained staff is available to help residents with their computer skills.

Can families participate in some of the outings with their loved one(s)?

In most cases, the answer to this question is yes. However, please check with the Activity Programs Coordinator to ensure there is availability.

What physical activities are available to residents?

Residents are encouraged to participate in physical fitness classes at our Center for Life Enhancement. Under the direction of a licensed physical therapist, residents exercise on equipment chosen specifically for aging adults, and participate in fitness activities tailored to their individual needs and abilities.

What about housekeeping and laundry services?

Weekly linens are provided as part of the monthly rent. Individual laundry and additional housekeeping services can be provided at an additional charge.

About Belmont Village

How is Belmont Village licensed?

Every Belmont Village is licensed by the state in which it operates. Audits of operating conditions, including patient care and safety, are conducted regularly by the state. Belmont Village routinely receives high marks - often with zero deficiencies - during its annual inspections.

Is Belmont Village a publicly traded company?

We are a private company founded in 1997 and headquartered in Houston.

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