Coming to terms with moving a parent into independent living, a care facility can be personal and enriching
The decision to move a parent from their residence into a retirement facility is not easy to come to terms with. However, at Vi at Silverstone, a resort-style living facility in Scottsdale, the change is made easier. Gail Rankin, executive director of Vi at Silverstone, discusses how the transition is both a personal, yet positive life decision.
Q: How does one know if his or her parents are in need of a facility?
A: Without community, we are targeted towards independent living. We offer an enriching lifestyle for older adults. They are making (the decision to move into a facility) for themselves, without all the emotions and trauma of someone who is looking for a nursing facility.
Q: What are the different options available?
A: We are a continuing care retirement community. We offer 25 different floor plans for independent living. We also have a care center on site, offer assisted living, a memory support unit for (people) with Alzheimer’s, and also a skilled nursing unit.
Q: What amenities should one look for in a facility?
A: I think that in our case, residents who choose this lifestyle really need to find a fit for them. They need to find a community that offers things that are important to them. We offer a full-time fitness instructor, gourmet dining, three dining venues, a bank on premises, salon and spa, housekeeping services, all maintenance. They enjoy a very enriching lifestyle. It is very much resort-style living.
Q: What are the costs for a parent to stay at your independent living facility?
A: They can start as low as $3,000 and range to $5,000 per month for independent living. This includes a meal a day, housekeeping, and maintenance. It’s a very worry-free lifestyle. (People) are able to enjoy their life without the burden of home ownership.
Q: What factors should be considered when making the final decision to move a parent into an adult care facility?
A: One of the benefits of making a decision for yourself is that you can find the best fit for you. We offer many opportunities for residents to make connections. It’s a very personal decision, but they need to do their homework. Most of the people that we see are very well informed. There’s the Arizona Department of Health Services, FAQs, and surveys of care venues to look at.
Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?
A: The folks that come to us for independent living are looking for a life-care contract. They want to be in a community to enjoy the things that they’ve always enjoyed.
Vi at Silverstone
23005 N. 74th St., Scottsdale