Why Different Levels of Care Is Important When Choosing a Senior Living Community

Aug 14, 2020 | Senior Living

What you may not know is that it’s one of the most important things to consider when choosing where to spend your golden years, says Deborah Strickland, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Village at Gainesville, a senior living rental community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory support.

“Providing several options of care stems from the idea of helping seniors age in place – that is, enabling them to live their best life possible while remaining in a community and home they know and love,” she says. “Moving to a senior living community like The Village at Gainesville – a place where all levels of care are provided on campus – means that seniors and their loved ones know that they will always have a home in place, no matter how their health needs may change in the future.”

For decades, the idea of moving into “a home” has been anathema to the older generation, and many have clung stubbornly to living in their family home for as long as possible. This can actually be counterproductive, says Deborah, because it can hasten the need to move into a community.

“Most family homes aren’t set up to help seniors age in place,” she explains. “Between stairs, home maintenance, cooking for oneself and a layout that’s more suited to a young family versus seniors, you have a recipe for an accident that could force your loved one to move to a community before they’re ready.”

That’s why, Deborah says, it’s important for seniors and their loved ones to think about their long-term health care needs and choose a community that works for their present and their future … and move into one before it’s direly needed.

“Today’s senior living communities are a far cry from the nursing homes of old,” she says. “Instead, we’re seeing that so many seniors are looking forward to and excited about moving to a community because it means freedom, friendships and choice. A community like The Village at Gainesville provides maintenance-free living, a comprehensive five-star lifestyle and a full continuum of care so that residents can truly age in place … while still having the independence, excitement and opportunities that they’re looking for in their golden years.”

What does this look like at The Village at Gainesville? Well, for starters, you’ll find…


An Active and Exciting LIfestyle in Independent Living
Independent living means choices, choices and more choices. This level of care is really more of a full-on lifestyle and is suited specifically for active and independent seniors who are ready to embrace everything their retirement years have to offer … and say goodbye to things like chores, home maintenance and other tedious tasks. It’s the chance for seniors to live the life they choose and take advantage of all the free time at their disposal.

Residents in independent living at The Village can luxuriate in smartly designed residences with tranquil lake views to freestanding cottages that offer optimal independence and privacy – and that’s just for starters. Once you move in, the fun begins – and it doesn’t stop. Social events, lectures, movies, dances, club and committee meetings and art and fitness classes are just a sampling of the lifestyle offered at The Village. Plus, we take care of all the laundry, housekeeping and cooking, leaving you free to spend your life as you like.


A Helping Hand in Assisted Living
As we get older, we often end up needing a little more care in order to live safely and independently. Perhaps you might need help getting dressed, or bathing or simply managing your many medications. In this case, assisted living makes a lot of sense – and is the next level of care up from independent living.

This level of care is designed to help seniors live as independently as possible while receiving the care they require. At The Village, we empower our residents by providing compassionate, dignified care in a comfortable setting. We provide as much or as little assistance as you want – it all depends on you and your needs as they change.

Of course, our assisted living residents enjoy private residences as well as all the wonderful amenities at The Village, including two outdoor pools, a spa, fitness center and library. Assisted living residents reside in either Jasmine Pointe or Laurel Square, our specially designed assisted living neighborhoods that feature their own dining room, recreation area and more.


Honoring the Person Within Through Dignified Memory Support
Many seniors today will live with memory loss and cognitive issues at some point in their life’s journey. Cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are becoming more common, and they can be devastating for family members and seniors alike. At The Village, we understand the unique needs of our residents and have created a community that affords the best possible quality of life for those affected by memory impairment.

Memory support is the highest level of care available at The Village at Gainesville, and our team of professionals is committed to enriching the lives of seniors we serve throughout their journey. Residents reside in one of two neighborhoods – Ivy Lane or Azalea Trace – which have been designed for the specific needs of those with cognitive issues. The neighborhood design allows our associates to focus on the strengths, talents and personal preferences of residents while providing support to family members who will enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved one is secure and cared for.

“Having different options of care means peace of mind for today, tomorrow and beyond,” says Deborah. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself or your family members. By choosing a senior living community like The Village at Gainesville, you’re making a promise to yourself that you will always live your best life possible … no matter how your health needs may change now or in the future.”


If you want the very best for your parent or loved one, consider The Village at Gainesville, a senior living rental community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory support. Contact us online or call us at 352-548-3507 to learn more about our variety of residential options.