Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about living at Generations Senior Living of Strongsville? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
- How do individuals know what type of long-term care they may need?
- What are the differences between the care provided in assisted living communities and nursing homes?
- Why is the need for assisted living growing?
- When should an individual start planning for long-term care needs?
- Who lives in assisted living communities?
- Who provides the care in an assisted living community?
- What if a resident requires specialized services?
- What types of activities are offered for residents?
- What are the age qualifications for becoming a resident?
- Can residents bring their own furniture?
- Can family members go on outings?
- We want to stay connected to our loved ones but can’t visit in person. What can we do?
- Can couples with different care levels live in the same suite?
- Is there internet access?
- How are medications administered?
- Do you offer short-term respite care?
- Do you offer hospice care?
- What sets GSL Strongsville apart from other providers?
- How much does it cost to live here?
- How is assisted living paid for?
- How is assisted living regulated?
- Are there specific forms we need to fill out to begin the transition process to Generations Senior Living of Strongsville?
- Where is more information?
How do individuals know what type of long-term care they may need?
Individuals or families should start out by communicating with the family as a whole and the individual’s physician and then explore assisted living communities and nursing homes in the area. The next step would be to talk with the professionals who manage these communities. If individuals are able to maintain their independence but need support with daily tasks, assisted living may be the right fit. Learn about the difference between independent and assisted living.[Back to Top]
What are the differences between the care provided in assisted living communities and nursing homes?
Each setting offers a different level of care. Nursing homes provide 24-hour nursing care for those with complex medical needs who require round-the-clock care. Assisted living communities provide 24-hour supported living and health-related services, allowing an individual enhanced choices and greater independence. [Back to Top]
Why is the need for assisted living growing?
Recent estimates show that in the United States, more than 12 million people of all ages require some help with long-term care needs and decision-making. This number is increasing rapidly in our senior population as this demographic continues to grow and as medical technology extends lives. [Back to Top]
When should an individual start planning for long-term care needs?
People should start planning early for potential long-term care needs. This planning can be done through seeking advice regarding available services before the need arises. Check out more tips on how to get started on finding the right senior living solution.
Most importantly, people should become aware of assisted living communities and nursing homes within their community. Getting to know the people on staff and available services offered well in advance of need will help make the decision process and transition much easier for both the prospective resident and family. We also recommend touring facilities before you need them. Sign up for a tour of GSL Strongsville or any of our assisted or independent living communities today. [Back to Top]
Who lives in assisted living communities?
Assisted living is generally for those seniors who choose to leave, or can no longer manage, a household on their own, but who do not need the intensive, 24-hour complex medical care of a traditional long-term care nursing facility. [Back to Top]
Who provides the care in an assisted living community?
Our community includes licensed nursing staff and care managers onsite daily. Nurses will coordinate all health-related services and may provide limited skilled nursing services to meet the resident’s care needs.
Our supportive staff of care managers is available 24 hours daily to provide assistance with personal care and emergency response. Additional support staff members are available to provide housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and nutritional services.
The social coordinator is onsite to lead residents in a variety of social and recreational programs.
What if a resident requires specialized services?
Upon moving into GSL Strongsville, each resident is assessed by our team. Together, we determine what services are required to meet the individual's personal needs. Based on the assessment process our staff will develop a resident service plan, coordinating all health-related and supportive services for each resident. The service plan may also include community-based services provided by a home health agency. This may include physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as intermittent skilled nursing care. Medicare or other insurance providers may pay for some community-based services. Our team is ready to assist with coordinating additional services when needed. [Back to Top]
What types of activities are offered for residents?
Our most popular weekly events include a wide variety of social gatherings including card games, as well as fitness and conditioning programs, cooking demonstrations, educational talks and shopping adventures. We also coordinate various religious services, from Bible study to devotional services that represent several different religions. Sunday Transportation is also provided to places of worship within the community of Strongsville.
Musical and drama entertainment are always popular events and are well attended by many. Planned outings include the Amish Country, Playhouse Square and Progressive Field just to name a few. Learn more about GSL Strongsville's social programs and activities. [Back to Top]
What are the age qualifications for becoming a resident?
Residents must be 55 years or older for assisted living communities. [Back to Top]
Can residents bring their own furniture?
The suites are unfurnished. Residents are encouraged to bring their own furnishings to suit their personal preference. When available, the Short-Term Respite suites are fully furnished for your convenience. Learn more about our living accommodations. [Back to Top]
Can family members go on outings?
Yes, family members are welcome but would have to provide their own transportation and cover the cost of the outing. Visit a resident at GSL Strongsville today! [Back to Top]
We want to stay connected to our loved ones but can’t visit in person. What can we do?
You can stay connected by sending your loved ones a personal message through Sunshine Mail. All you need to do it fill out the form, add a message and a photo then we’ll print it for you and hand-deliver it to your loved ones. [Back to Top]
Can couples with different care levels live in the same suite?
Absolutely! The service packages are designed to meet the unique needs of each resident. As needs change, service packages can be modified allowing one to remain in the comfort of the suite. Contact us today to learn about how we can accommodate all your needs. [Back to Top]
Is there internet access?
Yes, in common areas of the community. A second-floor computer lab is available for residents and family members. [Back to Top]
How are medications administered?
At GSL Strongsville we offer two levels of service. Option one is complete medication independence, in which the resident maintains complete independence in ordering and taking all medications. Option two offers medication administration by a licensed nurse.
Do you offer short-term respite care?
GSL Strongsville offers short-term/respite care to suit many purposes from illness recovery to experiencing assisted living on a trial basis (minimum 2 weeks). [Back to Top]
Do you offer hospice care?
At GSL Strongsville, we believe a resident should stay as long as his/her needs can be met. To that end, we support the provision of hospice care from a variety of agencies and can assist in making these decisions if necessary. [Back to Top]
What sets Generations Senior Living of Strongsville apart from other providers?
At GSL Strongsville we strive for excellence, in all we do for our families and residents. Our community has been 100% Deficiency Free for six consecutive years (2011-2016). The Ohio Department of Health surveys every licensed Assisted Living community by investigating quality of care provided to its residents. We are proud to announce we received the highest rating that is awarded.
At Generations Senior Living of Strongsville, we consider our residents family. To ensure satisfaction a Resident Satisfaction survey take place every other year by the Ohio Department on Aging. The recent survey was conducted by trained interviewers, who met face-to-face with our residents. Resident rated their satisfaction with their facility’s environment, activities, staff members, laundry, meals and dining, as well as general satisfaction. GSL Strongsville, satisfaction survey rating was 95.1% which was higher than the statewide average. Learn more about our awards and distinctions. [Back to Top]
How is assisted living paid for?
Assisted living usually is paid for privately either by the individuals themselves or in combination with their families, or in some cases by long term care insurance policies.
While a resident of an assisted living center, an individual can receive Medicare coverage for some skilled services provided by home health agencies (i.e. physical, occupational, speech therapy or skilled nursing) or hospice services. The Veterans Administration may also provide financial support for qualified veterans or spouses. Qualifying individuals can receive financial support from Medicaid through the Assisted Living Waiver Program administered by the Ohio Department on Aging, an initiative in which Generations Senior Living of Strongsville participates. Learn more about our financial options to fit your needs. [Back to Top]
How much does it cost to live here?
Because we are a family-owned and operated business, our costs are often much lower than communities owned by larger corporations. We have several packages that can meet an individual’s needs and are happy to discuss this information with you in person or over the phone. Learn more about the cost of assisted living or give us a call at (440) 238-3600. [Back to Top]
How is assisted living regulated?
In Ohio, assisted living communities with 17 or more individuals are regulated by The Ohio Department of Health under the classification of residential care facility (RCF). GSL Strongsville is licensed by the Ohio Department of Health and inspected by the Department on a regular basis to ensure we continue to meet or exceed the required standards. For more information about assisted living regulations, contact the team at GSL Strongsville. [Back to Top]
Are there specific forms we need to fill out to begin the transition process to Generations Senior Living of Strongsville?
Yes, we have a checklist for moving in, resident profiles, health assessments and other important admissions forms to fill out before you join the GSL Strongsville family. [Back to Top]
Where is more information?
The best way to get more information is to speak to one of our friendly and caring team members! Call GSL Strongsville at (440) 238-3600 or use our contact us page to send a request for more information. [Back to Top]