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Family Resources


FRFinancial Planning Options

The costs to live at Élan Westpointe depend upon the size, location and supportive services you need or desire. Here is information on some options to consider which may help offset some of the costs.


Veteran Benefits

US Veterans or their surviving spouse may be eligible for federal monthly pension benefits up to $1,788 per month for Veterans or $1,149 per month for a surviving spouse to help offset continuing care in an assisted living setting. For more information or for application assistance, contact us at Élan Westpointe at (830) 483-4900.


Elderlife Financial Services

There are simple, convenient finance options available from Eldercare Financial Services. They offer flexible lines of credit that can help fund your assisted living expenses while you wait for other benefits to start or if you’re in the process of selling your home. Find out more at Elder Life Financial or call 1 (800) 228-4500 for more information.


Life Care Funding

You can convert exiting life insurance policies (whole, universal or even term) to help offset the cost of services at Élan Westpointe. To learn more about this option, call Life Care Funding at 1 (888) 670-7773 or visit Life Care Funding

For more information on financial planning options at Élan Westpointe, contact us at (830) 483-4900.

Helping you understand the language of senior living.

Helping someone you love explore retirement community options often requires a little translation. This brief glossary will help you differentiate plans, services, and senior living options.


Age-restricted

Most retirement communities require that residents have reached a given age before moving in. You’ll find 65+ is a common benchmark.


Assisted Living

Assisted living communities typically provide services which allow the resident to maintain a degree of independence, while offering a helping hand with given tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing and taking medications.


DADS Licensing

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Regulatory Services Division oversees credentialing of senior living communities under its Nursing Facility Administrators (NFA) licensing branch. DADS licensing is pending for all services offered at Élan Westpointe.


Independent Living

In an independent living (or residential living) community, residents are capable of living in a residence with or without assistance.


Long-term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance developed specifically to cover the cost of skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care and other long-term care services. These services are usually not covered by traditional health insurance or Medicare.


Medicare

This federal health insurance program is designed for people who are 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover specific services and care.


Medicaid

Financed by state and federal governments, Medicaid offers medical assistance designed for those unable to afford regular medical service and is available to fund care in a skilled nursing setting.


Memory Care

A specialized type of elder care, memory care is tailored specifically for the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive disorders.


Nursing Home (or Health Center)

Skilled nursing care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes or health centers, are licensed health care communities that are inspected and regulated by a state’s Department of Health Services. They offer long- and short-term care for individuals who need rehabilitation services or who suffer from serious or persistent health issues that are often too complicated to be tended to at home.


Rehabilitation Services

Services designed to help an individual recover from an injury, operation, stroke or illness. These may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and memory care. In most cases, services are planned to help the patient return as closely as possible to pre-challenge levels. The services may be residential (inpatient), or outpatient, and may be short- or long-term, depending on the needs of the patient.


Retirement Community

The term “retirement community” encompasses a wide scope of variations—several of which are covered here. Rental communities, continuing care, Life Care, assisted living and skilled nursing care communities all fall within the spectrum, as do age-restricted communities of individually owned homes with common services and amenities.


Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled nursing care communities offer daily nursing care, provided or supervised by licensed medical personnel.

AARP


 

A membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.


Administration on Aging

 

Provides home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.


Alzheimer’s Association

 

The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.


Arthritis Foundation

 

Provides members with specialist referrals, Arthritis Today magazine and updates on the newest research.


Caregiver.com

 

Offers support and guidance for family and professional caregivers through newsletters, online discussion, Today’s Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and more.


Caring Connections

 

A national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


LeadingAge

 

An organization focused on advocacy of effective services for seniors including home health, hospice, assisted living, continuing care and more.


Elder Law Answers

 

Supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in legal issues surrounding aging.


Family Caregiver Alliance

 

Addresses the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home.


Benefits.gov

 

The official benefits site of the US Government with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.


Hospice Foundation of America

 

Exists to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief and bereavement.


International Council on Aging

 

Unifies organizations focused on older adults and provides education, information, resources, and tools.


National Council on Aging

 

A nonprofit organization with a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders.


VA.gov

 

Explains U.S. Government Veterans’ Affairs benefits to assist eligible veterans and dependents with the expense of intermediate or skilled nursing care.


It’s never too early to plan ahead. Look for signs. Your loved one may start losing/gaining weight and not eating properly. Are household chores, stairs or medications becoming difficult to manage? Does your loved one appear to be bored, lonely or less interested in longtime hobbies? Watch for changes in grooming habits and a general lack of enjoyment in life. All could be indications your loved one would benefit from day-to-day assistance.

Most of us assume occasional memory problems are common for individuals over age 65. However, when parents or loved ones forget important appointments, repeat things constantly, or wander away from home it’s not just a natural part of aging. Only a doctor can diagnose dementia—the most common form of Alzheimer’s, but if memory symptoms worsen and you have concerns about your loved one’s safety or security, it’s definitely time to consider memory care.

Assisted living offers seniors an opportunity to remain independent while receiving assistance with activities of daily living. It is a great option when 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitative care, such as a nursing home environment, is not required, but just a little daily help is needed.

Activities of daily living include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, self-administration of medications, or the administration of medications and more. The staff may also assist with housekeeping, shopping, laundry—whatever the resident needs to keep feeling independent as long as possible.

Memory care communities are often licensed as assisted living communities, but the staff has undergone additional training to handle the needs of those who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Programming designed specifically for those with dementia is also an important part of memory care, and should focus on promoting physical and emotional well-being, prolong daily functioning, and maintain a sense of purpose, satisfaction, dignity, and quality of life.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Regulatory Services Division oversees credentialing of senior living communities under its Nursing Facility Administrators (NFA) licensing branch. DADS licensing is pending for all services offered at Élan Westpointe.

When your loved one can take part in the decision—not after a health concern arises, putting everyone in crisis-management mode. With activities, outings, dining, and fitness programs to keep your loved one active, it’s easier to maintain health, self-reliance, and a positive outlook on life.

Élan Westpointe offers a specialized pet care package to offer assistance to our residents that would like to bring their pet to live with them. The care package includes feeding and giving water to the pet, taking care of the litter box for cats or walking the dog, playtime and routine grooming.

Seniors frequently have concerns about giving up their independent lifestyle for a move to a retirement community. Explain the benefits of moving. Élan Wespointe offers the best of both worlds: a private apartment in a beautiful, new building that feels safe and secure with unparalleled amenities, a caring staff and on-site access to the assistance and programming they need every day.

You can complete our contact form to request information. Or call us right away. We welcome your inquiries anytime. Call (830) 483-4900 to speak to a representative.