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Assisted Living Questions

Q: What is Assisted Living?
A: Assisted Living is a special combination of housing and personalized services designed for older adults who may require some help with Activities of Daily Living, but who do not need skilled nursing care. The goal is to promote maximum independence, freedom of choice, privacy and dignity. Professional assistance by a trained staff is tailored to each individual’s needs.

Q:How do I know if Assisted Living is right for me?
If you are an older adult who can no longer maintain a totally independent lifestyle but do not need the intensive level of care associated with nursing homes and still want to live a full, enriching life, Assisted Living may be the right choice for you.

Q: How much does Assisted Living cost?
A: Cost of Assisted Living varies from about $3,000 to $5,000 per month depending on the residence and level of care required. What the monthly fee includes varies from residence to residence. At The Haven at Shorrock Gardens, the monthly fee includes three meals a day, snacks and beverages available at all hours, 30 minutes a day of personal care assistance, supervision &/or administration of medication, nurses on location 24 hours a day/7 days a week, large apartments, all utilities (except phone), housekeeping, weekly linens changes and recreational and cultural activities.

Q: How do I pay for Assisted Living?
A: Expenses are either paid for privately or through a 3rd party source such as Long Term Care insurance. A representative from The Haven at Shorrock Gardens can help you with your financial plan and show you how affordable it can be.

Q: Can I bring my own medications from home?
A: Yes, at The Haven residents can administer their own medications if it is determined that it is safe for him/her to do so. Medication management can be included in the monthly fee even if the resident chooses to administer his/her own medication. All resident medications are periodically reviewed and assessed for accuracy.

Q: Is food available at all times?
A: Yes, 3 meals a day are served plus snacks and beverages are available 24 hours a day.

Q: Do the residents go outside?
A: Yes, residents have the freedom to come and go as they please at most assisted living residences. At The Haven at Shorrock Gardens, most apartments have an outdoor porch enabling residents to enjoy the outdoors at will. Our philosophy on Assisted Living is to provide support to our residents without infringing on their independence, freedom of choice and dignity. However, if more security is required, supervised outdoor activities are provided.

Q: Can residents do his/her own laundry?
A: Yes, Assisted Living residences usually have laundry rooms available for their resident’s use. At The Haven at Shorrock Gardens, weekly laundry of linens is included in the monthly fee and common area laundry facilities are available.

Q:Do you allow pets?
A: Yes, a number of residents at The Haven at Shorrock Gardens have pets. The staff would be happy to discuss the guidelines with you.

Q: What makes The Haven different from other Assisted Living Facilities?
A: The Haven at Shorrock Gardens offers unmatched value for assisted living in the area. We provide a residential, comfortable, more home-like atmosphere rather than the impersonal hotel-like environment of many other assisted living communities. Our large apartments are in a one-story residential setting so our residents don’t have to worry about stairs or elevators. In most cases, the monthly rates at The Haven will cover 80-90% of one’s cost of living. With so many services covered in the monthly fee, many residents find that the cost of buying these services, while remaining in their own home is higher than the cost of living at The Haven. Additionally, what is so unique about The Haven is how we specifically provide care and services to residents with Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, and other dementias.

We are also attached to Shorrock Gardens Care Center, which provides ease in transition should your loved one's care need rise to the level of requiring nursing home care. Our nursing home also specializes in meeting the needs of those with Alzheimer's, memory loss, and dementia, so there is no need to look for another provider- everything is provided under one roof!

The Haven at Shorrock Gardens is owned and operated by the Hovnanian Family of companies, a provider of senior housing and health care services in Ocean County for over 40 years.

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