Questions. Everybody has them, but getting answers you can rely on isn’t always easy. Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America brings more than 65 years of experience to helping older adults and their families find the freedom, services, and if needed, the care they’re looking for. It seems their search always starts with a question. Just Ask. We’ll help you find the answer.

“Why would I want to move to a senior living community now?”

Research with older adults tells us that people who live in a community of friends live happier, healthier lives. Socialization, exercise, good nutrition and having the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have a secure plan for the future all contribute to overall wellness, which can improve anybody’s quality of life. People who live at a senior living community, like a Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America campus, benefit from all this, plus they have eliminated the burden of home maintenance while having more freedom and encouragement to pursue whatever makes them happy.

Do I have to be Presbyterian to become a resident in a PMMA community?

No. PMMA provides quality senior living for people of many creeds, including Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopal and non-Christian faiths. Ministers and lay-people from many denominations and faiths lead services in our interfaith chapels.

How do I start downsizing?

If you think about it, you most likely spend the majority of your time in only a few rooms of your house. So downsizing probably won’t present any really big changes in the way you currently live, other than giving you access to our entire community of people, common areas, services and amenities you don’t currently have. A good way to start downsizing is to choose the new residence you would move into so you can start imagining — and measuring — how you’ll arrange the furniture you actually use now. As you might imagine, we’ve helped many people work through this issue, and we’ll be more than happy to personally work with you, too.

How do I talk to my loved ones about my concerns for their health?

We understand the idea of broaching this subject can create anxiety. If you’re concerned about their health and safety, then starting the conversation is an important thing to do. Often, we find that their primary care doctor is an excellent resource for opening the subject. After all, they have a history of discussing private health matters with each other. Regardless of how you get started, keep one idea in the forefront of your mind — important family discussions should be grounded in dignity, respect for each other and keeping an open mind. After all, the goal is for everyone to lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

What’s the difference between assisted living and health care?

As you begin to learn more about various issues that impact long-term care, you’ll start hearing the phrase “activities of daily living.” This list can vary depending on the source you’re referencing, but generally these are the basic tasks we all need to be able to handle in order to live independent lives. Tasks such as dressing, bathing and eating; more broadly, they might include being able to manage medications, prepare meals, and maintain a clear awareness and understanding of the world around us.
Anyone who consistently needs a little help with some of these activities may benefit from the care level provided in an assisted living setting.
Skilled nursing care, on the other hand, refers to a higher level of daily nursing and rehabilitative care that must be provided by trained medical professionals, including nurses, doctors and physical therapists.

Does Medicare Part A help cover a stay in skilled nursing?

While some may believe that Medicare Part A will cover any stay in a skilled nursing center, there are a number of conditions that must be met for inpatient services in a skilled nursing center to be covered by Medicare Part A. In addition, a qualifying skilled nursing stay may involve co-payments, coinsurance and deductibles. Although these considerations can be complicated, we are familiar with Medicare’s rules for these services and we’ll be happy to help you work through your situation.

Want to know more about your Medicare benefits? View our Making Sense of Medicare flip book.

What does my monthly service fee pay for?

Your monthly service fee covers a variety of costs that are common for all residents. These can include meals, utilities, 24-hour emergency response system, housekeeping and linen service, and interior and exterior maintenance. We can provide you with a handy Cost Comparison Guide that can help you determine the real difference between the cost of living in your own home and that of moving to a PMMA community.

How does hospice work at PMMA?

Presbyterian Manor campuses partner with local hospice organizations to provide care and support to residents and their families when the resident's life-limit illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. The goal of hospice is to offer your loved one comfort and dignity with special emphasis on controlling the emotional, spiritual and physical pain that may be associated with end-of-life care. A team of trained professionals and volunteers support a hospice patient in making the final life transition in the best manner possible.

When a person chooses to receive hospice care, the physician and hospice team will work with him or her and the family to prepare a plan of care. A hospice patient’s care will be provided by a team that can include members from his or her family, the medical community, counselors and clergy, home health aides, and trained volunteers. Volunteers are trained to help with everyday tasks such as shopping, transportation, household chores, companionship and respite for caregivers.

What hospice services are covered by Medicare?

Medicare coverage for hospice services includes:

  • Medications for pain relief and symptom management
  • Medical, nursing and social services
  • Grief counseling
  • Some short-term inpatient stays for pain and symptom management that cannot be addressed at home in a Medicare-approved location such as a hospice, hospital or skilled nursing facility
  • Inpatient respite care, which provides for a hospice patient’s needs in a Medicare-approved location so your caregiver may take a break. Respite care allows five days of care for each stay
  • Hospice coverage may continue beyond six months with recertification from the hospice medical director or hospice physician.

Didn't see your question here? You can download our Just Ask brochure or contact the senior living counselor at the PMMA community nearest you.