Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Senior Living

At Day Brook Village Senior Living, our staff is always happy to help. See below for answers to frequently asked questions about continuing care retirement communities, independent living, assistance in living, skilled nursing, and memory care, or contact us to discuss your personal situation and learn more about available care options.

Q. What is a CCRC?

A. A CCRC is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering a continuum of senior housing and healthcare options. Day Brook Village Senior Living offers independent living and assistance in living apartments, with skilled nursing and memory care available on our shared campus.

Q. What is a care campus or campus of care?

A. At Day Brook Village Senior Living, our campus houses independent and assistance in living apartments and a skilled nursing center for specialized nursing and memory care, offering patients, residents and their families the confidence of extended housing and healthcare options. When we speak of a care campus or our campus of care, we are referring to the relationship between our levels of care, with our staffs working together to ensure that patients and residents receive the right level of supportive assistance with activities of daily living and skilled care in the appropriate living situation to best fit their needs.

Q. Is there a buy-in fee?

A. Because Day Brook Village Senior Living is a continuing care retirement community, there is a declining refundable entrance fee for independent living paid upon admission. Please contact our Marketing Director for full details.

Q. How is the food? Really?

A. We take dining seriously, with creative menu options that keep mealtime interesting, and specialized dietary plans to accommodate restrictions or limitations. We welcome guests to join us for a meal and judge for themselves. Please contact our Admissions Director to learn more.

Q. What is the difference between independent living and assistance in living?

A. At Day Brook Village Senior Living, both independent living and assistance in living offer retirement living in a warm, close-knit community with staff on-site 24-hours a day. Residents enjoy daily meals, a full calendar of activities, and the privacy of an apartment in a variety of floor plans, without the hassles of home maintenance. Our independent living service fees include 30 meals per month, with the option to purchase additional meals in our dining room. For seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living and medication management, assistance in living provides three daily meals and the caring support to enjoy all that our community has to offer.

Q. What is Certified Memory Care?

A. Massachusetts nursing homes must meet special requirements to be certified as having a dementia special care unit. Located in our skilled nursing center, Day Brook Village’s memory care unit is certified under these guidelines.

Q. How do I choose the right level of care?

A. Day Brook Village Senior Living’s campus of care offers a range of services to meet needs now and in the future. Our Marketing Director and our Director of Admissions each assist families in identifying the most appropriate living situation based on level and type of care needed. We offer independent living, assistance in living, skilled nursing, and memory care on our campus of care.

Q. I am having knee surgery soon but I don’t already live at Day Brook Village. Can I choose Day Brook Village for my post-surgical care?

A. Yes. Our skilled nursing center is open to the public and features high quality outcomes, award-winning care and a dedicated staff.

Day Brook Village offers short-term rehabilitation services following surgery or illness, long-term skilled care, and specialized memory care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Q. What if my needs change?

A. Day Brook Village Senior Living residents receive priority admission to Day Brook Village Senior Living Skilled Nursing, both for skilled nursing and for advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

Q. Can I have my own health aide?

A. Assistance with activities of daily living and medication management are covered by Day Brook Village Senior Living’s monthly fee. However, if you choose or if care needs exceed covered services, you may have your own health aide at your own expense.

Q. Can I keep my same doctor?

A. Yes, you can continue to see your own physician and other medical professionals. Our staff can arrange transportation to appointments within our service area and, if necessary, go with you.

Q. How can I get to appointments?

A. We offer local, scheduled transportation to appointments. Please contact our administrative assistant to schedule transportation and let us know if you need someone to accompany you to the appointment.

Q. How often is therapy provided?

A. Professional therapy services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are available on-site seven days a week as prescribed.

Q. What is the difference between rehabilitation and short-term rehab?

A. Rehabilitation professionals help patients recover, rebuild strength and maintain ability. Rehab can involve relearning skills, adapting to physical limitations, or minimizing physical decline related to aging. Rehab therapies may be indicated for short-term recovery or for long-term well-being. Short-term rehab typically refers to healing and recovery following surgery, injury, or other health-related event.

Q. Do you have volunteer opportunities?

A. Our volunteers are an important part of our community. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Activities Department.

Q. Can my pet visit me?

A. We welcome pet visits and ask that you confirm with us prior to bringing any animals into the building. Please make sure that your pet is friendly and up-to-date with all vaccinations.

Q. Why should I choose a not-for-profit community?

A. As a not-for-profit community, our focus is on reinvesting in our people, our programs, our services, and our centers to achieve exceptional outcomes for our residents and patients.

Still have questions? Contact us to learn more about Day Brook Village Senior Living in Holyoke, MA.