What is Prescott's Granite Gate Senior Living retirement community like?

This is the 13th in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Granite Gate is set in the magnificent rocks of Granite Dells. There are no bad views from the windows of Granite Gate. Common rooms and dining rooms with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows make the most of the scenery.

What is Prescott's Alta Vista retirement community like?

This is the twelfth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Elegance.

Enter the lobby of Alta Vista, and the first thing you see is a massive, intricate hard wood spiral staircase rising to the heavens. The outfitting of the rest of the site is consistent with that first image. Fireplaces are grand. Artwork is stunning. Hallways are impressive.

What is Prescott's Las Fuentes Resort Village like?

This is the 11th in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

This article and the next three will each profile a different retirement community in Prescott, AZ. Today's discusses Las Fuentes, which offers independent living, assisted living, and nursing/skilled nursing care.

What if you need to move from assisted living to nursing/skilled nursing?

This is the 10th in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

What if you're in assisted living in a retirement community and you need more care? This article discusses some options in the Prescott, Arizona area.

One option is to move to a building in your retirement community where they offer the care you need. For example, Good Samaritan and Las Fuentes both offer nursing/skilled nursing facilities in addition to assisted living units.

Moving from independent living to assisted living

This is the ninth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Suppose that you move into an independent living apartment at Alta Vista, Good Samaritan, Granite Gate or Las Fuentes in the Prescott, Arizona area and then over time it turns out that you need assisted living services. What arrangements are required to get that additional care?

What are memory care facilities in retirement communities like?

This is the eighth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Memory care facilities are intended for people who have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia or cognitive impairment, and who are at risk because they tend to wander away from their living quarters without having the ability to find their way back or to ask for help.

What is it like to live in a nursing facility in a retirement community?

This is the seventh in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

This article focuses on nursing/skilled nursing facilities that provide long-term care in two retirement communities in the Prescott, Arizona area, Good Samaritan and Las Fuentes. (The other two communities visited for this series, Alta Vista and Granite Gate, do not offer these units.)

One remarkable fact about these facilities, compared to others with which I am familiar, is how quiet they are.

What are nursing/skilled nursing facilities in retirement communities?

This is the sixth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

The federal government makes a distinction between "skilled nursing facilities" whose residents require extensive medical care, and "nursing facilities," which provide care that is more custodial in nature. The second of these is what most people think of as nursing homes.

Of the four retirement communities in the Prescott, Arizona area visited for this series, Good Samaritan and Las Fuentes offer nursing/skilled nursing. Granite Gate and Alta Vista do not.

What surprising features might you find in assisted living?

This is the fifth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Here is a little quiz for you. In what living arrangements in the Prescott, Arizona area will you find:

1. A large vegetable garden in an interior courtyard, which provides enough eggplant for the chef to make eggplant parmesan for everyone, and enough fruit to permit home-made jam to be served at breakfast?

2. A once-a-week "spa" experience with a relaxing hour in a jetted tub, followed by a massage and a pedicure, at no extra charge?

What exactly does assisted living involve?

This is the fourth in a series of articles intended to demystify the experience of living in a retirement community.

Your spouse requires help bathing and dressing, and it is getting to be too much for you to manage his or her pill regimen. Sometimes you look in the cupboard and you're reminded of an old TV show in which a woman is trying to prepare a meal with the only two ingredients on hand - spaghetti noodles and chocolate sauce.

Your children have suggested assisted living. But what exactly is that?

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