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For A Loved One

You want the best for your loved ones.

You want them to enjoy a fulfilling retirement lifestyle. That may include helping them find the right living option — the one that suits them now, and for years to come. Friendship Village of Dublin has the information you need to understand your retirement community options to help your loved ones make the right choice. Or, depending on circumstances, help you make the right choice for them.

We’ve posted some frequently asked questions and their answers below. If you have a specific question that we don’t cover, use the contact form on the right, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Independent Living

Q: What is Independent Living?

Independent living communities are designed for older adults who desire the conveniences of community life without the burdens of home maintenance. Some communities offer an enriched lifestyle with recreational, social and educational opportunities, while others provide housing and only a minimal amount of services and amenities.

Q: What is Lifecare?

Ask almost anyone who lives here, and chances are they'll tell you that Lifecare was the primary reason they chose Friendship Village of Dublin over all the other options available to them in the Columbus area, including other continuing care retirement communities. Lifecare residents pay an entry fee plus a monthly maintenance fee that stays nearly the same no matter how much care is needed. People interested in Lifecare are realistic and want a plan in place. You can save a lot of money in the long run, as well as enjoy the security of knowing you have priority care at a predictable cost.

Q: Do I have a choice in entrance fee options?

Yes. Friendship Village of Dublin offers several different levels of refundability to address an individual’s financial and estate planning goals.

Q: What services and amenities are available at Friendship Village of Dublin?

Friendship Village of Dublin offers a comprehensive array of services and amenities, including restaurant-style dining, casual dining, a library, computer center, full-service salon, fitness center, indoor pool and more. Plus, our complimentary transportation will take you to local shopping destinations and appointments.

Assisted Living

Q: What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living provides a distinct combination of individualized care, familiar neighborhood surroundings and professional expertise. Our residents are assured ongoing wellness evaluations and levels of care that address their specific needs. Licensed, compassionate staff assists with daily tasks as needed, and the many amenities available in assisted living help these residents more easily enjoy what matters most to them.

Q: How do I know when someone needs Assisted Living?

It’s best to start with a physician’s assessment. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, or that of your loved one, you can match needs to the right level of assistance. When help with daily tasks is needed — taking medication, bathing, dressing, meals, transportation and housekeeping — assisted living can be the answer. Trained professionals provide support while helping preserve an individual’s independence.

Q: What if my loved one needs more than what is provided in Assisted Living?

At Friendship Village of Dublin, we offer a “continuum” of care. In addition to assisted living, we provide memory support and skilled nursing. These programs provide round-the-clock care for individuals recovering from illness or injury, or those needing more long-term supervision or support.

Skilled Nursing

Q: What is skilled nursing care?

Skilled Nursing is for those who need greater care while recovering from a hospital stay, or who need ongoing longer-term care. Professional, compassionate support is delivered around the clock by licensed professionals, including RNs, LPNs, and state tested nursing assistants. We also offer custom programs that encourage maximum social interaction and preserve dignity.

Q: When is skilled nursing necessary?

Commonly after an illness or injury. These are some common conditions that often require skilled care for seniors:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac failure
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Hip or bone fracture
  • Fall-related injury
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Severe osteoarthritis

Q: When would someone need long term care?

Potential candidates for long-term nursing care include those who are dealing with an ongoing health condition or disability, chronic or severe pain, dementia, inability to manage a disease process, and/or those who need full assistance with activities of daily living.

Memory Care

Q. How is Memory Care different from Assisted Living?

Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, affects more than just the individual living with the diagnosis. At Friendship Village of Dublin, we work with individuals, family members and caregivers, searching for the right balance of respect and care. With thoughtful programs designed for those with memory loss, the memory care neighborhood at Friendship Village of Dublin assists residents to thrive in a purposeful living setting.

Q: What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas, leading to loss of recent memories and newly acquired information first, then eventually long term memories last.

Rehabilitation

Q: What does physical therapy and rehabilitation include?

The Health Center at Friendship Village of Dublin provides short- and long- term rehab through physical, speech and occupational therapies. Resident and nonresident seniors can receive expert care from our skilled pathologists and therapists in a comfortable, home-like setting.

Q: How is occupational therapy different from physical therapy?

Both therapies share the goal to restore strength and mobility. Physical therapy is more focused on evaluating and diagnosing movement dysfunctions as well as treating a person’s injury itself. Occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through education in tasks such as dressing, memory training and coordination exercises.

Q: What can I expect from speech therapy?

Our skilled speech and language pathologists address communication issues and swallowing dysfunction. They’ll design treatment plans to help with language ability, provide alternate communication strategies and give appropriate diet recommendations.

Respite Care

Q: What is respite care?

Professional caregivers provide short-term, around the clock care in a comfortable, secure environment. Loved ones can receive compassionate care and excellent amenities for a period of a couple of days up to a couple of months. Benefits of a respite care stay can include assistance for a loved one after a hospital stay or during illness, a needed break for family members that may take on a primary care-giver role, and/or needed oversight and care during travel plans.

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Common Questions

What is Independent Living?

What is Lifecare?

Do I have a choice in entrance fee options?

What services and amenities are available at Friendship Village of Dublin?

What is Assisted Living?

How do I know when someone needs Assisted Living?

What if my loved one needs more than what is provided in Assisted Living?

What is skilled nursing care?

When is skilled nursing necessary?

When would someone need long term care?

How is Memory Care different from Assisted Living?

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

What does physical therapy and rehabilitation include?

How is occupational therapy different from physical therapy?

What can I expect from speech therapy?

What is respite care?