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The Best Senior Living Providers in DeKalb County GA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Choose


Providers of senior living in DeKalb County GA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those independent living or assisted living communities that have exceeded the minimum Georgia regulatory requirement. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for safety, service, and value, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them as facilities for senior living in DeKalb County GA, including independent living, assisted living, retirement homes, nursing homes, retirement communities, and more.

 

Updated March 21, 2017

 The TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in DeKalb County GA

Gen's II Independent Living
(404) 288-3261
1887 Stockton St
Decatur, GA 30032

Areas Served: DeKalb County GA,Candler-McAfee GA,Decatur GA,Dunwoody GA,Brookhaven GA
Services: independent senior living community

Avondale Assisted Living
(770) 939-0122
2553 Sandpiper Dr
Tucker, GA 30084

Areas Served: DeKalb County GA,Brookhaven,Dunwoody,Redan,Tucker,Candler-McAfee,Decatur,Briarcliff
Services: senior care & assisted living center

Meadowbrook Nursing Home Inc
(770) 491-9444
4608 Lawrenceville Hwy
Tucker, GA 30084

Areas Served: Dunwoody GA,Tucker GA,Candler-McAfee GA,Decatur GA,Belvedere Park GA,Redan GA
Services: nursing home for residential care for seniors

Summers Landing Senior Living
(770) 452-9558
4821 N Peachtree Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Areas Served: Tucker GA,Redan GA,Briarcliff GA,Brookhaven GA,Redan GA, Dunwoody GA,DeKalb County

The Best Senior Living Providers in DeKalb County GA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Choose 


The state of Georgia requires facilities for nursing homes and other assisted senior living in DeKalb County GA to be licensed by the Georgia Department of Community Health which sets procedures that must be adhered to for record keeping, personnel management, and conducts inspections.   The state uses the term Personal Care Home for facilities with fewer than 25 residents, and the term Assisted Living Community for those with 25 or more.

Independent senior living communities and retirement communities in DeKalb County GA are not licensed or regulated in that manner by the state.

But even the state license for assisted living is no guarantee that any particular senior living facility in DeKalb County GA is doing business ethically, providing real value, and satisfying residents or family members.

This makes it all the more significant that all senior living facilities, including senior independent living and retirement homes in DeKalb County GA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have liability insurance coverage for the protection or residents in the event of injury, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 such as our survey phone calls to their residents or residents' family members to verify high satisfaction, verified state license (for senior facilities requiring skilled nursing), only employees legal to work in the U.S., good complaint record, and more.


Options for Senior Living in DeKalb County GA

Depending on an individual's level of independence, there are choices available among retirement homes and assisted living facilities. Typically, retirement communities are for those who are entirely independent. Assisted living facilities are for those who may be able to perform all or most of life's necessities, but prefer not to every day, or prefer to have the option. For instance, one may be able to cook, but prefer to leave the shopping and preparing to the on-site cafeteria or kitchen, at least some of the time. At these types of mid-range care, residents can get assistance with daily activities such as transportation to shopping or doctor's appointments, eating, bathing and dressing, if necessary but otherwise lead independent, self-directed lives. These elder care facilities are often utilized by couples where one spouse is more medically fragile than the other, thus allowing spouses to stay together in a supported environment.

Terminology varies throughout the nursing home and assisted living industry. Assisted living facilities may be referred to as board and care facilities, residential care facilities, nursing homes or any of a number of other names. The most important thing is to ensure that the facility matches the level of care required. The options run from simply renting an apartment in a facility that has nurses and other assistants available if needed, to full-scale 24/7 nursing care. Some assisted living facilities in DeKalb County offer special Alzheimer's care wings, designed specifically to provide the best care for victims of that debilitating disease, occasionally with their spouses. Some assisted living facilities offer apartments for independent living, laundry and maid service, full dining rooms with varied and nutritious meals in a restaurant-like setting, transportation service and often provide various activities such as movies, parties and music, recreation rooms with games and books, snacks, in-house hair and nail salons and much more. Residents may often bring their own furniture and other household items to make their apartment feel just like home. Some assisted living facilities even allow pets. The most important things are the level of comfort and care provided to residents. Your loved one needs to fee safe, cared for and have a sense of home. Regardless of the arrangements you make, don't forget to visit often.

Some Independent Senior Living, Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Communities in DeKalb County GA Are Better Than Others

The Prime Buyer's Report lists these retirement communities in DeKalb County GA: Gen's II Independent Living, Avondale Assisted Living, Meadowbrook Nursing Home Inc, Summers Landing Senior Living. Other retirement homes and facilities for assisted living in DeKalb County GA include: .


 

 

 

Ask These Questions of Senior Living Communities in DeKalb County GA 




When choosing an assisted living or retirement facility, there are many considerations to take into account. Keep in mind that some medical conditions must be evaluated by a doctor, and his or her recommendation or classification can determine which facilities will accommodate you. Everyone's needs are different so it's best to write down as much as possible about what you are looking for-leaving no detail out-before you meet with representatives of potential retirement homes or nursing homes. This gives each a chance to comment on and address the same things, so it will be easier to compare responses. Be ready also to ask lots of questions of your own. Listen not only to the answers to your questions, but to the level of interest and compassion the representative of the assisted living facility responds with. If they don't seem to be completely invested in ensuring your loved one is completely cared for in every way, choose another retirement facility or nursing home. You want the assisted living or retirement community you choose to be fully involved and to really care that everything goes perfectly for your loved one. If you've gotten a good initial impression, ask some questions about the retirement community's facilities, amenities, experience and credentialing. Use the list of questions below as a guide to develop your own.

• How long have the assisted living centers or retirement homes been in business?

• Are the assisted living facilities part of a chain?

• What training and certification do the retirement centers' staff have?

• What do retirement homes' staff schedules and staffing patterns look like on a daily basis? On the weekends? Holidays?

• Do the assisted living centers allow residents to bring their pets? • Will the senior living community or facility give you names and numbers of residents, or the family members who you can call as references? (All communities for senior living in DeKalb County GA that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their references verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Do the retirement homes allow residents to decorate their apartment as they like?• Will they show you that they are fully insured? (All communities for senior living in DeKalb County GA that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
 
• What shopping or recreation facilities are near the nursing homes in DeKalb County?

• Will the retirement communities provide a copy of their annual state and federal facility survey? (Assisted living communities and retirement centers are required to provide this on request).

• What is the monthly charge at the retirement homes for different services? (Note: Adding living area square feet, extra rooms or in-room kitchen facilities can greatly affect the cost).

• Is housekeeping / laundry service including in the monthly charge at the retirement facilities?

• What system / staff do the nursing homes have in place in case of a medical emergency?

• Does each resident of the retirement facilities have their privacy respected?

• Can they show that all their employees are legal to work in the U.S.? (All communities for senior living in DeKalb County GA that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to hire only documented workers.)

• Will the residential care centers allow you to speak to some current residents and/or their families?

• What is the staff-to-resident ratio at the senior care centers or nursing homes?

• Can SSI offset some or all of the costs of living in the retirement community?

• What is the availability at the nursing homes or senior living centers? Is there a waiting list?

• Will the assisted living centers provide written contract sthat cover every expense, including ancillary services?

• What recreational facilities and services do the senior care centers or nursing homes provide residents?

• Will they show you their Georgia state license which is required for senior assisted living facilities and nursing homes? (All communities for assisted senior living in DeKalb County GA that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


Once you've chosen the best senior living community for your specific needs, make sure they have a good complaint record.  (All communities for senior living in DeKalb County GA that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their good complaint record verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

 

 

Resources About Senior Living and Retirement Communities in DeKalb County GA 



Associations & Licensing Relevant to Senior Living in DeKalb County GA



American Association of Retired People www.aarp.org
ALAG Assisted Living Association of Georgia www.alag.or
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
National Center for Assisted Living www.ncal.org
Consumer Information about long-term care www.longtermcareliving.com/assess/al/
GASLA Georgia Senior Living Association www.gasla.org
Georgia Department of Community Health www.dch.georgia.gov
Georgia Department of Human Services www.dhs.georgia.gov
Medline Plus (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/assistedliving.html
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging www2.aahsa.org/
National Association of Senior Move Managers www.nasmm.org/
Assisted Living Federation of America (www.alfa.org
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (www.aahsa
American Senior Housing Association www.seniorshousing.org
Center for Aging Services Technologies www.agingtech.org
Senior Outlook www.senioroutlook.com





The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in DeKalb County GA within the following zip codes.

30072, 30030, 30079, 30074, 30084, 30360, 30085, 30341, 30021, 30031, 30036, 30034, 30087, 30366, 30340, 30038, 30088, 30035, 30058, 30033, 30032, 30083, 30086, 30338, 30002 and 30037



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in DeKalb County GA within the following zip codes.

Druid Hills, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Candler-McAfee, Redan, Pine Lake, Doraville, Avondale Estates, Briarcliff, Lithonia, Tucker, Scottdale, Gresham Park, Clarkston, Dunwoody, North Decatur, Belvedere Park, Stone Mountain, Panthersville and Decatur


 

 

 

 

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