It is not everyday that you move into a new home and we want to help make the transition as easy as possible. We have years of experience helping folks figure out what to bring, what not to bring and what information they need from the doctor.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions. You will have more questions than these and we will be happy to answer every one of them. Please don’t hesitate to ask.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living housing is a long-term senior care option that provides personal care support services such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation
How much does it cost?
Our Loris community is our most affordable with shared apartments starting at $2995. Although that may seem like a lot of money that includes three meals a day with snacks available throughout the day, medication management with your pharmacy and physician as well as medication administration, weekly housekeeping and laundry service, help with personal self-care like bathing, dressing, transportation to local shops and outings and all the maintenance in the community.
What do I bring?
The easiest answer is everything you would bring to furnish a regular apartment you were moving into but here is a checklist to help you remember.
- Twin or full size bed (depending on the size of the room you choose)
- Mattress and box springs and a mattress pad
- Two sets of sheets
- Pillows and pillow cases
- Bedspread or comforter and additional blanket
- Nightstand with lamp or small tables with drawers (for storage)
- Chest of drawers
- Comfortable chair
- Trash can
- Laundry basket, hamper or bag
- Bath towels, hand towels and washcloths
- Soap, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, hairbrush and hair dryer and other bathroom Toiletries
- Bathroom organizer for under the sink
Clothes and Personal Items
- Clothes (winnowed to fit closet space; include pajamas, robe, bathing suit if applicable, sweaters for air conditioning, nice outfits for socializing; two weeks’ worth of underwear and socks so there’s a clean set available while the other is in the laundry)
- Shoes, nonskid slippers (minimal pairs needed)
- Basic toiletries
- Small file or other storage for medical, legal, financial paperwork
- Photographs to display or look at in books (digitize everything else to store)
- Special heirloom or memento to give a sense of home
- Small safe (but don’t bring jewelry, etc., that’s not regularly used)
- Pictures of family, paintings or other favorite collectables.
- Curtains (Blinds are provided)
- Lamps and lightbulbs
- Books and magazines
- Computer or tablet
- TV, Stereo, CD player, or alarm clock with radio
- Your favorite cup or mug for coffee or tea
What is the staff to resident ratio?
The state of South Carolina requires a minimum staff ratio of 1 associate for 8 residents during the day and 1 associate for 30 residents at night.
Is there someone there 24 hours a day?
Yes, there is always someone in the building. We also have the Response Care pendant system that allows the residents to push their pendant when they need help.
When can I visit?
Families are always welcome to visit.
Can I leave when I want?
Yes. Our residents are free to come and go through the front door of the community. Residents who are at risk of wandering do wear a special device that will lock the door upon approach.
Can I bring my car?
Do you have a nurse on site?
Yes, both of our communities have a nurse working weekdays and on call nights and weekends.
Do you have a pool?
Unfortunately we do not have a pool, but we can take you to the local YMCA.
How much does it cost to move in?
We have a one time community fee of $2,000.
Is there a bus to take residents out?
Yes, each community has a bus with a wheelchair lift and a car for smaller trips with residents who can get in and out of a standard vehicle.
Do you take Medicaid?
We are not a Medicaid provider.
How many Hope Arbor’s are there?
There are two locations for Hope Arbor. One in Loris and one in Murrells Inlet.