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Information for adult children and their parents

Having the conversation with your parents about moving into a retirement community calls for understanding, patience and respect.  If possible, begin the dialogue when things are going well before a health crisis occurs.  Gathering information from websites and brochures is helpful but remember visiting a community is when you truly have the opportunity to experience the environment, meet the people, and decide if it feels right.

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At first mention, your parents might consider a move from their home as a loss of freedom.  Suggest they look at it another way.  Moving into a maintenance-free, supportive environment might actually offer them more freedom to live life as they choose.

At Danberry at Inverness, we are here to help adult children and families with answers and information.  Please call us at (205) 443-9500 if you need assistance or would like to arrange a tour of our community.

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 Information for adult children and their parents

When is the right time for my parents to move into a retirement community?

The best time for any person to move to a retirement community is when he or she is active and in good health. Danberry at Inverness is the perfect choice for anyone who desires to remain connected to the greater Birmingham area and stay engaged in familiar activities.  In addition, this exceptional lifestyle offers your loved ones the time and opportunities to discover new talents and make new friends.

How can I help my parents transition to a retirement community?

AARP suggests an adult child ask his or her parents questions that might help start the conversation.  You would not ask all these questions in one sitting but use them as a guide for topics of conversation when the moment is right.

A few examples:  is your home still appropriate for your needs?  Are there stairs, or security issues?  Do you need help with household chores?  Can you cook your favorite meals?  Hear the doorbell ring?  Do you feel comfortable driving?  Would it be a great relief to have transportation available right at your door? Are your prescriptions current and are you taking your medications correctly?  Have you seen the doctor lately?  Do you get lonely, especially at mealtimes?

What are the advantages of a rental community versus one that requires an entrance fee?

No entrance fee required means your parents don’t have to tie up their savings or investments, and they can remain in control of their financial future.  At Danberry at Inverness, for one reasonable monthly fee, they can enjoy a remarkable lifestyle with advantages no other retirement address in the Birmingham area can offer.

What sets Danberry at Inverness apart?

There are many unique advantages to senior living at Danberry at Inverness—affordability (no entrance fee), gorgeous architecture, upscale amenities, a great location, exceptional on-site Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and in-home companion care if needed—and best of all, exceptional hospitality.  As residents, your parents will enjoy customer service that is cheerful, professional and eager to please.  They’ll feel at home, because the people who work and live at Danberry at Inverness love it!

How can I check the Alabama Department of Public Health Survey to see how Danberry at Inverness measured?

To find out how Danberry at Inverness measured in the latest Alabama Department of Public Health Survey for Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, CLICK HERE.

We are proud to report that we received a “deficiency free” status with no citations, reflecting our continued commitment to the highest level of quality service and care for our residents.

Can my parents decorate their residence?

Absolutely.  Your parents are invited to make themselves at home by furnishing or decorating their residence as they choose. In fact, all new residents receive two complimentary hours of maintenance assistance with hanging artwork, draperies, and so on.  Residents at Danberry at Inverness have their choice of apartments in nine floor plans with one, two and three bedrooms.  Each features a full kitchen and washer and dryer. Assisted Living residents have the comfort of private suites with private bathrooms.

May my parents bring their pet?

Pets are most welcome at Danberry at Inverness in Independent Living and Assisted Living. There are a few weight and size restrictions, so just give us a call and we can give you the details.

Is there a move-in coordinator at Danberry at Inverness to help with the process?

Yes, our complimentary move-in concierge is here to help you plan and execute your move.  This can include suggestions on downsizing, as well as how to pack your things and choosing a moving company.  Once your parents arrive at Danberry at Inverness, the concierge can help coordinate moving day and ensure that the process is as stress-free as possible.

What amenities are available?

Some of the amenities include a beautiful indoor saltwater pool, salon and spa, fitness center, several dining venues including a pub, resident gardens, library, movie theater, wellness clinic, beauty salon and barber shop, and convenience store.  Services include scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping, and lots more.

How do we know Danberry at Inverness offers my parents the best value?

Danberry at inverness offers many of the amenities of more expensive communities without a large entrance fee commitment.  A one-time community fee and a regular monthly service fee cover lifetime use of a residence and a wide range of amenities and services. This means your parents are enjoying a first-class lifestyle on par with a fine resort—yet at the same time, they have the reassurance of knowing that quality Assisted Living and supportive services are on-site if needed.  24-hour staffing provides precious peace of mind.

What awards has Danberry at Inverness won?

Danberry at Inverness has been a Silver Award winner in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Best of 50+ Housing Competition; two-time recipient of the Mayor’s Award from the Hoover Beautification Board; winner of the Award of Excellence from South Central Construction’s Best of Construction and Design Awards; recipient of the Building of America Network Award; and a two-time winner of the CRSA Spirit Award.   Danberry at Inverness has also received the Excellence Award for 5-star reviews on senioradvisor.com. With more to come!

I want to know more about Assisted Living.

Assisted Living offers individuals assistance with the activities of daily living—dressing, bathing, dining, medication management—while still offering every opportunity for maintaining the highest possible level of independence.  When researching a community offering assisted living, be sure to visit and observe.  Are residents smiling and comfortable?  Is there positive social interaction?  Can each resident select his or her meals from a menu?  Are registered nurses on-site 24 hours a day? Talk with staff, as well as with other family members you meet and get their input as well.

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What are the advantages of choosing Assisted Living in a retirement community like Danberry at inverness?

In the past, if you were searching for a lifestyle that offered assistance with the activities of daily living, you might be directed to a nursing home or care facility that covered only basic needs and forced you to give up what matters most.  Not true anymore.

At Danberry at Inverness, your parent or loved one has all the advantages of an exceptional full-service lifestyle coupled with the comfort of knowing that trained professional staff is close by to provide the support needed.  Assisted Living in a bustling, vibrant community like Danberry at Inverness provides unmatched opportunities for companionship, enrichment and just as important…fun! Plus, you have the reassurance that on-site Memory Care is also available if ever needed.

Will my parent's long-term insurance help pay for Assisted Living or Memory Care?

Most policies do help cover the costs of Assisted Living, but you will need to review your specific coverage to be sure.  We can help—just bring a copy of your policy with you when you visit Danberry at Inverness.

What is Memory Care?

Memory care provides a specialized environment for residents coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, or other dementia-related disorders. Therapeutic activities and programs help maximize existing cognitive abilities, diminish anxiety, lessen confusion, and increase peace of mind.

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When is living at home no longer an option?

A few factors to watch for:  a senior who suddenly stops doing a longtime hobby, or withdraws.  Sudden weight loss. Change in grooming habits. A house in disorder. An inability to follow conversations. If you suspect memory loss is disrupting your loved one’s daily routine, it could be time to seek medical advice.

What advantages does Danberry at Inverness offer a senior facing memory loss?

A quality memory care program provides countless benefits such as safety, nutrition, and professional support. Activities and programs provide mental stimulation and interaction.  Therapeutic tools such as music and art can awaken the senses and provide moments of personal success. Memory care offered in a full-service senior living community such as Danberry at Inverness offers the additional advantages of a wide range of amenities.

Is any assistance available For Veterans or their spouses?

If you are a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran, you may be eligible for a wide variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. These include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocation rehabilitation and employment, and burial.  For complete details, go to www.benefits.va.gov.

Glossary of Terms

  • Activities of Daily Living: The tasks people perform each day, such as dressing, bathing, grooming, dining, medication management.
  • Assisted Living: Assisted Living offers individuals assistance with the activities of daily living—dressing, bathing, dining, and medication management. Services such as transportation, dining, housekeeping and more usually are included.
  • Dementia: Dementia can be a variety of diagnoses, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s. This disease begins slowly, but over time, symptoms worsen. While occasional memory problems are common for individuals over age 65, people with dementia cannot retrieve information and in most cases, lose the ability to remember.
  • Health Care Navigator: The Health Care Navigator at Danberry at Inverness provides extra support when you need assistance in maintaining your lifestyle, and also acts as a liaison to scheduling health- and medical-related appointments and services.
    Should your health care needs change, the Health Care Navigator provides you with assistance in securing the appropriate level of health services, whether provided in your residence by qualified and approved home health caregivers (such as our In-Home Companion Services) or in Danberry’s Assisted Living and Memory Care.
  • Long-term Care Insurance
    Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance developed specifically to cover the cost of skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care and other long-term care services. These services are usually not covered by traditional health insurance or Medicare.

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  • Medicare
    The federal health insurance program for people who are 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover specific services and care.
  • Medicaid
    A program of medical assistance designed for those unable to afford regular medical service and financed by the state and federal governments—available only in a skilled nursing setting.
    Neither Danberry at Inverness Assisted Living nor Danberry at Inverness Memory Care accepts Medicare or Medicaid. However, if you would like more specific information, go to www.medicare.gov.
  • Memory Care
    Memory care provides a specialized atmosphere for residents coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related disorders. Therapeutic activities and programs help maximize cognitive development, diminish anxiety, lessen confusion and increase peace of mind.
  • Veterans Benefits
    If you are a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran, you may be eligible for a wide variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. These include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocation rehabilitation and employment, and burial. For complete details, go to www.benefits.va.gov.

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Insurance

Long-term care insurance is not required to be either a resident of Danberry at Inverness.  However, if you do have a long-term insurance policy, it might cover some of the costs of Assisted Living and Memory Care.  Check with your insurance advisor for details or feel free to bring your policy with you when you visit and we can help you.

Veterans Aid

If you are a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran, you may be eligible for Veterans benefits that can assist with the costs associated with Assisted Living and Memory Care. Let us help you get the answers.