Frequently Asked Questions

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What is “senior living?” What makes it different from a nursing home?

Senior living encompasses a range of living options for older adults, including “independent living,” “assisted living,” “supportive living” and “memory care.”Atria communities offer one or a combination of these living options. All provide services and amenities like full-service dining, housekeeping, transportation, 24-hour staff – plus a well-rounded schedule of social, educational and cultural opportunities. Our assisted living and memory care communities also provide discreet assistance with daily tasks like medication reminders, bathing and getting dressed, incontinence care, and getting to and from meals and events. A select number of our assisted living communities also offer services that may include diabetes care, oxygen and breathing treatments, and catheter/ostomy care.

Senior living is a residential community offering services and amenities like a hotel, and help with daily tasks if needed. A nursing home is a medical institution designed to provide advanced, skilled medical care for those who need it.

How do I know if Atria can meet my care needs?

Atria assisted living and memory care communities have a licensed nurse on staff who performs an assessment of potential residents to determine if we are the right fit. These assessments help us see that our residents receive appropriate care and are among the factors we consider in determining and monitoring staff levels.

Even if the assessment determines that Atria is not appropriate for you, we will help you find somewhere that is. To learn more or schedule an assessment, contact the Atria community near you.

Can someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia live at Atria?

Yes. Many Atria communities offer Life Guidance® memory care neighborhoods, where specially trained staff provide innovative, highly personalized care in an intimate, structured environment. Learn about Life Guidance at Atria here.

How much does it cost to live at Atria?

All Atria communities offer private-pay rental apartments (some offer cottages or villas). Terms are month-to-month, and no “buy-in” fee is required. Residents pay a single monthly rental rate that includes dining, events, housekeeping and linen services, apartment and community maintenance, and scheduled transportation. Most Atria communities also offer assisted or supportive living services for an additional monthly charge based on the nature of the services and the time required to perform them. Rental rates and care service rates vary by community. To learn more, contact the Atria community near you.

Is living at Atria tax-deductible?

You may be eligible for certain deductions on your federal tax return depending on the types of services and the level of care you require. Learn more here or speak with your financial advisor for additional information.

Is a security deposit required? How about other fees?

A security deposit is required at some Atria communities. A new resident service fee or higher first month’s rent is assessed at most Atria communities to offset one-time costs associated with move-in. Because these charges vary by community and by state, check with the community of your choice for more information.

Can I bring my own furnishings to my apartment?

Absolutely. This is your home, and you should have all the comforts and furnishings you enjoy. Atria residents take pride in decorating their apartments and doors and adding their own personal touches to their homes.

Can I bring my pet to Atria?

Most Atria communities allow residents to keep pets in their apartment; fees may apply. All required vaccinations and licensing must be current. Size and temperament requirements vary by community. Check with the community you are considering for more details.

Is smoking allowed at Atria?

We are sensitive to the health needs of all of our residents, so all Atria communities are non-smoking environments. However, some of our communities offer dedicated areas for residents and their guests to smoke. Check with the community you are considering for more details.

What if I have a medical emergency?

All Atria apartments are either equipped with an emergency alert system or have pendant systems available. Staff members are on-site 24 hours a day to respond and offer immediate assistance and call emergency services if needed.

What kind of activities and events are offered?

Atria communities offer a robust calendar of more than 200 opportunities for learning, creativity, exercise and spirituality every month through our Engage Life program. Every event is designed to touch on at least one of eight specific components to keep the mind, body and spirit active.From concerts and guest lectures to theater and exercise, games and classes, services and celebrations, civic and volunteer opportunities, shopping and museums, movies and dances, and much more, you can remain as active and involved as you like. Learn more about Engage Life here.

How’s the food at Atria?

Atria residents dine with their neighbors, and choose from many delicious menu options created and prepared by professional chefs. Many special dietary requirements, including no-salt-added and no-concentrated-sweets diets, are easily accommodated. Learn more about our Culinary program here.

Will I have privacy at Atria?

One of the things people enjoy most about living at Atria is that they can enjoy the warm company of friends and neighbors when they want to, and relax in the privacy of their own apartments whenever they prefer. With the exception of some apartments in our memory care neighborhoods, all Atria apartments feature a private bathroom.

Is there transportation and is it wheelchair accessible?

Scheduled transportation to local appointments, errands and outings is included in the monthly rental rate at most Atria communities. All Atria buses are wheelchair accessible.

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