Frequently Asked Questions

– What is Assisted Living?
At Sommerset Neighborhood, assisted living is a special combination of housing, personalized support services and health care designed to respond to the individual needs of those who need help with activities of daily living but do not need the specialized care of a nursing home. Assisted living care promotes independence and dignity for each resident and encourages the involvement of the resident’s family, neighbors and friends; staff is available to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs.

– Is Sommerset a “nursing home”?
Sommerset Assisted Living Residences are an alternative to the traditional nursing home care. Our residences, located in south Oklahoma City, are designed for people who desire the peace of mind of health care services provided by certified nursing staff in a comfortable, home-like setting.

– How does Sommerset differ from other settings offering care for Seniors?
At Sommerset, the resident is in control. With 24 hour certified staff to provide care and assistance, Sommerset residents enjoy a secure and worry-free life-style; to receive the kind of care they need, when they need it, in a home-like environment. Our emphasis on individuality extends to our suites as well. Residents choose from four different suite plans, each with a full private bath, mini-kitchen and comfortable sleeping and living areas. Residents furnish their own suite with their own furniture and decor items – we can even help hang favorite family photos and mementos.

– Is medication administration included?
Yes, medication administration is included in all four levels of care.
There is no additional charge to administer medications.

– What is Progressive Care?
The concept of Progressive Care allows our residents to transition from the assisted living level of care into an area with a higher staff-to-resident ratio. Now residents can stay within their Sommerset community longer as an alternative to prematurely transferring to a nursing home simply due to the requirement of more one-on-one assistance as health needs increase. The result is a higher quality of life for a longer period of time and reduced stress for residents and families.

– Do Sommerset Assisted Living Residences have outdoor areas and courtyards?
Yes, outdoor courtyards are accessible in each Care Level. In the Memory Care area, the outdoor courtyard is secured and alarmed.

– Does Sommerset Assisted Living Residences assist in acquiring Aid and Attendance Pension?
Yes, Sommerset’s staff can assist you to see if you are eligible for the Aid and Attendance Pension.

– Who is most likely to qualify for the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension?
Veterans and surviving spouses in assisted living, nursing facilities, or those receiving at-home care are most likely to qualify.

– What are the basic qualifications for the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension?

  • Did the veteran service in active duty for at least 90 days, with at least one day during a declared state of war?
  • If you are a surviving spouse, were you married to the veteran at the time of his passing?
  • Do you require the assistance of another person to perform daily activities of living?
  • Are you paying for care that is now or will soon exceed your monthly income?
  • Will care be needed on a permanent basis?

What are the stages of dementia?

While memory and forgetfulness are normal parts of the aging process, declines in memory that interfere with relationships and normal everyday activities are not.

Awareness of changes in memory or “forgetfulness”, such as recalling recent facts or information.
Inventing stories to fill in memory gaps.
Anger or annoyance to questions requiring direct memory skills.

Early Dementia
Problems begin with language and communication, resulting in difficulty with words and names.
Thinking back to happy times or reliving the pasts.
May experience difficulty with coordinated efforts and movements.
May begin to confuse personal relationships or misplace objects.
Denial of the condition.

Moderate Dementia
Inability to handle complex tasks like finances and travel.
Personality and emotions change, which can include talking to an imaginary relative or becoming obsessive about something.
Wandering, looking for something or someone.
Language deficits leading to the use of gestures.
Requires some assistance with day-to-day living.

Advanced Dementia
Speech is limited to select words or phrases.
Decline in physical abilities like walking, sitting, and smiling.
Loss of ability to swallow and control bladder and bowel functions.
Complete dependence on caregiver for basic needs.
If memory losses begin to affect work or everyday activities, contact your doctor.