Common Questions - The Gardens Assisted Living at Cherokee

Common Questions

What are Activities of Daily Living?

Daily activities that an individual needs in order to care for themselves such as taking medications, bathing, dressing, transferring and ambulating.

Does Long Term Care Insurance cover Assisted Living?

Even if your policy states it will ONLY cover a nursing home, this is no longer the case. If you meet the requirements of your policy, it may cover certified assisted livings’.

Are the apartments purchased or leased?

The Gardens does not require a large “buy-in” fee. The apartments are leased on a month to month basis.

Are the apartments furnished or unfurnished?

The apartments are unfurnished. Tenants are encouraged to bring their own belongings from home to furnish and decorate the apartment. We want you to feel comfortable in your new home.

What is Respite Care?

Respite Care is available for individuals needing personal care for a short period of time. For example; when an individual is discharged from the hospital they may require some additional assistance until they are strong enough to return home. Or, a loved one caring for a spouse or parent may want to take a break for a short period of time.

Are there benefits available for Veterans?

Yes! If you are a veteran or spouse of a veteran there may be additional benefits available. To find out more please call!

If my loved one needs therapy or hospice care, can they receive it at The Gardens?

Of Course! The Gardens is not contracted with any provider so our tenants can choose their own therapy or hospice provider. We have already successfully worked with several different providers for therapy and hospice care and look forward to supporting your decision. We strive to give our tenants as many choices as possible. 

What do we do when a loved one exceeds the care The Gardens is able to provide?

This is a question we are asked often. We are proud to say that over 80% of tenants living at The Gardens  never have to transfer to another higher level of care facility. If The Gardens is not able to meet all of your loved ones needs, we will help guide the family through the move.

How is Assisted Living regulated?

The Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals is responsible for regulating all certified assisted living centers in Iowa.

Do I need an appointment to come to your facility?

We always welcome visitors to The Gardens. If you would like to tour the facility, an appointment is always appreciated so we have staff available to do so. Also, if you would like to look at an apartment, we may need an appointment scheduled so we can get prior authorization from the occupying tenants. 

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