You want the best for your loved ones.

You want them to enjoy a fulfilling retirement lifestyle. That may include helping them find the right living option — the one that suits them now, and for years to come. Santa Marta has the information you need to understand your retirement community options to help your loved ones make the right choice. Or, depending on circumstances, help you make the right choice for them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Independent Living

What is independent living?

Independent living communities are designed for older adults who desire the conveniences of community life without the burdens of home maintenance. Some communities offer an enriched lifestyle with recreational, social and educational opportunities, while others provide housing and only a minimal amount of services and amenities.

What services and amenities are available at Santa Marta?

Santa Marta offers a comprehensive array of services and amenities, including restaurant-style dining, casual dining, a library, computer center, full-service salon and barber shop, chapel, fitness center, indoor pool and more. Plus, our complimentary transportation will take you wherever you need to go.

Will I have a voice in this community?

We encourage residents to participate in the community’s Resident Council – a special committee focused on different aspects of community life. Residents are able to actively participate in decisions that affect programming, activities, outings and more. For more information, complete our contact form and a helpful staff member will get in touch with you right away.

Health Services

What is assisted living?

Assisted living provides a distinct combination of individualized care, familiar neighborhood surroundings and professional expertise. Our residents are assured ongoing wellness evaluations and levels of care that address their specific needs. Licensed, compassionate staff assists with daily tasks as needed, and the many amenities available in assisted living help these residents more easily enjoy what matters most to them.

How do I know when someone needs assisted living?

It’s best to start with a physician’s assessment. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, or that of your loved one, you can match needs to the right level of assistance. When help with daily tasks is needed — taking medicines, bathing, dressing, meals, transportation and housekeeping — assisted living can be the answer. Trained professionals provide support while helping preserve an individual’s independence.

Skilled Nursing

What is skilled nursing care?

Skilled Nursing is for those who need greater care while recovering from a hospital stay, or who need longer-term care. Professional, compassionate support is delivered around the clock by licensed professionals, including RNs, LPNs, Certified Nurse Aides and Certified Medication Aides. We also offer custom programs that encourage maximum social interaction and preserve dignity.

When is skilled nursing necessary?

Commonly after an illness or injury. These are some conditions that often require skilled care for seniors:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac failure
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other major illness
  • Hip or bone fracture
  • Fall-related injury
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Severe osteoarthritis
When would someone need long-term care?

Potential candidates for long-term nursing care include those who are dealing with an ongoing health condition or disability chronic or severe pain, a chronic medical condition, permanent disability, dementia, or those who need help with activities of daily living.

Memory Support

How is memory support different from assisted living?

Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, affects more than just one person. At Santa Marta, we work with individuals, family members and caregivers, searching for the right balance of respect and care. Our thoughtful layout and design reduces confusion and provides complete security around the clock. With special programs designed for those with memory loss, memory support at Santa Marta enables pleasant and peaceful days.

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas, leading to loss of recent memories and new learning first, and eventually old memories, too.


What does physical therapy and rehabilitation include?

The Plaza at Santa Marta provides short- and long- term rehab through physical, speech and occupational therapies. Resident and nonresident seniors can receive expert care from our skilled pathologists and therapists using the most advanced treatments and technologies.

Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?

It’s similar in that it helps to restore strength and mobility. Occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through education in things like dressing, memory training and coordination exercises.

What can I expect from speech therapy?

Our skilled speech and language pathologists address communication issues and swallowing dysfunction. They’ll design treatment plans to help with language ability, provide alternate communication strategies and give appropriate diet recommendations.

Respite Care

What is respite care?

Professional caregivers provide short-term, round the clock care in a comfortable, secure environment. Loved ones can receive compassionate care and excellent amenities for a few hours or even a few days. Benefits of respite care can include assistance for a loved one after a hospital stay or during illness, a short break for family members, or needed support when you’re traveling.

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