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What is an assisted lifestyle community?

Assisted lifestyle communities are designed for people who value independence but who also need help with certain daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, meals, and taking medication.

What is the difference between an assisted lifestyle community and a nursing home?

In contrast to an assisted lifestyle community, nursing homes are equipped to provide individuals with medical assistance for major acute medical conditions that require round the clock nursing care. Assisted lifestyle communities like GateWay enable adults 22-64 that have some needs for assistance to retain their independence. Assisted lifestyle communities have private apartments, bathrooms, and kitchenettes while providing abundant amenity space and a supportive staff.

How is GateWay different from other assisted lifestyle communities?

GateWay has developed an innovative business model that makes a quality assisted lifestyle affordable for most income levels. Residents of most income levels including those who qualify for financial support can enjoy a lifestyle of unmatched quality and personalized service.

The community provides residents with a 24-hour staff that will help them with everyday needs such as getting in and out of bed, obtaining medications, housekeeping, laundry, meals, and social activities.

How will my level of care be assessed?

When you move in, our staff will assess your current health and medical history to tailor an individual plan that meets your needs. Our staff will inform you of the cost of your care.

What happens if I need assistance in an emergency?

GateWay is staffed 24 hours per day. Each apartment features an emergency alert system to notify staff immediately if you need assistance. Our staff also conducts wellness checks periodically throughout the day.

Are pets allowed at GateWay?

Registered service animals are permitted at GateWay. With prior written approval, caged pet birds and/or fish in aquariums may be allowed in the units. However, we don’t permit dogs, cats, or other pets except for temporary visitation under specific circumstances and under leash.

How old do you have to be to live at GateWay?

GateWay is for residents 22-64.

How much does GateWay cost?

A simple monthly fee covers everything. The monthly charge varies with each resident’s ability to pay. Please contact us to learn more.

What if you lack the resources to pay?

If you lack the resources to pay at any point, as long as you qualify for government assistance such as Medicaid or veteran’s benefits you can remain a resident of GateWay.

What is included in the cost?

Each residence includes a living area, sleeping area, kitchenette, spacious bathroom, and emergency alert system. Residents also enjoy these amenities, services and community features:


  • 24-hour staff
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • Three meals plus snacks served daily in a restaurant-style dining room
  • Medication delivery and reminders
  • Free weekly laundry and housekeeping
  • Social, recreational and wellness programming
  • Regular health and wellnes checks including weight monitoring, blood pressure, and nursing consultations
  • Emergency call monitor throughout the community
  • Transportation to shopping and scheduled outing
  • Private dining room for special occasions

Community Features

  • Beautifully appointed common area for socializing and entertaining
  • Landscaped grounds, walking paths and raised gardens
  • Outdoor patio
  • Activity rooms and Cafe area
  • Fully-accessible fitness room and onsite physical therapy suite
  • Library
  • Hair salon
  • Resident lounges on each floor
  • Computer lounge
  • On-site store for necessities

What can I bring to an assisted lifestyle community?

This is your home, so you should bring all the personal effects and comforts you enjoy, including your own furniture.

What activities does the community offer?

GateWay believes in promoting resident health and happiness through social interaction and wellness. We offer a variety of activities to ensure there is always something to do. Everything from games to classes to social outings are offered. We are always open to new suggestions from our residents.

Are social activities mandatory?

Residents at GateWay can choose to participate in as much or as little as they like.

Can I bring a car? How will I get around?

You may bring a car, but a car is not required. GateWay provides scheduled transportation for everyday errands and outings including doctor appointments, grocery shopping, and banking needs. Parking is available for visitors as well.

How do I know I'll be safe?

Security is important at GateWay. Guests are required to sign in so all comings and goings can be monitored. Staff members must pass a background check as part of the hiring process.

What financing options are available?

For more than 50 years, Medicaid has provided a safety net so that individuals can get the support for daily living even after they have depleted their own resources. A joint program of the federal and state governments, Medicaid can cover the costs associated with receiving assisted living services at GateWay at River City. A person seeking financial support from Medicaid applies through the state in which he or she resides. The state determines how Medicaid benefits are provided.


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