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Today's seniors are the first generation to have multiple options for retirement living, and as their children or someone assisting to make this decision, it’s nice to understand all those options so you can help them with this big decision.

Some senior living communities—like Wyndemere—which is a Life Care Services community, combine an amazingly active lifestyle with the assurance of health care if ever needed—and that benefits everyone in the family.

Things are changing. Instead of talking about your future plans, it’s time to talk about your parents’ plans. We’re here to help provide you the facts to get started. Below are some insights we’d like to share and answers to some of your most important questions:

 

What terms do I need to know to navigate health care options?
When and where should I start?
What about future security?
Will my parents feel at home?

What terms do I need to know to navigate health care options?
You’ve probably heard the term CCRC, but what does it mean? Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) provide residential living for today’s independent, active seniors and most offer some type of on-site health care for the future. What exactly is provided, along with the terms and conditions for accessing care, differ depending on the type of community.

Here’s a snapshot of the benefits offered by a Life Care (Type A) CCRC:

  • Unlimited days of health services at virtually no additional cost to your monthly fee
  • A full continuum of care at a quality, on-site health center in a private or semi-private suite
  • Initial cost may be perceived as higher, but it covers everything, including future long-term health services, therefore protecting your estate
  • Part of the monthly fee may qualify as a medical expense tax deduction
  • Amenities, dining, services and maintenance-free living are included

A Continuing Care CCRC (Type B) offers a modified plan:

  • Covers specified long-term health services at a discounted rate or a number of “free days”
  • Included health services are set over a period of time without a substantial increase in the monthly fee
  • Amenities, dining, services and maintenance-free living are included

Here’s what Fee-for-Service (Type C) CCRCs offer:

  • Financial flexibility with an initially lower costs and out-of-pocket health care only as needed and typically at the market rate
  • Health services are not covered in either the entry fee or monthly fee
  • Typically allow outside admissions directly into the Health Center for short-term rehab, long-term assisted living and skilled care
  • Amenities and dining are included, some services may be offered at an additional charge

To familiarize yourself with more terminology, visit our FAQ and Terms.

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When and where should I start?
Now is the ideal time for you and your parents to lay the groundwork for their fulfilling future rather than waiting for a health crisis to dictate where and how they will live. Good news—you’ve already begun the process just by researching online!

The next step is to contact a community in your area to get more information. At Wyndemere, we pride ourselves as being the resource for family members. Contact us and we’ll send you valuable information for starting the conversation and introducing your loved one to a lifestyle that could help them live happier, healthier and longer! The residents often say, “I wish I would have moved here sooner!” and we think you’ll agree once you experience our community.

Still have more questions before we make the introduction? Browse our site and request a guide to learn more.

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What about future security?
The word security means different things to different people. For some, it’s feeling physically safe in their environment. For others, it’s ease in knowing friends and family are nearby. Sometimes, it’s even the relief and confidence that come with having a solid plan for the future—a plan that includes health services.

Know the Who, Where and When.
At Life Care Services, our more than 40 years of serving seniors has taught us the interpretation of security is very important in the eyes of our residents and their family members. We’ve also learned by putting residents at the center of everything we do, and offering choices based on their wants, needs and desires, we can foster an even greater sense of security for each resident.

Imagine the peace of mind that comes with knowing your parent is in control now and in the future, with health services if needed.

You might be surprised to discover this important fact: dollar-for-dollar, Wyndemere could offer your loved one more financial freedom and security. 

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Will my parents feel at home?
We promote a personal, attentive, secure approach to helping your family member stay in control. As a Wyndemere resident, your family member has the opportunity to participate in and schedule how services are structured and delivered. The choices, control and flexibility they have at a Life Care Services community, for example, make up what we call our LifeSTYLE Promise™. This means:

  • They  choose where and when they dine each day—even in our health center.
  • Housekeeping services are scheduled at times that best fit their  schedule.
  • Social, recreational and cultural activities are planned based on their  preferences.

Our photo gallery will give you a small glimpse into the lifestyle here. To get the full experience, contact us to schedule lunch and a tour for you and your parents or just you!

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