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Assisted Living
Programs that enable residents to stay safely independent by offering help with activities of daily living. Services and pricing can vary widely.

C

Caregiver or CNA
Refers to day-to-day caregivers in senior living settings who may assist with medications, dressing, dining, etc. These are often certified professionals—Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs).

Fee-for-Service (Type C)
Fee-for-service continuing care contracts require an entrance payment and ongoing monthly fees but do not include any discounted health care or assisted living services. Rather, the resident receives priority or guaranteed admission for these services, as needed, but must pay the regular per diem rate paid by those admitted from outside the CCRC. With this type of contract, the resident bears the financial burden of his or her additional long-term care needs. The charges will vary, depending upon the services needed.

ContinuingCare™ (Type B)
With this type of contract, the resident pays an entrance payment and ongoing monthly fees for the right to stay in an independent living unit and receive certain services and amenities. The Type B contract obligates the CCRC to provide residents with appropriate assisted living or nursing care for a specified number of days at no extra charge and/or at rates that are discounted from those charged to those admitted from outside the CCRC. The number of covered days and/or the discount varies from community to community. The CCRC bears the financial burden of the resident’s long-term care during the covered period; thereafter, the financial responsibility for long-care shifts to the resident, who must pay the regular per diem rate charged to those admitted from outside the CCRC.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
Organization that offers multiple residential options and services, so you can stay in one community, even if your needs change. Residential options include independent- and assisted-living programs as well as skilled nursing. Services range from meals and housekeeping to recreational programs and emergency care.

H

HealthyLife™ Services
A comprehensive program designed to enhance and enrich your active lifestyle by offering new opportunities for you in four essential areas of life: fitness, nutrition, active life and well-being.

I

Independent Living
Residents are self-sufficient and are able to plan and execute their days with no assistance with activities of daily living.

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LifeCare® (Type A)
This is the original full-service contract in which individuals (or couples) agree to pay an entrance payment and ongoing monthly fees in exchange for living accommodations and an extensive range of services and amenities. A Type A contract generally provides for a resident’s transfer to the appropriate level of care—assisted living or nursing, either on-site or accessible off-site—for an unlimited time at little or no additional cost. The CCRC bears the majority of the financial burden of the resident’s long-term care.

LifeSTYLE Promise™
Our all-encompassing ideology that residents deserve choices, control and flexibility when it comes to living their lives. At a Life Care Services community, we focus on delivering an extensive variety of services for a rare level of individualization. When it comes to service, every resident is given a personal, attentive approach to hospitality and customer service, at the highest standard.

M

Medicare
A health insurance program, administered by the United States government, for people 65+ or those with specified disabilities. For more details on Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov.

Medicaid
A health care coverage program for families and individuals with low incomes and limited resources. It is administered by individual states for their own residents. For more information about income and asset Medicaid eligibility, contact your local Family Independence Agency or your local health department.

P

Preferred Choice Dining™
Our Preferred Choice Dining program gives the flexibility to dine as you choose. You can enjoy a chef-prepared meal in the restaurant-style dining room, have a light lunch in the café or order from the take-out menu and dine at home. Each resident is given a set amount of money or credits each month to spend on meals/drinks of their choice, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.

R

Respite Care
The act of leaving a loved one with special needs in the temporary care of another party.

Return-of-Capital™
A type of Residency Agreement where a specified portion of the Entrance Payment will be refunded to the Resident or their estate.

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Select Services™
Select Services, an innovative set of time-proven programs designed to offer Wyndemere residents a complete range of lifestyle choices and opportunities.

Skilled Nursing
Medicare defines skilled nursing as a level of care that includes services to be performed safely and correctly only by a licensed nurse. Long-term residents have unstable or chronic conditions that require substantial daily assistance. Short-term residents receive rehabilitation therapy and nursing care to recover from acute illnesses, injuries or surgeries.

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