Frequently asked questions.

Independent living frequently asked questions

What is an independent living community?

Independent living communities are designed for older adults who want the conveniences of community life without the burdens of home maintenance. Wyndemere offers an enriched lifestyle with recreational, social and educational opportunities; many other communities provide housing and only a minimal number of services and amenities.

Will I have a voice in the community?

Yes! We encourage residents to participate in our community resident committees — special committees focused on different aspects of community life. Residents are able to actively participate in decisions regarding social programming, activities, outings and more.

What’s an entrance fee?

Residents pay a one-time refundable entrance fee that gives them the exclusive right to live in the community for life. The fee is an upfront sum to help cover community operating expenses and provides access to all the amenities and services offered on our campus. Your entrance fee is based on the size of residence you choose and the number of occupants. For more information, talk with a sales counselor.

LifeCare frequently asked questions

What does LifeCare give me?

LifeCare at Wyndemere gives you a home for life, as well as care for life. In addition to your independent living residence and access to every community service and amenity, you have priority access to Assisted Living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, as long as you need it — for life.

What’s the upfront cost?

The entrance payment is roughly comparable to area home costs, and it’s helpful to discuss this cost with a sales counselor early in your inquiry. Keep in mind that you’ll be refunded at least 75% of your original payment for our LifeCare option or 90% of your fee for service entrance payment.

What’s the Monthly Service Fee?

One Monthly Service Fee covers most of your living costs — from dining, to maintenance, to utilities. The floor plan you chose, however, determines what your Monthly Service Fee will be. And if you’re a couple, there’ll be a second-person cost added monthly. Wyndemere offers several return-of-capital plans tailored to your needs.

What if my spouse needs a higher level of care, but I don’t?

You stay in your independent living residence and your spouse moves into skilled nursing. You don’t pay for two residences, nor do you need to move with your spouse. You simply pay for two extra meals per day and any individual charges outside of your room and board. That’s why the true value of LifeCare is peace of mind. Your costs are predictable, can be planned and don’t increase significantly even if you or your spouse’s health needs change.

How does LifeCare protect my finances?

LifeCare gives you predictable monthly fees throughout all levels of care and allows you to control your future health care costs. Plus, at least 75% of your original payment for our LifeCare option or 90% of your fee for service entrance payment is refundable, offering you outstanding estate protection.

Assisted Living frequently asked questions

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living balances care with independence in familiar neighborhood surroundings. Residents are assured ongoing wellness evaluations and personalized care that addresses their specific needs. Licensed, compassionate team members assist with daily tasks as needed and the many amenities and life-enriching activities are geared toward helping 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 may be the answer. Trained professionals provide support while helping preserve an individual’s independence.

What if my loved one needs more than what’s provided in Assisted Living?

We offer a full continuum of on-site care for all independent living residents. Our Assisted Living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing staff, provide around-the-clock care for individuals recovering from illness or injury or those needing more long-term care or support.

Memory care frequently asked questions

How is memory care different from Assisted Living?

Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, affects your loved one and your entire family. At Westbridge, we work with individuals, family members and caregivers, searching for the right balance of respect and care. Our home-like layout and design reduces confusion and provides complete security around the clock. With special programs designed for those with memory loss, memory care at Westbridge 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 in themselves, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions.

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 long-term memories, too.

Long-term skilled nursing frequently asked questions

What is long-term skilled nursing?

Skilled nursing is for those who need longer-term care delivered around the clock by licensed professionals, including RNs, LPNs and certified nurse aides. We also offer custom programs that encourage maximum social interaction and preserve dignity.

When is long-term skilled nursing necessary?

If you’re finding it difficult to continue day-to-day care for your loved one, feeling emotionally drained or tired, or becoming increasingly concerned about your loved one’s safety, it may be time to consider long-term care. Some conditions that often require long-term care for seniors include:

  • 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 skilled nursing care?

A person may be a candidate for long-term care if they have one or more of these needs:

  • Health care services above the level of room and board
    • These services on a daily basis
    • These services on an inpatient basis
  • Continuous supervision
  • At least some assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, eating, walking, personal grooming and the like)
  • Services ordered by and provided under the direction of a physician

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, or dementia.

Rehabilitation frequently asked questions

What is subacute/short-term rehab care?

Subacute or short-term rehab care is provided in a skilled nursing setting and typically serves to transition a patient from hospital to home by assisting with the recovery process.

On average, how long does a rehabilitation patient stay before returning home?

The length of a patient’s stay varies based on that person’s specific needs. Some patients stay a week or two; others may stay longer to achieve their recovery goals.

Wynscape has a physician who specializes in rehabilitation on site five days a week, as well as a doctorate-prepared nurse practitioner. They collaborate with our care team to ensure your loved one recovers quickly and returns home as soon as possible.

Who pays for the patient’s care?

Coverage for short-term rehabilitation varies depending on the type of insurance the patient has. You can contact the Admissions team at the skilled nursing center, and they’ll verify benefits and explain what’s covered.

How often does a physician see patients?

At Wynscape, our physiatrist (a physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine) strives to see patients within 24 hours or on the next working day, which far exceeds the industry standard of 30-60 days. Our nurse practitioner sees patients up to three days per week, depending on the patient’s medical condition. Most of our staff physicians conduct rounds weekly.

What do physical therapy and rehabilitation include?

We provide short-term rehab through physical, speech, occupational and orthopedic therapies at Wynscape. Residents can receive expert care from our speech pathologists and therapists who use the most advanced treatments and technologies.

Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?

It’s similar in that it helps restore strength and mobility. Occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through specialized therapies for getting dressed, 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.

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