The decision to move into our community is an important one that requires thoughtful consideration backed by thorough research and straightforward information. Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions to help guide important conversations with family, friends, and trusted advisors.
What is a CCRC?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) must offer independent living, assisted living, and licensed nursing care. Some CCRCs, like WCBR, also offer a specialized care setting for memory support.
Is the community accredited?
We are the only accredited CCRC in the greater Charlottesville region and nationally one of approximately 300 accredited CCRCs out of 2,500 CCRCs total. Accreditation is awarded by CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-Continuing Care Accreditation Commission).
What type of contract(s) do you offer? What does Lifecare mean?
We offer a "Type A" or Lifecare contract, as well as a modified "Type B" contract for those with long-term-care insurance. Lifecare means that access to the full continuum of long-term services is guaranteed without a change in the monthly fee. At our community, the continuum includes all private accommodations in assisted living (Catered Living), nursing care (Health Center), and memory support (Vista).
What services are included in the monthly fee?
The monthly fees include weekly housekeeping with linen and towel service; preventive maintenance; utilities (water, gas, electric, basic phone, and basic cable); choice of several meal plan options; access to common areas, including the fitness center; and unlimited access to our long-term care continuum.
If I require more services or move to a different level of care, how will that affect my monthly fee?
Under the Lifecare agreement, your monthly fee will not change because of a temporary or permanent move to a care area.
What happens if I encounter financial difficulty?
The Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation operates the Fellowship Program to provide confidential financial assistance to residents who, through no fault of their own, have outlived their resources. People experiencing financial difficulty with ongoing fees or incidental expenses, such as extraordinary dental expenses, may contact the Director of Resident Services for a confidential discussion.
Does the community have a residents' association?
Yes, all residents are members of the Residents' Association. Association representatives meet regularly with management to provide input about the care services and programs.
If I have long-term care insurance, should I still consider moving into a community?
Yes, long-term care insurance policies vary and coverage is limited. They cannot provide the peace of mind and coverage of a Lifecare community where future healthcare costs will be more predictable.
When should I consider moving into your community?
The best time to plan is when you can, before a diagnosis or crisis creates an emergency situation that may preclude thoughtful consideration and even acceptance into a CCRC. The majority of people moving into our community say, “I wish I’d done this sooner.”