Moving into a retirement living community is a major life decision. We have put together a few helpful resources to aid your decision making. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often is housekeeping provided?
In the main building a housekeeper will clean your apartment once a week which is included in the monthly rate.
What bills are included in the monthly fee?
All utilities are included except for the telephone. Gas Heat, air, trash pickup, water, cable. Electricity is included for the main building residents, however it is the responsibility of the Villa residents.
Is there a policy on pets?
Pets are welcome to visit as long as a family member is available to supervise the animal during the visit. We also have pet therapy animals come for visits.
Is there a policy on smoking?
We are a smoke free campus. Since our beginning, we have had a no tobacco usage policy in effect and our buildings were constructed with regard to a tobacco free policy.
Is the building locked at night?
Yes. For safety reasons the building is locked in the evening and the resident must use their key to gain entrance through the main doors or the end doors located at the end of each hallway.
I am on oxygen, what if the electricity goes out?
Our building is equipped with a generator that responds within 3 seconds if there is a power outage in the area.
Can a resident personalize their own apartments?
You may bring all your personal furnishings to decorate your apartment according to your own tastes. Pictures on the walls are encouraged, along with shelves and mirrors that will make you feel more at home. Any other modifications need to be requested in writing and approved before adding to your decor.
How is the noise level?
All apartments are separated by either a 6 or 8 inch firewall. This of course helps with safety but also prevents noise from transmitting between apartments. Many residents have brought pianos and organs to continue enjoying a pleasant pastime.
Is the temperature controlled by the apartment or the building?
Every resident has a thermostat which they set according to their personal preference. Because we use a HVAC system you may choose to use your air while your neighbor is free to use their heat if they so choose.
Is there a call system in my apartment?
There are emergency pull cords located in the bathroom and the bedrooms in the main building. There is also a communication speaker located in the Living room area to speak with someone in the office in an emergency. A staff member is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the premises.
How do I do my laundry?
There are laundry rooms available in each residential hallway. A service is available where a staff member will wash, dry, fold, and deliver your laundry for an affordable fee. The Villas have individual hook ups available in each apartment.
How long is the rental contract?
We have a month to month lease at Great Lakes Christian Homes.
Questions to Ask
If you are trying to decide whether our living is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Are the activities of daily living becoming stressful or overwhelming? If family or in-home help is not able to bridge the gap, independent living is an option.
2. Having an active social life is vital to your health and happiness. Being alone much of the time is a recipe for depression. The social aspect of independent living is a huge benefit. We offer a range of social and recreational activities. And the community environment also gives the opportunity to make new friends.
3. Perhaps your mobility is limited, making it difficult to walk up or down stairs. Maybe you're afraid of what might happen if you fell and couldn't get up, or experience another problem and couldn't get help.
4. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with living in your own home. Independent living homes can provide a home-like atmosphere, without the work of cooking, cleaning, shopping for groceries, and doing laundry.
5. Perhaps you're having trouble driving or can no longer drive. Having services such as Beauty/Barber Shop, Library and Gift Shop under one roof make an independent lifestyle that leaves you in control. You make choices that are right for you. With grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the house taken care of, you have the time and energy to focus on enjoying something you would rather do, like read a book, visit with friends and family or attend recreational activities.
Helpful Info & Organizations
Here are links to a few helpful websites and organizations...
Compare Nursing Homes - www.medicare.gov
AARP Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist - www.aarp.org
Download a Nursing Home Checklist - www.medicare.gov
Leading Age National - www.leadingage.org
Medicare and You - www.medicare.gov
Case Studies & Helpful Articles
Moving Your Aging Parent to a Retirement Community
While no two family situations are the same, there are several common scenarios that baby boomers face as their parents come to the point where it is no longer possible for them to live in their own home without assistance. The first is to have the parent move in with one of his or her children or another relative. The second is for a caregiver (family or paid) to provide in-home assistance. And the third is for the parent to move to another living situation entirely. We will focus on the third scenario... (From "The Life Transition Blog")
Home Away from Home: Relocating Your Parents
As your parent gets older, his/her care needs will change, and in most cases become more challenging. It's essential to develop a strategy for providing care, and this requires both practicality and planning. Consulting with a Geriatric Care Manager or social worker may be beneficial as you consider your options and what you will and will not be able to do for your parent... (From "FCA - Family Caregiver Alliance")
Should Your Elderly Parent Move into Independent Living?
As people age, they often look into relocating. When an elderly person still has the physical and mental capacity to live independently, but wants companionship with others who are their age, independent living could be a good option. Independent living communities promote seniors' active lifestyles while offering a secure environment and providing specific services and amenities related to elderly people's needs... (From "Agingcare.com")
Is Your Parent Ready for Assisted Living?
Moving into an assisted living facility can be hard for older adults, especially if they are accustomed to being independent and maintaining their own homes. The thought of leaving a beloved home that holds many years of memories can bring sadness and grief... (From "About.com")
9 Strategies to Help a Parent Who Refuses Care
Your mother resists in-home helpers, insisting you can wait on her. Your frail father won't stop driving. Your aunt denies the need for a personal care aide, in spite of her unwashed hair and soiled clothes. Your grandmother refuses to move to an assisted living facility "because it's full of old people." Sound familiar?...(From "Care.com")
Moving Elderly Parents: Convincing Mom and Dad
No matter what the age of your parent, Henry and other experts say now is the time to begin communicating about the future. If you open the lines of communication early on, she says, words like "nursing home" lose their sting later on. That's important, considering that most of Henry's clients approach her with little communication groundwork laid... (From "A Place for Mom")
Assisted Living: Weighing the Options
Assisted living residences are aimed at helping residents remain as self-sufficient as possible with the assurance of assistance when needed. A combination of housing, meals, personal care and support, social activities, 24-hour supervision and, in some residences, health-related services is usually provided. Assisted living facilities are a great choice for those who can't live on their own, but do not need nursing care. As needs change, these facilities offer different levels of care at different costs - and some are even associated with nursing facilities should your loved one eventually need full-time nursing care. (From "AARP")