Tools to Help You Make a Smart Decision

Whether you’re exploring senior living options for yourself or for your parent, you need to have tools and information to help you make the right choice. We’ve created some resources to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision.

FAQs
Choosing the Right Community
Talking with Your Parents
Move-in Services
Planning Resources
Adult Child Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Type A Continuing Care Community?

This is a term often used to distinguish communities that offer lifestyle options, with virtually no additional increase to monthly fees, whether you are in a residence or a residential health services program. Casa de las Campanas is the only not-for-profit Type A Life Care community in San Diego County. By contrast, some Life Plan Communities provide continuing care with a modified or fee-for-service contract, requiring additional fees for living at higher levels of care.

What is an entrance fee?

Communities often charge a one-time entrance fee. It’s an upfront sum to help cover community operating expenses and prepay some of the fees that come with offering access to continuing care for life. It also ensures priority access to all levels of health care, in case you ever need such care. At Casa, your entrance fee is based on the size of residence you choose and the number of occupants (you, or you and one additional occupant).

What’s included in the monthly fee?

Monthly fees for residents include use of all community amenities as well as personal services such as meals, flat linen service, housekeeping, all utilities except cable tv.

What other expenses can be anticipated?

Residents pay for their own telephone service, internet service, medications, therapies, outside medical bills and personal expenses.

Can I keep my car?

Of course. Each resident is designated an uncovered space at no charge. Apartment residents may rent a garage space for a modest monthly fee. We also have scheduled transportation for when you don’t want to drive.

What is your pet policy?

Pets are permitted in all living residences at Casa. We have two dog parks on campus and are right across the street from a larger dog park in the Rancho Bernardo Community Park. When you visit, please speak with a marketing representative regarding our pet policy.

Who operates Casa?

Casa is a not-for-profit corporation formed under the laws of the state of California. It’s managed by a board of directors, consisting of local business people who serve without pay. The community retains an executive director and administrator as part of its partnership with Life Care Services® to manage Casa’s day-to-day operations.

What are the prerequisites for living at Casa?

Applicants must be at least age 60 or have a spouse of that age, be able to live independently with reasonable accommodations, and demonstrate the financial ability to meet the terms of the residency agreement. There is no maximum age limit, provided these criteria are met.

Can I move from one residence to another at a later date?

Yes, depending upon availability. Any moving and renovating expenses will be incurred at your own expense.

If I have more questions, who should I ask?

Just fill out our contact form. We can answer questions, send you more information or schedule a tour.

Choosing the Right Community

There are a lot of senior living community options – and they are not all alike. Here are some definitions to help you narrow down the type of community that might best be suited to you or a loved one.

Independent Living
Independent living communities typically offer maintenance-free apartments, condos, or villas, a calendar of activities, and services such as housekeeping, meals, and transportation. Health care services are not part of your contract.

Assisted Living
Assisted living communities offer apartments or suites designed for senior safety, and services that provide help with daily living needs such as personal care and medication management. Some assisted living communities are licensed to provide memory care as well.

55+ Communities
55+ communities typically offer maintenance-free apartments, condos, or villas, a calendar of activities, and some services such as housekeeping, meals, and transportation. Health care services are not part of your contract.

Life Plan Community
Life Plan Communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities) offer the full continuum of care, from independent living residences to assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation care, and memory care. Depending on the type of contract, you can be guaranteed access to on-site health care at a predictable rate for life, or a modified fee-for-service arrangement in which you pay only for the health care you use.

Still have questions? Get more information in the Adult Child Resources, or contact us.

Talking with Your Family

78% of people have not communicated their long-term care desires with a spouse or partner, children, or other family members. (Genworth Let’s Talk Survey, March 2015)

Moving to a senior living community can be a gift both to you and your family. Starting the conversation about your future now ensures that your wishes can be shared, heard, and discussed in a low-pressure environment.

Here are some talking points to help your family see the benefits to you – and them.

  • You want to stay in control and remain independent as long as possible. By making the decision now, you determine where you’ll go. You’ll also have more time to enjoy your independent lifestyle while you’re still healthy and energetic enough to do so.
  • You want to relieve your family of the burden of making decisions, selling your home, dealing with your belongings, and caring for you on short notice.
  • A maintenance-free senior living community means you don’t have to worry about home repairs or physical chores that are becoming too demanding.
  • With your future health care provided for, your family doesn’t have to worry about who will take care of you or where you’ll receive care.
  • You’ll have the time and opportunity to stay physically and socially active – perhaps even more so than you would in your current home.

Seeing is Believing
Invite your family to come with you on a visit to the communities you’re considering. Many offer guest suites so they can experience community life for themselves. Once they see it, meet staff and residents, and even sample the food, they’ll feel more confident about the path you’re choosing.

Bring your family to Casa. Schedule a tour today.

Move-In Services

Our goal is to make moving into Casa as easy as possible for you. Our partnership with Moving Station, an experienced team of professionals, will help you coordinate your move and more.

You’ll receive:

  • Personal attention from experts
  • Reduced stress during the process
  • Free consultation to make sure your needs are met
  • Access to trusted resources for every stage of your move

It’s all designed to make your move more efficient and less stressful.

Learn more about our move-in services.

Planning Resources

As you explore your senior living options, you need to have tools and information to help you make the right choice for you. We’ve created some resources to help you make an informed decision about a move to a retirement community.

Explore Your Options
As you compare one retirement living community to another, make sure you understand the differences. Download/Request this free Full Life Ahead guide to see how your choices compare.

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Understanding the Value
When it comes to making a decision about the future, you may be concerned about the costs of a senior living community. Download the Tools to Build Your Future guide to get information about continuing care, facts about costs and financing options, and comparison tools to help you make the right decision.

Download Guide

 

To discuss your senior living options, contact us to schedule a personal consultation.

Adult-Child Resources

Are your parents thinking about moving to a retirement community but don’t know how to start looking for one? Or are you concerned about your parent’s health and well-being, but don’t know what you can do? These resources are for you.

Most adult children don’t talk with their aging parents about the future until a health crisis forces the issue. But talking about it now gives you the opportunity to understand your parents’ wishes and help them put a plan in place that brings everyone peace of mind.

Hear how this mother and daughter worked together to find the right kind of senior living community.

Glossary of Terms – Learn about some of the plans, services and industry terms you need to know when exploring senior living.

Talking with Your Parents About Senior Living – If you haven’t had “the talk” with your parents about their future, you’re not alone. Here are some tips and strategies to help you navigate these conversations with less stress.

My Life, My Way – The choice of where to spend their retirement years is up to your parents. Going through this worksheet with them will help you all articulate how they want to spend their time and what is most important to them. It can be a helpful guide to find the living situation that suits them best.

The Costs of Caregiving – Many people assume that caring for an aging parent themselves is the best solution. Before you make that commitment, use this worksheet to figure out the costs of caregiving, both in terms of money and time.

Finding the Right Level of Care – Knowing the senior living options available and understanding what your parents’ physical, emotional and social needs are will help you all decide what’s best for them.