Helpful Information for Smart Choices.
At Eastmont, a Life Plan Community, we understand that you may have countless questions about senior living and the choices available to you. We also understand how important it is to have all the information needed to make the best decision. We encourage you to schedule a personalized tour and discussion, which can be invaluable, but in the meantime here are some Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful.
What is a Life Plan Community or CCRC?
In every stage of life, planning is important. A Life Plan community is where “planning” and “living” merge. When you select a Life Plan Community (previously referred to as a CCRC or Continuing Care Retirement Community) you protect your loved ones from having to make important decisions under stressful circumstances. Life Plan communities serve aging adults and offer all levels of care on one campus providing life-long health services and financial security for the residents that live there. Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Care, Memory Care and End of Life Care are all available as needed. At Eastmont as your health and needs change, we care for and support you ensuring that you and your family have peace-of-mind and know that there is a plan in place as you age.Close
What makes Eastmont Unique?
Eastmont is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community. Here, community volunteers and residents, not corporate investors, serve on our governing board and oversee daily operations. Any revenues over expenses are reinvested in Eastmont, not used to pay stockholders. These assets are committed to ensuring resident and staff satisfaction, maintaining high quality services, enhancing our facilities, and funding community outreach.
As an independent not-for-profit and a member of LeadingAge, a national association dedicated to transforming services for those who are aging, we embody the following ideals:
- Quality that people can trust.
- Services people need, when they need them, in a place they call home.
- Dignity of all persons at every stage of life.
- Mission-driven, not-for-profit values.
Fees for a Life Plan Community…What do they cover?
Life Plan Communities require a one-time Life Care fee plus a monthly fee. When you choose a Life Plan Community, you are making an investment in your future which allows you to:
- Consolidate many of your current out-of-pocket expenses into one monthly fee
- Plan for how your future long term care costs will be paid
- Have a plan in place to answer life’s what ifs:
- What if you need assistance or long-term care in the future? Where will you go to get it?
- Who can you trust to provide this care and support?
- What will it cost and will it be available to you when you need it?
- Take advantage of tax benefits that would otherwise not be available to you if you were not in a Life Plan Community
- Give yourself and your family the peace of mind of having a financial plan for your future
The Life Care fee is a one-time fee that is paid up front. This fee is used to provide funds toward the operation of the community, as well as to be used for future costs, including your health care. Depending on the plan you choose, there are potential refunds of up to 80% on these fees when you leave the community or pass away.Close
The monthly fee is used to pay your cost of living expenses such as: utilities, housekeeping, maintenance, security, grounds keeping, staffing, insurance, and other communal costs.
Are there tax advantages to Eastmont’s Life Care contracts?
When you invest in Life Care, not only are you able to significantly limit the financial risk associated with the high cost of future health care services but you may also be entitled to some significant tax benefits. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes your initial Life Care and subsequent monthly residential fees as an investment in your health care. Therefore, the year you move in you are allowed to take a percentage of your Life Care fee and your accumulated residential fee as an allowable medical expense on your income tax return. Each year in January you will receive notification from Eastmont indicating what percentage of your residential fee can be classified as an allowable medical expense for the previous calendar year.Close
Are meals included in the fees?
One meal a day is automatically included in your inclusive monthly fee. There is also a flexible meal plan which includes 24 meals a month should you be interested.Close
Do you allow pets?
Through the years Eastmont residents have chosen to keep our community a no pet campus. Pets are welcome to visit residents at all levels of care.Close
What if I already have Long Term Care Insurance?
Long term care insurance can be used to complement any of the contracts/agreements available at Eastmont. Please contact a marketing representative to discuss your coverage and learn how your specific policy can be utilized to enhance your financial security.Close
How do I know which contract would be right for me/us?
When you meet with a marketing representative at Eastmont, each agreement will be explained to you in full. Once this information has been shared with you, you may consult your family, financial advisor and/or attorney to determine which one would best suit your needs. The marketing representative at Eastmont is also available to answer any questions you or your support group may have to help understand the benefits of each plan.Close
What are the advantages of a Life Plan community over a rental community?
Generally, the benefits are:
- Life Plan communities usually have all levels of care on one site assuring that you never have to worry about moving off campus if you need a higher level of care
- There are tax advantages associated with the Life Plan model that are not available with a rental community
- Life Plan (and not-for-profit) communities will have a benevolent care fund in place should residents ever outlive their resources and need financial assistance regardless of the level of care they are receiving. This assures that no Life Plan residents will be asked to leave the community because of their inability to continue to pay their monthly fees
- There are usually a lot more services and amenities available and included at a Life Plan community than a rental community
Why should I leave my current home to move to a community?
There are many, but some of the top benefits are:
- Peace of mind of having a plan in place for the future
- Freedom from home maintenance, housekeeping, and grounds keeping
- Tax advantages
- Social interaction
- Better nutrition
- Provide your family and friends with the security of knowing when and where you will be taken care of when the time comes
- Financial planning
When you move to a community, you do not change your lifestyle…you change your address. A senior living community simply gives you more time to pursue your passions rather than being burdened by home maintenance, and also gives the predictability of knowing how and where your future care needs will be provided as you grow older.Close
What kind of people live in these types of communities?
One personal characteristic is usually abundantly consistent in Life Plan communities, individuals who choose retirement communities like Eastmont are planners. They want to know the “how, when, where, and why” of their future including long term care. Residents in these communities are engaged, educated people who understand the benefits associated with the agreements available to them and want to put a plan in place and choose for themselves where they will enjoy life as they age.Close
When is the right time to make a move? What if I’m “not ready yet?”
When people say “I’m not ready yet.” We often ask “Not ready for what?” With spacious and modern apartment homes, moving to Eastmont is like moving to any other residence with the added benefits of housekeeping, maintenance, grounds keeping, financial planning, long term care when needed, lifelong learning, freedom to pursue your passions, healthy and nutritious meals, and more.Close
We suggest that people make a move while they are healthy and can make the decision and move for themselves. When maintaining your home feels like a burden, it’s time to consider your next steps. Most residents admit that they’re so glad they made the move, and many say they wish they had done it sooner.