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.
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.
Eastmont is a distinct 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, Life Plan Community founded in 1965 and provides comprehensive senior living services with the security of exceptional health care while giving charitable service to others.
In October of 2017 Eastmont’s Board of Directors voted to affiliate with Transforming Age, a leading not-for-profit organization founded in Seattle in 1956 by the Presbyterian Church, and recognized for its focus to improve the lives of older adults through community housing, technology development, research, and advocacy. As a national not-for-profit organization, Transforming Age continues to grow their impact by embracing affiliations with like-minded and mission-driven not-for-profit organizations. In turn, Transforming Age partners preserve their culture, independence, and not-for-profit identities while gaining support, knowledge, research, and resources, to secure long-term sustainability.
Transforming Age and its affiliates are guided by a singular vision to “transform the perception of age” and to make life better for older adults and society. We view aging as a declaration and an opportunity to continue to lead an independent and purposeful life.
Eastmont operates with the guidance of the Trustees Council and the support from the Eastmont Foundation under the governance of the Transforming Age board of directors.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! Eastmont is a pet friendly community that welcomes dogs, cats, domestic birds and fish. Certain restrictions do apply and pet deposit fees are required.
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.
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.
Generally, the benefits are:
There are many, but some of the top benefits are:
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.
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.
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.
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.