FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What type of retirement community is O’Connor Woods?
O’Connor Woods is a Life Plan Community. We focus on the health and well-being of the individual resident while still prioritizing quality care. Our community is designed to provide housing with a full range of hospitality services and the availability of future long-term health care, if necessary. As a resident of O’Connor Woods, you have access to a variety of convenient amenities and services. There is a Wellness Office on campus, separate assisted living apartments for those who need support in activities of daily living, assisted living accommodations for residents with memory impairments, and a skilled nursing community.
Is O’Connor Woods considered a life-care community?
O’Connor Woods is not considered a life-care community.
Must I pass a health examination to be a member of O’Connor Woods?
You must be in generally good physical and mental health for your age. You will receive a health screening normally conducted by a licensed nurse before your move. A statement from your doctor will be required at that time.
What are my options if I need health care?
Routine health maintenance services, such as blood pressure monitoring, will be provided to independent living residents by the O’Connor Woods health care staff. Residents who have purchased entrance fee contracts enjoy priority access to higher levels of care. The health care staff of O’Connor Woods, in consultation with you, your physician and your family, will determine the level of care you require. Short-term home health care will be available in your residence for an additional fee. If you should require regular assistance in daily living, you may move to an assisted living apartment on the campus. Meadowood provides rehabilitative therapy and 24-hour skilled nursing. A Wellness Clinic and examination room are available for physician appointments, and a health care attendant is on call 24-hours a day for emergencies.
What health insurance is required to be a member of O’Connor Woods?
You must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B or have equivalent coverage that meets the O’Connor Woods requirements for hospitals, physicians, medications and other acute care health services. A Medicare supplemental policy is also encouraged. Your residential living advisor can discuss your individual situation with you.
Do I have a choice of Entrance Fee or Rental Fee options?
Yes. In addition to our monthly rental fee program, O’Connor Woods offers two optional entrance fee programs – a traditional and a 90 percent repayable, whereby your monthly fee will be discounted 25 percent. Learn more about these options by contacting a member of our marketing staff.
What is included in the monthly fee?
The monthly fee includes a flexible dining program, 24-hour campus patrol, services of an advice nurse, scheduled transportation, biweekly housekeeping, building and landscape maintenance, services of the on-site administrative staff, utilities (including water, heat, wireless internet, air-conditioning, electricity and trash removal), use of all common areas and a varied program of recreational, social and cultural opportunities. The monthly fees are based on single or double occupancy and residence size.
Will the monthly fees increase over time?
Monthly fees are a function of operating costs and may increase, just as your living expenses increase in your own home. It is our goal to maintain the high quality of O’Connor Woods through prudent management.
What qualifications must I meet for an entrance fee contract?
All applicants must be financially capable of purchasing the entrance fee of their choice and maintaining payment of the monthly fee. Applicants must be in good physical and mental health and meet O’Connor Woods’s health standards.
How can I reserve a residence at O’Connor Woods?
A deposit of $2,500 will reserve the residence of your choice or put you on a waiting list while you complete the financial review and health screen. Your deposit is refundable less a $500 processing charge. Should your application be declined, you will receive a full refund.
How does the waiting list work?
Your placement on the waiting list is determined by the date your deposit check is received. You can be placed on the list for any or all of the various floor plans. You remain on the waiting list until you choose the residence that is right for you or you choose to remove yourself from the list.
What security measures are designed into O’Connor Woods?
O’Connor Woods is fenced and gated. The campus is monitored around the clock by on-duty personnel and staff is present 24-hours a day. Each residence has an emergency response system that alerts staff when activated by the resident for immediate response. Smoke detectors and water sprinklers are located throughout the buildings, including apartments and cottages.
What is Assisted Living?
Our assisted living services include personalized assistance with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, medication management and more, all offered in the comfort of your apartment. A full spectrum of services, including restaurant-style dining, life enrichment and cultural programs, and lifelong-learning opportunities, are offered to engage the heart, soul and mind.
What if my loved one needs more than what’s provided in Assisted Living?
At O'Connor Woods, we offer a full “continuum of care.” In addition to assisted living, we provide memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing services. These additional levels of care provide around-the-clock support for individuals recovering from illness or injury, or those needing more long-term supervision or assistance.
What is Skilled Nursing care?
Skilled nursing is available for those who need a higher level of medical care and nursing supervision while recovering from a surgery and/or hospital stay, or who need long-term care support. Professional, compassionate services are delivered 24/7 by licensed professionals. We also offer custom programs in our skilled nursing environment that encourage maximum social interaction while preserving dignity and individuality.
When is Skilled Nursing necessary?
Skilled nursing is the right choice for those who require long-term, 24/7 medical care, but don’t have the acute needs that make hospitalization necessary. Personalized plans of care, restorative therapy and compassionate interaction contribute to residents’ physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.
What does physical therapy rehabilitation include?
Physical therapy is care designed to ease pain and help you perform daily tasks, increase mobility and enhance your overall quality of life. Using the most advanced treatments and technologies, O'Connor Woods offers physical, occupational and speech therapies to residents and clients.
Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?
Occupational therapy helps a person work toward their personal goals of developing, recovering or maintaining the meaningful activities they need to enjoy a full life. It’s similar to physical therapy, in that it helps to restore strength and mobility. Occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through education and functional training like dressing, memory training and coordination exercises.
What can I expect from speech therapy?
Our skilled speech and language pathologists address communication issues and swallowing dysfunction. They can design individualized treatment plans that address cognitive issues and language ability, provide alternate communication strategies, and offer appropriate diet recommendations.
How is memory care different from assisted living?
Memory loss, whether due to Alzheimer’s or other representations of dementia, affects more than just one person. At O'Connor Woods, we collaborate with individuals, family members and caregivers, searching for the right balance of respect and care. Our thoughtful layout and design reduces confusion and provides complete security around the clock. With special programs designed for those experiencing cognitive change, O'Connor Woods offers an environment that provides a comfortable setting alongside meaningful and purposeful days.
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
At O'Connor Woods, we believe that a person experiencing cognitive change can continue to live a purposeful life with the support of a caring community. Education is very important in understanding the changes that occur with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia refers to a loss of cognitive function (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas, initially leading to loss of short-term memory, and eventually a loss of distant memories, as well.