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?
Personalized assistance with activities of daily living in the comfort of the resident’s apartment. A full spectrum of services, including fine dining, recreation and cultural pursuits assures an engaging life.
What if my loved one needs more than what’s provided in Assisted Living?
We offer a “continuum” of care. That means, in addition to assisted living, we provide memory care and skilled nursing. These programs provide round-the-clock support for individuals recovering from illness or injury, or those needing more long-term supervision or support.
What is Skilled Nursing care?
It’s specifically for those who need greater care while recovering from a hospital stay or who need long-term care. Professional, compassionate services are delivered 24/7 by licensed professionals. We also offer custom programs that encourage maximum social interaction and preserve dignity.
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 and rehabilitation include?
We provide short- and long-term rehab through physical, speech and occupational therapies. At Meadowood at O’Connor Woods, residents and nonresidents can receive expert care from our skilled physical, occupational and speech therapists, using the most advanced treatments and technologies.
Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?
It’s similar in that it helps to restore strength and mobility. Occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through education in things 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’ll design treatments plans to help with cognitive issues, language ability, provide alternate communication strategies and give appropriate diet recommendations.
How is Memory Support different from Assisted Living?
Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, affects more than just one person. At O’Connor Woods, we work 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 with memory loss, O’Connor Woods enables pleasant and peaceful days.
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins. 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, leading to loss of recent memories and new learning first, and eventually old memories, too.