Frequently Asked Questions — and Answers
We understand choosing a senior living community is a big decision. We want to be a helpful resource, wherever you are on your senior living journey. To guide you, we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our community. Of course, we’re always available to answer your questions — call us any time at (623) 738-2962.
Why choose a not-for-profit community like Sierra Winds?
As a not-for-profit organization, our mission and long-standing values govern every management and financial decision. Instead of focusing on profits, revenues generated are reinvested into the community, ensuring Sierra WInds remains one of the most stable retirement communities in the country.
Why choose a Life Plan community?
A Life Plan community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC) offers the security of knowing you’ll have care options, if you ever need them. Unlike many senior living communities, a Life Plan community offers independent living and a continuum of on-site care, including skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and post-hospital care.
What is independent living?
Independent living gives active and independent older adults an opportunity to enjoy their current lifestyles without the burden of home maintenance. At Sierra Winds, residents enjoy a worry-free and rewarding lifestyle in their choice of apartment homes with a wide array of services, amenities and friends right outside their door.
Is independent living the right choice for me?
Independent living is perfect for people who want to maintain their current active lifestyle without the responsibility of home maintenance. You’ll have the freedom to pursue your passions, volunteer, spend time with family and friends, even travel to faraway places — knowing that someone is looking after your home while you’re away.
What services and amenities are available at Sierra Winds?
Here, you’ll find comprehensive services and amenities offerings, including restaurant-style dining, casual dining, full-service salon and barbershop, interfaith chapel, fitness center, heated pool, and more. Plus, our complimentary transportation will take you wherever you need to go.
What type of contract(s) do you offer?
We offer 2 options for Type A Life Care contracts. One is our Return of Capital plan, which offers residents smart asset protection. This contract requires a one-time entrance fee, 80% of which will be returned to you or your estate. The second Life Care contract option is a more traditional contract for those who prefer a smaller entrance fee. The smaller entrance fee will amortize over time, until eventually there will be no return of capital.
Under both the Life Care contract options, the resident will have access to a continuum of care with little change to their monthly fee. Though, the Return of Capital plan covers a private room in skilled nursing, and the traditional contract covers semi-private accommodation.
For those who cannot or do not want to invest in Life Care, we also offer the option to rent your apartment home. Seniors with a rental contract will have access to all the benefits of community living, but will not have the security of priority access to care.
What services are included in the monthly fee?
The monthly fees include weekly housekeeping with linen and towel service; preventive maintenance; utilities (water, gas, electric, basic phone and basic cable); choice of several meal plan options; access to common areas, including the fitness center. Under either of our Life Care contracts, residents also have access to our long-term senior health care services. There are, however, additional charges for Resident Services, which is specialty care provided to independent living residents who need a small amount of health care support to remain comfortably independent.
What happens if a resident encounters financial difficulty?
The Sierra Winds Charitable Foundation provides confidential financial assistance for Life Care services to residents who, through no fault of their own, outlive their resources.
How much will it cost?
Both the entrance fee and monthly fee will vary according to the residence, apartment size and the number of occupants.
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing is for seniors who need greater care while recovering from a hospital stay, or who need longer-term care. Professional, compassionate support is delivered around-the-clock by licensed professionals, including RNs, LPNs, and certified nurse aides.
When is skilled nursing necessary?
Situations are as varied as individuals. Most often, candidates for long-term care have an ongoing health condition or permanent disability. They may suffer from chronic severe pain or the natural symptoms of advanced age that lead to frailty and the need for 24-hour medical supervision.
Will Medicare pay for skilled nursing?
Sierra Winds is Medicare-certified. Following a qualifying hospital stay, Medicare typically covers days 1-20 of the stay. After that, a Medicare-set daily coinsurance rate will be assessed for days 21-100. Medicare payment policies are stringent and vary depending on several factors. Your out-of-pocket expense may differ based on any additional insurance coverage you may have. Visit https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/skilled-nursing-facility-care.html for more information.
Is occupational therapy the same as physical therapy?
Though similar in terms of helping to restore strength and mobility, occupational therapy helps people adapt to their social and physical environment through training in areas such as dressing, bathing, eating and grooming; activities for memory, orientation and cognitive integration; and exercises to maintain normal joint movement to reduce the effects of arthritis or other conditions.
What can I expect from speech therapy?
You can expect skilled speech and language pathologists to help you address communication issues and swallowing dysfunction. They’ll design an individualized treatment plan to help with language ability, provide alternate communication strategies, and give appropriate diet recommendations.
Who will be on my care team?
A team including a doctor, nurse, social worker, dietitian and therapists will provide care, guide your rehabilitation process, and work in partnership with you and your family members.
Do I need to be a Sierra Winds resident?
No. Rehabilitation services at Sierra Winds are open for direct admission to community seniors from Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West and other surrounding cities. We are Medicare-certified, accept most major insurance providers, and will help guide you and your family through the administrative process.
What will happen when I’m ready to return home?
When you’re ready for discharge, your care team will work with you to develop a care plan that determines any equipment needs and in-home services you may require. You may also visit the rehabilitation area on campus to continue outpatient therapy services.