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Frequently Asked Questions - and Answers

We understand choosing a senior living community in Peoria, AZ. 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 retirement community. Of course, we’re always available to answer your questions — call us any time at (623) 738-2962.

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.
A Life Plan community, in Peoria, AZ., (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.

Independent Living

Independent senior living in Peoria, AZ. 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 senior apartment homes with a wide array of services, amenities and friends right outside their door.
Independent living in Peoria, AZ. 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.
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.

Life Plan

All things being equal, The Type C entrance fee contract typically requires the lowest monthly fees and offers the highest refundability compared to Types A and B. However, if higher levels of care, such as assisted living or skilled nursing, are required, your monthly fee will increase to reflect the market rate, less any applicable discounts.  However, if you make a permanent transfer to such higher levels of care, your refund will likely be eligible for repayment.  This could potentially provide you with the resources with which to pay for the higher levels of care, wherever that may be.

With our rental contract, you’ll find there is a small community fee, but no entrance fee is required.  The monthly rental fee is typically similar or sometimes higher compared to what you’d pay in a similar entrance fee community.  Should the need arise for a higher level of care in the future, like assisted living or skilled nursing, you would be responsible for covering the full market rate.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing in Peoria, AZ. 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.
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.
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 for more information.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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