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Helping The Next Generation Thrive with an Active Life Plan Community

LifestyleMagazineArticleWinter2017In a recent article for MONEY, Home Sweet Community, Darren Braun wrote, “Nearly 90% of people 65 and older surveyed by AARP said they would like to ‘age in place.’ And yet the hard truth is that a beloved house in a familiar community can become both physically impractical and socially isolating over time.”  What is the answer to those retirees who don’t want to leave their home?  As a new generation of seniors comes of age there seems to be a dividing line that splits the myth of ‘Home Sweet Home.’

On one side of the line is a hard-pressed stance to stay in the comfort of a familiar, safe surrounding of the family home.  It holds all the memories of a lifetime.  Enjoyment with family and friends and pride of ownership loom large.  As we age the home that brought so much joy and happiness can become the burden that weighs heavily on the image of retirement freedom.  The physical demands of maintaining a home, inside and out, can be daunting.   The costs that arise when you must hire someone to maintain a well-mowed yard and a clean house can break the budget.  What about cooking meals every day?  Any homemaker can attest to the burdens of meal planning, food budgeting, cooking and cleaning up.  Then, there are the issues of security and peace of mind.  If you travel to visit the grandkids, would your house be safe, your pets cared for and your treasurers secure?  Are the kids visiting less and less due to their busy lives?  These are many of the real concerns that occasion serious conversations around the dining room table.

Now, envision a well-planned retirement lifestyle free from the burdens of home management. Your personal security and safety needs are met.  You have time for making new friends, staying engaged with social encounters such as arts & cultural programs.  Arranged outings, health and wellness programs, interesting guest speakers, live monthly entertainment and 5-star healthy dining choices are now the norm.  The best part is you now have peace of mind knowing that, should a sudden health issue arise for you or your spouse, the family will not be burdened by worry or having to scramble for care services.  This lifestyle, with a secure plan in place, is called Life Plan.   And, many retirees are seeking out this lifestyle concept, sooner rather than later.

As an active, 60+ Life Plan Community, The Village has been a mainstay in the San Jacinto Valley for over 28 years.  Our original founding partners are still actively supporting the operations of the Independent Living Community as well as the on-site HealthCare Center.  As a debt-free community, monthly service fees are surprisingly affordable.  With an emphasis on wellness and vitality at The Village, independent living with a guarantee of care for life is the new retirement lifestyle.  This is not your “old-folks” home of the past.  Residents at The Village have planned well to live life to the fullest, engaged in life today with fewer worries about the future.

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By | January 15th, 2018|In the News|

Redefining Retirement … The Potential To Age Well

redefining retirement - aging wellThere are many choices to finding the best match when researching retirement living options.  One of the popular choices for those who plan ahead, are Continuing Care Retirement Communities.  Now, commonly known as Life Plan Communities;  senior living communities are becoming more and more popular due to escalating health care costs and asset protection worries of new retirees.  Having a plan in place along with a guarantee of care for life are attractive options for those who choose this style of retirement living.

What is Life Plan?  A Life Plan Community is a replacement name for the category currently called Continuing Care Retirement Community.  Offering more than one level of care, on a single campus, the community focuses on an active lifestyle.  The formal description of a Life Plan Community or CCRC set by NIC (National Information Center) as:  Age-restricted properties that include a combination of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing services available to residents all on one campus.  Resident payment plans vary and include an entrance fee and monthly service fee.

“The goal for the name change is to develop a name and compelling messaging to engage those older adults who will be seeking services during the next decade and to encourage prospects to enter CCRCs at a younger age. The name change from CCRC to Life Plan Community switches the emphasis from passive care to active living and planning—a shift that appeals to younger, healthier senior adults.” Source:  lifeplancommunity.org

To examine a successful Life Plan Community, look no further than The Village, an active, Life Plan (CCRC) Community in Hemet, California.  Built 28 years ago in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, the owners/developers who built this community were true pioneers in the industry.  Retirement living innovators, The Village owners found early success with a similar project in the Orange County area.  And, as they say, “The rest is history.”

From an article in the Huffington Post, Health Care Cost: Expenses Hurt Elderly The Most,  “After crunching the numbers, the report found that during that time period, more than 75 percent of Medicare-eligible households spent at least $10,000 out of pocket on health care. Spending for all participants during those last five years averaged $38,688, and for the remaining 25 percent the average expense was even greater: they spent a whopping $101,791 out of pocket. A quarter of participants also spent “more than their total household assets on healthcare.”

With statistics like this and the harsh facts of an ever-expanding health care system, along with health insurance company mergers, it’s no wonder that future health care is a complicated topic, especially for seniors.   With a Life Plan Community, residents put a plan in place that guarantees the security of their assets and the security for future health care needs, should a health crisis arise.

At The Village residents enjoy a lifestyle filled with premiere services and amenities.  As a Debt-free community, the original owners, through solid business practices, have kept the monthly service fees surprisingly affordable compared to other regions in the surrounding Southern California areas.  Many of these amenities include fine 5-Star dining, weekly housekeeping and linen services, live monthly entertainment, an in-house theatre, Health Club and wellness classes.  A variety of activities may include informational speakers, planned outings, fitness classes, and more.

In a recent US News & World Report, James Lubben of The Lubben Social Network Scale, an organization designed to gauge social isolation in older adults, states that to stimulate your mind and stay connected, put down that crossword puzzle or Sudoku and start talking to friends and neighbors instead. “Social conversation is one of the most challenging cognitive activities there is,” Lubben says. “You have to pay attention; you have to be responsive; you have to think about your answer.”  Current research by many universities and centers on aging validate, through their case studies, the importance of social connections as we age.  It’s the engagement with others that keep a purposeful life, alive!

However, there’s a larger picture of to examine.  It’s the gift to family members and the peace of mind knowing the decision to live in a Life Plan Community will ease the burden from your loved ones when a health crisis arises.  You have a plan in place.  You’ve made all the important decisions ahead of time.  Just as you’d plan for your after-life services, your wills and trusts, one should also consider the plan of a maintenance-free retirement lifestyle.  Where you choose to live does matter.  Choosing a Life Plan Community checks all the important boxes for an engaged retirement lifestyle.  Finding the right fit and community is important and it takes time to research areas and communities.  A Life Plan Community is one of the many choices for retirement living options throughout the country.  With the guarantee of care for life, residents at The Village say, “It’s the peace of mind knowing if a health crisis should occur, I will be taken care of, my assets protected and my family won’t have the burden of making all those difficult decisions for me.  It’s priceless, knowing my plan is in place.”

 

By | December 19th, 2017|In the News|

Thrive, into the next generation of an active Life Plan Community

Thrive, into the next generation of an active Life Plan CommunityIn a recent article for MONEY, Home Sweet Community, Darren Braun wrote, “Nearly 90% of people 65 and older surveyed by AARP said they would like to ‘age in place.’ And yet the hard truth is that a beloved house in a familiar community can become both physically impractical and socially isolating over time.”  What is the answer to those retirees who don’t want to leave their home?  As a new generation of seniors comes of age there seems to be a dividing line that splits the myth of ‘Home Sweet Home.’

On one side of the line is a hard-pressed stance to stay in the comfort of a familiar, safe surrounding of the family home.  It holds all the memories of a lifetime.  Enjoyment with family and friends and pride of ownership loom large.  As we age the home that brought so much joy and happiness can become the burden that weighs heavily on the image of retirement freedom.  The physical demands of maintaining a home, inside and out, can be daunting.   The costs that arise when you must hire someone to maintain a well-mowed yard and a clean house can break the budget.  What about cooking meals every day?  Any homemaker can attest to the burdens of meal planning, food budgeting, cooking and cleaning up.  Then, there are the issues of security and peace of mind.  If you travel to visit the grandkids, would your house be safe, your pets cared for and your treasurers secure?  Are the kids visiting less and less due to their busy lives?  These are many of the real concerns that occasion serious conversations around the dining room table.

Now, envision a well-planned retirement lifestyle free from the burdens of home management. Your personal security and safety needs are met.  You have time for making new friends, staying engaged with social encounters such as arts & cultural programs.  Arranged outings, health and wellness programs, interesting guest speakers, live monthly entertainment and 5-star healthy dining choices are now the norm.  The best part is you now have peace of mind knowing that, should a sudden health issue arise for you or your spouse, the family will not be burdened by worry or having to scramble for care services.  This lifestyle, with a secure plan in place, is called Life Plan.   And, many retirees are seeking out this lifestyle concept, sooner rather than later.

As an active, 60+ Life Plan Community, The Village has been a mainstay in the San Jacinto Valley for over 28 years.  Our original founding partners are still actively supporting the operations of the Independent Living Community as well as the on-site HealthCare Center.  As a debt-free community, monthly service fees are surprisingly affordable.  With an emphasis on wellness and vitality at The Village, independent living with a guarantee of care for life is the new retirement lifestyle.  This is not your “old-folks” home of the past.  Residents at The Village have planned well to live life to the fullest, engaged in life today with fewer worries about the future.

By | December 4th, 2017|In the News|

Best of Inland Empire 2017: Best Senior Living Community

The Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Hemet serves all of the Inland Empire and offers residents the options of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. Services and features include a choice of breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at four different venues; planned social and recreation activities; free scheduled transportation within a 10-mile radius; exercise and swimming classes; a game room, theater and chapel; onsite physical, occupational and speech therapy for those who need it; assistance with medications; and weekly housekeeping services.

By CONTRIBUTING WRITER | Press Enterprise
September 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

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By | October 19th, 2017|In the News|

Q & A with Senior Housing Expert: Diane Masson in the OC Register

LAGUNA WOODS – Diane Masson, 52, has worked in the senior housing industry for 17 years, both as corporate director of sales and regional marketing director. She wrote and published a book last spring, “Your Senior Housing Options,” after helping her mother find housing.

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Q. Why did you write the book?

A. My passion has always been educating seniors on what their choices are. I find that most people don’t really understand that there is a need to look before there is a crisis. I just wanted to write the book to reach out to more seniors and educate them.

Q. What is the book about?

A. I cover everything from the seven deadly sins of searching for senior housing to options about what are the questions you should ask any place you are going to tour. Because when you walk in the door of a retirement community, you have no idea if it is a great retirement community or a mediocre one.

Q. Why should seniors plan ahead?

A. Seniors fall into one of two categories; either they are planning ahead or they are waiting for a health care crisis to happen. The ones that plan ahead are going out and having lunch at different retirement communities, they are checking out all their options, and a lot of those people end up having long-care insurance. Others are in denial and are waiting for a health care crisis before transitioning. For retirement communities, people need to plan ahead because there is a health and financial assessment in order to move in, but a lot of it gets down to what are the costs. A lot of people think it is cheaper living at home. But what they don’t realize is that 66 percent of all of us are going to need care at some point.

Q. What are the consequences of waiting too long?

A. If you plan ahead, then you can move into a retirement community. If you wait too long, then you end up moving into assisted living or skilled nursing. Those are the choices. Unless you want your children to put you someplace and make decisions for you, you should decide where you want to live. Financially, if you plan ahead and you move to a place that shares the risk for your future healthcare costs, it can cost you a lot less money in the long run. But if you wait, you end up having to pay as you go. If you live in a month-to-month rental facility and you outlive your resources then you will get to a point where they can kick you out.

For more information, free resources and a weekly blog by Masson, visit Tips2Seniors.com

Read Full Article :  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ahead-684266-retirement-plan.html written by: Scott Bosco

 

By | September 28th, 2015|In the News|

The Village Residents Award Seven Scholarships to The Village Employees

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The Village Residents are Helping The Village Employees Achieve Their Dreams

The residents of The Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Hemet, CA believe in the education and growth of the employees they see working hard every day at The Village. A very special group of residents put money behind that statement and formed The Village Scholarship Board in 1995.

For the last 20 years, residents have generously funded The Village Scholarship program primarily through fundraisers and resident wills, trusts and estates. Once a year in June, The Village Scholarship Board awards scholarships to deserving employees. Full-time students attending a four year university or college receive a $3,000 scholarship, while full-time students attending a two year college receive $1,500. Scholarships for grants vary in the amount given. All eligible recipients must be employees of The Village Retirement or HealthCare Center.

This year The Village Scholarship Fund awarded seven scholarships to seven very deserving employees.

Tammy Jiminez has worked in the HealthCare Center Dining Room for five years.  She is a Biology Major at Cal State San Bernadino. Her dream is to become a Research Scientist.

Sara Lund has been a valued member of the HealthCare Center for three years. She is currently a Medical Technician and is a Liberal Arts Major at Cal State San Bernadino. Her dream is to become a First Grade Teacher.

Alexandra Rodriguez has been an integral part of the nursing staff in the HealthCare Center for the past year. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and is a Health Science Major at California Baptist University, Riverside. Her dream is to become a Nurse.

Jessica Sevilla started as a Dining Room Server in the Retirement Center and is now a Certified Nursing Assistant in the HealthCare Center. She has been a part of The Village Family for four years.  Jessica is enrolled in the Nursing Program at West Coast University, Ontario.   As a Nurse, her dream is to work with children.

Jasmine Sparks is a Certified Nursing Assistant in the HealthCare Center. She has been a part of The Village Family for three years.  Jasmine is starting the Nursing Program at San Jacinto College in San Jacinto. Her dream is work as a Nurse in the ICU.

Corey Matteson has been a key part of The Village Team as a Dining Room Server and Security Officer for a total of eight years! He is enrolling in the Computer Information Systems Program at California Baptist University in Riverside. His dream is to become a Systems Administrator.

Erika Navarro has worked as a Hostess and a Server in the Retirement Center Dining Room. She has been a part of The Village Family for six years. She is in the Nursing Program at West Coast University, Ontario. Her dream is to become a Registered Nurse.

The Village Residents are helping The Village Employees achieve their dreams!

The Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Hemet that offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing all on one beautiful campus. Residents of The Village are confident that as their needs change over the years, services will be available to them – even if they should run out of their resources. To find out more about The Village or The Village Scholarship Fund, please call (951) 658-3369 or visit us at www.thevillagehemet.com.

By | September 28th, 2015|In the News|