Answers to the most frequently asked questions about senior living.
As you begin exploring senior living options, you’re bound to encounter a number of words, phrases and ideas you may not have seen before. That’s perfectly normal. We invite you to ask questions, seek guidance and raise your hand. After all, this is a big decision, and our job is to help you get it right for you and your family.
If you don’t see your question below or need more clarification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Questions about independent living.
What is an independent living community?
An independent living community is the perfect place for active seniors who are able to enjoy an active life and want the total freedom of a carefree retirement lifestyle. Home maintenance and yard work become a thing of the past, and the community provides a wide range of services and amenities—including dining, a full calendar of social opportunities and entertainment, transportation, cleaning, health and wellness activities, security, and more–so residents can truly live the lives they want to live.
What’s it like to move into a life plan community?
When you move into your residence at a life plan community, you’ll receive a variety of services such as dining, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, maintenance and security, and have access to a whole array of incredible amenities and social, wellness and educational activities. You’ll live independently and enjoy the lifestyle you create for yourself. But the unique benefit of a life plan community is the access to a continuum of care right on the same campus if and when it’s needed. For instance, Regency Oaks provides a full range of care, including assisted living, short-term rehab, and long-term care. Transitioning among these levels of care is simple and seamless, and you’ll always have the peace of mind knowing that you’ll be receiving care surrounded by friends and staff who know you.
How much does it cost to live in a retirement community?
Costs can vary widely depending on the community and the services offered.
A life care community (like Regency Oaks) typically offers a residency agreement with a one-time entrance fee along with a monthly payment that covers the services provided. The entrance fee and monthly fee will vary depending on the size of the residence and the number of occupants. When needs change, care is provided on site from people you already know and trust. In addition to an entrance fee, a monthly fee covers community maintenance, dining programs, and access to all the services and amenities of the community. Refundability of your entrance fee will vary by community.
What does the monthly service fee cover?
Your monthly fee covers home maintenance and property taxes, utilities, your dining plan, fitness membership, a beautifully maintained campus, and dozens of other services and amenities.
Why do I need Lifecare?
Our Life Care contract offers a way to pay for long-term care expenses that makes them more predictable — saving you tens of thousands of dollars over other long-term care options. When you consider that the Department of Health and Human Services says 7 out of 10 adults will need long-term care at some point, for an average of 3 years, Life Care can be a financial lifesaver!
Answers to help you better understand assisted living.
What type of help is typically provided for residents in assisted living?
In an assisted living community, residents get help with some of the basic activities of daily living. These often include assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management and personal maintenance. The specific assistance provided is determined by a personal services assessment in order to understand needs. The goal of assisted living is to allow residents to enjoy their lives with just the right help while living as independently as possible. Read more about what care assisted living facilities provide on our blog.
What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?
Assisted living gives you the helping hand you need to keep active, stay engaged, and pursue your passions. You’ll live in a beautifully appointed apartment home and receive assistance with the basic activities of daily living, tailored to your specific needs, such as help with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management, and personal maintenance. Nursing homes, on the other hand, are for those with chronic medical conditions or disabilities, or those in chronic pain, who require round-the-clock care and supervision by licensed skilled nursing professionals.
How do I talk to my parents about assisted living?
You might know when your parent could benefit from a community living environment. But how do you begin the discussion? It’s important to be patient and always try and see your parents’ perspective. Learn how to talk to parents about senior living on our blog. For more information, read more on what to do when seniors refuse assisted living, or signs they might need assisted living.
Exploring skilled nursing.
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing within a senior living community provides 24-hour licensed nursing care. This area within a community primarily provides long-term care or rehabilitative therapies for patients and residents who need medical or nursing care and is ideal for those with chronic medical conditions or disabilities, or those in chronic pain, who require round-the-clock care and supervision by licensed skilled nursing professionals. Read more about Regency Oaks skilled nursing facility and when skilled nursing care is needed.
Is a skilled nursing area of a senior living community like a hospital?
The skilled nursing area of a senior living community is not like a hospital. Many patients and residents utilize this area of care after a hospital stay. While this area of the community does provide advanced levels of on-going long-term care as well as short-term rehabilitative services, the suites and spaces are designed to be warm and comfortable and reflect a home-like environment.
What is Long-Term Care Insurance?
Long-term care health insurance is designed for individuals over the age of 65 to help cover the costs of long-term care that requires constant supervision. Read more to find out if long-term care insurance is right for you.
Questions About Our Community
What is your pet policy?
We are a pet friendly community. We accept domestic pets, such as cats, fish, and birds throughout the community and we welcome dogs under 25 pounds, except for service animals. There is a 2 pet limit.
How do I get on the waitlist?
You may join our exclusive wait list program, the Signature Club, which gives you access to insider events and VIP opportunities while you await your perfect accommodation. For more information about our Signature Club, give us a call at 727-314-7441 or click here.
Do you have clubs and organizations?
Whether you choose an activity from the robust community calendar or do something on your own, there are plenty of ways to get to know your neighbors and stay as busy or relaxed as you like. We 45+ interest groups, check out our activities page for more details!
How close are you to an airport?
We are 33 minutes away from Tampa International Airport
Do you have transportation?
Scheduled transportation in our private car or community bus service.
Will I have access to a library?
There is a library on site for your use.
How does the meal plan work?
An innovative dining program is included in your monthly service fee. Enjoy a variety of fresh, healthy, chef-prepared dishes in our formal dining room.
What are nearby places of worship?
There are multiple places of worship within 5 miles of our community. Onsite worship service is available as well.
Ask us anything you like about our senior living lifestyle.
Use the form on this page, or call 727-314-7441.