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Huntingdon, PA

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Huntingdon, PA

Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Senior Living

Independent Living

Are pets permitted?

Yes, a maximum of two dogs or cats are welcomed. Birds and fish are also permitted. Any pet-related damage is the responsibility of the resident. Residents must agree to pet guidelines.

Is there a minimum age for residency?

Yes, residents must be at least 55.

Is smoking permitted?

Presbyterian Senior Living communities are committed to providing a healthy environment for both residents and staff. Residents, employees, visitors, vendors, contractors and volunteers are not permitted to use any tobacco products on our properties. We are pleased to join many other organizations that have taken this step and are reaping the benefits of a healthier environment.

May an overnight guest visit?

Guests are always welcome. We also have a guest cottage available for a nominal fee.

Can I have DIRECTV® or other satellite dish service at my villa?

Yes, depending upon where the dish needs to be located. Final approval is given by Director of Environmental Services. Residents can also upgrade, if they wish.

Are residents in the villas and apartments permitted to have a garden?

Absolutely! This is encouraged and is a popular resident activity. The Leisure Park is designed for individual plots as well as other recreational activity.

What happens if you are with us longer than your resources last?

No one has ever been asked to leave the Presbyterian Senior Living system of care because they had outlived their resources. There is, however, an application process, which requires that eligibility for Medical Assistance and other third-party reimbursements be maintained. Divesting assets through gifts, trusts, or in other ways could disqualify you for this assistance or result in a longer time period before which you would qualify. We have an unwavering history of keeping our commitment to the people we serve.

What kind of heat is in the Independent Living apartments and villas?

Both the apartments and the villas have natural gas as an energy source with hot water baseboard heat.

As a resident of Westminster Wood's Independent Living community, what kind of insurance should I have to protect my personal possessions? Renter’s Insurance? What about other insurances?

You need Renter’s Insurance for the amount of your personal property. In addition, you should retain your health, liability, auto, and life insurance, just as though you were living outside of a retirement village.

Must I be Presbyterian or a member of a Presbyterian Church to be accepted for admission?

No. As a Presbyterian Senior Living Community, we enjoy the strength and stability of an organization that has served seniors for more than 80 years. Caring for people is not just our job – it’s our calling. It is our policy to admit and treat all residents without regard to race, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sex, religious creed, handicap or disability.

Should I have Long Term Care Insurance to move to Westminster Woods

While not mandatory, Long Term Care Insurance might help to cover the costs of Personal Care and Health Care services. Check the terms of your Long Term Care policy.

What makes Presbyterian Senior Living Communities different?

Presbyterian Senior Living Communities have the strength of a relatively large organization and the financial resources to provide the security that older adults expect from an organization that promises to be there for as long as needed. Our individual communities, however, offer a range of sizes and reflect our commitment to the personal touch. They are places where the staff can know each resident as an individual, and where residents’ likes and dislikes are recognized and accommodated whenever possible. Being not-for-profit gives our organization the freedom to concentrate on the needs of residents first. While for-profit corporations have the dual responsibility of providing care for residents, as well as satisfying the needs of investors, we can remain more sharply focused on meeting the needs of residents. We believe that the ability to express these higher values also enables us to attract employees and volunteers with similar values.

Do you embrace cultural diversity?

As a faith based organization, Presbyterian Senior Living is founded on the belief that every human being is of infinite worth as a unique creation of God. Based on this premise, Presbyterian Senior Living is committed to fully embracing the diversity of all persons served, so that together, we can foster a culture of inclusion in an environment free of all forms of discrimination where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is to cultivate awareness and understanding of personal differences and biases so that an environment of understanding, acceptance, respect and support is established.

Can I upgrade my appliances, carpet, fixtures, etc.? Can I have my unit painted a different color? Can I add a sunroom, screened porch or cover my deck? If yes, must I contract for the work myself or would it be done through Westminster Woods?

Upgrades, remodeling and additions to residents’ units must be presented in writing to our Executive Director and, if approved, will be at the resident’s expense. Such upgrades will be priced, given to the resident in writing and, upon agreement, will be performed by Westminster Woods.

Do I have to be a member of Westminster Woods to be considered for admission to the Personal Care residence?

No. Our current residents, however, have priority should they need additional care. Call for availability.

I see that you are now offering Personal Care instead of Assisted Living. What is the difference?

Historically, Pennsylvania has only had a licensure category for personal care homes, however, they allowed all personal care providers to use the term "assisted living" to describe the services they provide. Based on new regulations, we must revise all promotional, signage, and other materials to reflect a change in terminology from "assisted living" to "personal care". Please be aware this change in terminology is due to a change in state licensure and does not involve a change in our operations, staffing, programs or services. Westminster Woods Huntingdon staff and volunteers remain committed to striving for the high quality care and service that residents have come to expect and enjoy.

Do you permit hunting and/or heirloom firearms?

Liability is an issue regarding the storing or displaying of weapons on site. Guns and other weapons may NOT be retained or stored on premises. Please consult with the individual community director about the rules and regulations for collector weapons.

Are criminal background checks conducted?

We are committed to the safety of all of our residents. Criminal background checks have historically been routinely conducted for all staff prior to hiring. In addition, criminal background checks are conducted during the application process for independent living residents to identify felony convictions which may interfere with the health, safety and right to peaceful enjoyment of other community residents.

Are there additional costs/fees other than the monthly fees, cost to move in and telephone bill? Any hidden fees similar to condo or maintenance fees?

We have no hidden fees. Naturally, if a resident chooses to upgrade appliances, change color of a room, change carpet or make other interior or exterior changes to the home, outside normal wear and tear and repair for which Westminster Woods is responsible, the resident would need approval for such changes from our Director of Environmental Services and would be billed accordingly. 

Is full payment of the residency entrance fee required at the time of move in or can it be done in payments? Is financing available?

The Residency Investment Fee is made in two installments for country villas and apartments and three installments for new construction. Final payment is made at the time of move-in. Please see our Value-Added Benefits brochure for additional financial information and services provided upon move-in.

Once a deposit has been made and I am placed on the waiting list, am I allowed to turn down a home that becomes available? Is there a limit to the number of times I can turn down a villa?

No, there is no limit to the number of times you can turn down a villa that becomes available. Your Wait List Deposit remains in effect until you select a villa, then is applied to the Resident Investment Fee upon signing the contract. If needed, the Wait List deposit is fully refundable.

How do you handle refunds when residents leave the community?

Under all entrance plans, any refund is payable when the apartment or villa has been vacated, the resident has permanently departed from all levels of living in the community and when the apartment or villa has been resold and reoccupied.

Personal Care

What happens if you are with us longer than your resources last?

No one has ever been asked to leave the Presbyterian Senior Living system of care because they had outlived their resources. There is, however, an application process, which requires that eligibility for Medical Assistance and other third-party reimbursements be maintained. Divesting assets through gifts, trusts, or in other ways could disqualify you for this assistance or result in a longer time period before which you would qualify. We have an unwavering history of keeping our commitment to the people we serve.

Do I have to be a resident of Westminster Woods to be considered for admission to the Personal Care residence?

No. Our current residents, however, have priority should they need additional care. Please call for availability.

Is there an entrance fee for the Personal Care residence?

There is a financial qualification if you are moving directly into our Personal Care residence, but not if you are transitioning in from one of our Independent Living residences.

Must I be Presbyterian or a member of a Presbyterian Church to be accepted for admission?

No. As a Presbyterian Senior Living Community, we enjoy the strength and stability of an organization that has served seniors for more than 80 years. Caring for people is not just our job – it’s our calling. It is our policy to admit and treat all residents without regard to race, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sex, religious creed, handicap or disability.

Are you reasonably priced?

Our rates are competitive. The daily fee reflects the charge for the Personal Care suite and the day-to-day costs of providing quality service and care.

Is there a waiting list?

Please call for our current availability.

Is smoking permitted?

Presbyterian Senior Living communities are committed to providing a healthy environment for both residents and staff. Residents, employees, visitors, vendors, contractors and volunteers are not permitted to use any tobacco products on our properties. We are pleased to join many other organizations that have taken this step and are reaping the benefits of a healthier environment.

I see that you are now offering Personal Care instead of Assisted Living. What is the difference?

I see that you are now offering Personal Care instead of Assisted Living. What is the difference? Historically, Pennsylvania has only had a licensure category for personal care homes, however, they allowed all personal care providers to use the term "assisted living" to describe the services they provide. Based on new regulations, we must revise all promotional, signage, and other materials to reflect a change in terminology from "assisted living" to "personal care". Please be aware this change in terminology is due to a change in state licensure and does not involve a change in our operations, staffing, programs or services. Westminster Woods Huntingdon staff and volunteers remain committed to striving for the high quality care and service that residents have come to expect and enjoy.

Regarding Personal Care, does Medicare cover some of the cost?

No. Neither Medicare nor Medicaid pay for Personal Care services.

What makes Presbyterian Senior Living Communities different?

Presbyterian Senior Living Communities have the strength of a relatively large organization and the financial resources to provide the security that older adults expect from an organization that promises to be there for as long as needed. Our individual communities, however, offer a range of sizes and reflect our commitment to the personal touch. They are places where the staff can know each resident as an individual, and where residents’ likes and dislikes are recognized and accommodated whenever possible. Being not-for-profit gives our organization the freedom to concentrate on the needs of residents first. While for-profit corporations have the dual responsibility of providing care for residents, as well as satisfying the needs of investors, we can remain more sharply focused on meeting the needs of residents. We believe that the ability to express these higher values also enables us to attract employees and volunteers with similar values.

Do you embrace cultural diversity?

As a faith based organization, Presbyterian Senior Living is founded on the belief that every human being is of infinite worth as a unique creation of God. Based on this premise, Presbyterian Senior Living is committed to fully embracing the diversity of all persons served, so that together, we can foster a culture of inclusion in an environment free of all forms of discrimination where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is to cultivate awareness and understanding of personal differences and biases so that an environment of understanding, acceptance, respect and support is established.

Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation

What happens if you are with us longer than your resources last?

No one has ever been asked to leave the Presbyterian Senior Living system of care because they had outlived their resources. There is, however, an application process, which requires that eligibility for Medical Assistance and other third-party reimbursements be maintained. Divesting assets through gifts, trusts, or in other ways could disqualify you for this assistance or result in a longer time period before which you would qualify. We have an unwavering history of keeping our commitment to the people we serve.

Who is accepted into Westminster Woods' Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center?

Westminster Woods' Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center serves current residents of it's Independent Living and Personal Care as well as people form outside of our community.

Must I be Presbyterian or a member of a Presbyterian Church to be accepted for admission?

No. Presbyterian Senior Living communities enjoy the strength and stability of an organization that has served seniors for more than 80 years. Caring for people is not just our job - it's our calling. It is our policy to admit and treat all residents without regard to race, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sex, religious creed, handicap or disability.

 

How many skilled nursing residents can Westminster Woods accommodate?

Westminster Woods' Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center can serve 64 residents.

How do I pay for Westminster Woods' skilled nursing care?

Westminster Woods accepts private pay, Medical Assistance, Medicare and many types of insurance.

Is smoking permitted?

Presbyterian Senior Living communities are committed to providing a healthy environment for both residents and staff. Residents, employees, visitors, vendors, contractors and volunteers are not permitted to use any tobacco products on our properties. We are pleased to join many other organizations that have taken this step and are reaping the benefits of a healthier environment.

Visiting my loved one at a long-term care center is difficult. How can I make it more enjoyable and fulfilling for both of us?

Visitors are very important to our residents, and a well-planned visit can be rewarding for both of you. When visiting a loved one, talk to the staff about the best time to visit. Coach your children on what to expect, and plan an activity such as working on a photo album, writing letters, playing cards or a game, or eating a meal together. If your loved one can manage, plan an activity outside of the Center. Check with the Center on its policy on bringing cherished pets to the facility for visits.

What makes Presbyterian Senior Living Communities different?

Presbyterian Senior Living Communities have the strength of a relatively large organization and the financial resources to provide the security that older adults expect from an organization that promises to be there for as long as needed. Our individual communities, however, offer a range of sizes and reflect our commitment to the personal touch. They are places where the staff can know each resident as an individual, and where residents’ likes and dislikes are recognized and accommodated whenever possible. Being not-for-profit gives our organization the freedom to concentrate on the needs of residents first. While for-profit corporations have the dual responsibility of providing care for residents, as well as satisfying the needs of investors, we can remain more sharply focused on meeting the needs of residents. We believe that the ability to express these higher values also enables us to attract employees and volunteers with similar values.

Do you embrace cultural diversity?

As a faith based organization, Presbyterian Senior Living is founded on the belief that every human being is of infinite worth as a unique creation of God. Based on this premise, Presbyterian Senior Living is committed to fully embracing the diversity of all persons served, so that together, we can foster a culture of inclusion in an environment free of all forms of discrimination where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is to cultivate awareness and understanding of personal differences and biases so that an environment of understanding, acceptance, respect and support is established.

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