1 Four things to consider when researching communities...
- Size of the building- individuals who struggle with mobility will be apprehensive of moving to a large senior community due to the effort it will take for them to get to the dining areas and activities. Choose a community that will be less intimidating.
- Are Direct Care Staff Certified?- assisted living regulations allow communities to hire un-licensed workers and train them. Here at The Views we choose to hire only Certified Nurse Aids (CNA's), Oral Medication Technicians (OMT's), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) and Registered Nurse's (RN's)
- Staff Knowledge- Does the community employ staff that are knowledgeable in various areas of elder care? It is likely that your loved one will need additional resources as the years go by. Will the staff be able to walk you through that?
- Does the Community accept Elderly Waiver if funds are exhausted?- Vary few assisted living and memory care communities accept "Elderly Waiver" (form of Medicaid). If your loved ones funds will be exhausted within 2-3 years of moving to a senior community, it would be to their best interest to move to a community that accepts Elderly Waiver so they will not have to relocate again. The Views is able to accept 'Elderly Waiver' for tenants who have resided with us for a minimum of two years as long as we are not at our cap for the number of waiver tenants we can have at one time. Please inquire with Jennifer Schulte or Kelleen Scanlon at 319.294.9669 for details.
2 How do I know if I need Independent or Assisted Living?
The difference between Independent and Assisted Living are the medical care services you receive. At RidgeView our Independent residents take advantage of meals, housekeeping, linen/laundry services, wellness program, transportation, 24 certified staff, and valet service for those that drive. Assisted living residents get the same above services but may also receive assistance with medication management, bathing, grooming, dressing and more. Services may be added or removed at any time. Therefore, a personal care plan is created for each tenant upon their move in. The tenants care plan is then evaluated every 90 days to determine if adjustments are needed.
Our residents always have the option of adding Assisted Living services to their service plan at any time with out having to move.
3 Does RidgeView or MeadowView have a large buy-in fee?
No. The Views does not charge a large buy-in fee to rent one of our apartments. As a matter of fact, we also don't require a long-term lease. We have our renters sign a month to month lease agreement.
4 Does RidgeView and MeadowView accept Elderly Waiver?
The Views does accept Elderly Waiver for existing residents that have resided with Ridgeview or Meadowview for a minimum of 2 years as long as we have not exceed the cap for the number of waiver tenants we can have at one time. Contact Jennifer Schulte or Kelleen Scanlon at 319-294-9669 for further details.
We accept Long-term care insurance, VA benefits and private pay. If you are unsure if your insurance covers Assisted Living services, contact us and we can help you find out.
5 How many apartments does The Views have?
The Views Senior Living Community consists of two buildings. RidgeView Senior Living has 44 apartments and has 2 levels. MeadowView Memory Care Village has 56 apartments all on ground level.
6 What is required if I choose to reserve an apartment?
The Views requires a minimal rental deposit to hold a particular apartment for 30 days. The deposit is refundable if circumstances change or at the time of your move out as long as the apartment is in acceptable condition.
7 What if I'm not ready to move in the next 30 days but want to be added to a waiting list?
To be added to The Views waiting list, simply contact our Community Relations Director, Jennifer Schulte, at 319-540-4787.
When the apartment of your choice becomes available we will call you to get first choice of moving in. If you are still not ready, we call the next person on the list.
Adding your name to the waiting list is free and offers peace of mind that you have a choice when you're ready to downsize.