Is it time to think about your next move? Are your children settled in their own homes? Are you planning to retire from your nine-to-five routine in the near future? Home maintenance and housework getting in the way of your travel time, golf game and visits with your grandchildren? Then it’s time to let someone else take care of these duties and enjoy your free time. There are many communities and options to consider as you begin your search.
The name easily describes the community. Moving to a single-family home, condo or an apartment in a 55+ neighborhood is an option for those looking for like-minded neighbors with similar interests. Most communities are built with clubhouses, fitness centers, walking trails and swimming pools. They are often located close to shops, restaurants, grocery stores and entertainment centers. Most do not allow anyone younger than 18 to live in the home (of course, visitors are always allowed) and one of the residents in the home must be 55 years of age or older.
The statistics show that the average age of residents in 55+ community is now actually 75. The older the development, the older the residents will be. New construction will most likely have younger residents moving in as the community develops. Lawn maintenance may be included in some communities. Some will require extra fees for other amenities. The cost may be similar to your home now. While the size may be smaller, the Home Owner Association fees will pay for much of the neighborhood common area maintenance. You will pay separately for the amenities that you prefer – golf activities, fitness training and dining at neighborhood locations will only be a part of your expenses if you choose for them to be.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Much like a 55+ community, a CCRC has all of the extras with the added benefit of aging in place. Healthcare is the extra that you will not find in a 55+ community. The name, once again, describes it best – continuing care. These communities were built to accommodate transitions. Independent living is the largest part of any Continuing Care Retirement Community. Single-family houses with a garage and an office, much like your own home, are available at Springmoor. Villas or apartments are also part of the independent floor plan options on our campus. Continue reading →
Are you interested in taking a tour of our campus? We would be more than happy to show you around, introduce you to our staff and tell you about all the extras Springmoor has to offer. Bring your questions. Bring your walking shoes. Bring a friend or family member. We are only a phone call away.
What to Expect
Before you arrive, one of our marketing counselors will give you an overview on the phone. They will answer your initial questions and help you prepare for the tour. Let them know if you have a specific type of housing you are interested in and they will make plans for you to see it. If there are special amenities that you are interested in seeing or classes you would like to observe, please let them know of your interests also. There is so much to see that it often takes two or three trips to take it all in!
To prepare for your first visit, study the information packet our marketing counselors have mailed to you and bring a list of questions. For those who like to do research, there is a wealth of information on the web with questions to ask on a first visit. For those who prefer to ask friends and family, start now. Ask friends living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and others who have begun to tour, like you, what they have found. Make a list of items that are important to you. What do you like about your home, your neighborhood and your style of living? What are you interested in doing with your free time? Do you have family in the area? Do you participate in activities in the community? Where are your favorite shopping areas? Do you attend cultural events in the city? All these are important things to consider when choosing which community best fits your needs. Location and amenities are an important aspect of making your decision.
Understanding the Finances
During your first visit, the marketing counselors will help explain the costs of living at Springmoor. They can give you worksheets to help guide you through the process. As with any CCRC, there is an initial entry fee. The monthly fees will vary depending on the size of the home you choose and whether or not you are moving in as a couple or by yourself. The monthly fees cover a wide range of housing costs such as housekeeping, security, cable, phone, gas and electric, and home maintenance. This fee also covers services and amenities such as our Wellness Center, dining, short-term rehabilitation, medical transportation and a variety of social, educational and cultural programs.
The Wellness Center may be one of the first stops on your tour. Our heated saltwater lap pool is home to aqua-fit classes each day. The center also includes an exercise classroom, state of the art fitness machines, a sauna and a massage center. With over forty classes offered each week, there will certainly be one to fit your style. Personal trainers are also available to help you find the perfect workout for your needs.
The North and South Village Dining Rooms, The Bistro and The Garden Café will be a tour stop too. With four options for dining, you have a choice of grabbing a quick to-go meal, breakfast, a casual light lunch or dinner or gathering with friends and enjoying a relaxing restaurant style meal in the dining room. If you are hosting a group luncheon or a family party, the dining room can cater a meal in one of our private dining rooms.
Your marketing counselor will have talked to you about Springmoor’s many different housing options over the phone. She can show you our larger homes with two bedrooms, den and a garage or a smaller villa located on the perimeter of the 42-acre campus. If you prefer to be closer to the dining rooms and the exercise facilities, an apartment in North or South Village may be your style. Options ranging from alcoves to two-bedroom/two-bath apartments can be added to your tour. It is often best to see one or two and come back for a second visit after you have had time to think through your wants and needs.
The amenities and list of social, cultural and educational programs can be found in our monthly Pathways publication. There are art classes, lecture series, musical performances, Raleigh Greenway walking tours, health seminars, out-to-dinner (and lunch) outings, day-trips across the state and so much more offered each month. Of course, our calendar is packed full each month with new offerings. As you tour the campus, you will also want to see our Springmoor Putting Green, Croquet Court, Woodshop, Resident Garden, Movie Theatre and Meraki Arts Studio.
The Stewart Health Center
Choosing a CCRC like Springmoor gives you the security of knowing you have health care options available if needed. Short-term rehabilitation stays, memory care, skilled nursing or assisted living are all part of our community. Our staff can care for a spouse or a neighbor while you are only a short walk away. Knowing you can visit your friends or loved one without leaving the campus is a wonderful benefit to having a full continuum of care in the community. Continue reading →
This week the Springmoor Residents offer their advice to Prospective Residents in Part II of our When to Move stories.
Have you thought: Oh sure, I know one day I may need to move to one of those retirement homes. But now? Why would I want to do that now?
We did not want to move. We were too young. It wasn’t the time. We used every excuse to avoid a move but Springmoor is now our Happy Place.
Everything you go through in a move, we have all done. It is better to come when you can participate in activities, make new friends, settle in physically and emotionally and adjust well to leaving your home. Talk to Springmoor residents. Visit every opportunity you can. Attend programs preparing you to move. Drop-by and walk around the campus often. Visit the various housing options. Begin making Springmoor feel more doable as you begin the process.
When you do come…PARTICIPATE. Leave the boxes and get involved with the activities. We will love you through the moving-in and settling-in process or we can be your balcony cheerleaders from a distance. Everyone is very helpful, kind and generous with welcoming words. The staff is amazing. They can answer any questions and help with getting settled in your new home. They are all here to help! (Barbara and Fred McGehee, Springmoor residents since 2014)
By My Choice
I came at the age of 76. I wanted to come to a retirement community by my choice rather than be in an emergency situation and have a choice made for me that I would not want. I also felt strongly that making the decision myself was a gift to my children and they would not be pushed into making the choice for me.
Since I had visited Springmoor friends so often, I wanted to come while I was able to enjoy all the many advantages we have in the way of programs, trips and activities. We have a great wealth of opportunities from which to choose. I tell my own friends regularly that the time to come is NOW!!! I still come and go as I always did. I have it easy with good friends, good food prepared for me, a weekly housekeeper, great trips, wonderful entertainment and, best of all, the security of knowing that help is just a phone call away if I should need it. I am even happier today that I made that decision four years ago. (Peg Bedini, Springmoor resident since 2014)
Listening to our friends who had made the retirement choice before us was an important part of our decision making. Moving to Springmoor while we could do it as a couple, was the best advice I received. It allowed us to be known in the community as a couple. When one of us is no longer here, neighbors will remember the one we grieve for and that helps in the grief process.
Moving sooner also ensures that we make our own choice. Whether it was a house, villa or an apartment, we were able to choose the one we liked and best met our needs. We were not driven by health, physical or cognitive abilities to have to make a hasty choice.
Moving sooner rather that later allowed for more active involvement and enjoyment of planned programs and eased the transition from one home to another. (Betty and Blake Aydlett, Springmoor residents since 2013)
Life is Richer
My daughter asked me recently to tell her about a typical day here at Springmoor. I told her that I was happy to report that my typical day could be anything I want it to be, which is very enticing! I do have choices to get in my car and go shopping, visit other friends around Raleigh and elsewhere, go on a trip to the islands or Europe, or the beach; all the things I have done before arriving here. Your previous life does not need to stop because you have moved into a retirement community. In addition, I can also choose from a wealth of activities offered by Springmoor – day trips around the city and state, lunches or dinners in Raleigh area, concerts or lectures in our auditorium, church services, counseling, movies, exercise classes, playing bridge, attending art classes, going to the library, reading and on and on. Or, I can stay in my pajamas, eat in my apartment, read, paint, watch TV or work on my computer. There are no rules or agendas I have to follow. Life has become so much richer with the wonderful choices all around me.
Also, the two buildings here in South Village have every thing I need even if I could not get out because of bad weather or some other reason. We have a wonderful dining hall with great food choices and a delightful causal dining option too. Any of the food can be taken to my apartment to enjoy later. I can also go to the Post Office or movie or library right here. If I need to go to North Village, Springmoor transportation is available if I prefer not to walk. All housekeeping, yard work, window washing, hanging pictures or any odd jobs that may be needed can be taken care of by Springmoor. Why would I not love being pampered so well? So many earlier responsibilities and worries have been removed.
Safe and Secure
Maybe one of the main assets at Springmoor is the interaction with the residents and the staff. Everyone is friendly, caring and genuinely interested in knowing each other. This creates such a good feeling of well-being and of belonging to a special community. In addition, feeling safe and secure is so comforting after living alone as a widow for many years and having concerns about our changing world.
The time to get involved with a retirement community is actually before you need all that they offer. We never know what fate has in store for us health wise. A place like Springmoor is here to provide health care every step of the way and for any type of illness that may befall you. One of my goals was to not put any burden involving my long-term health care on my children. Now they can be involved with me, but also be assured that I am in the best place for any care I may need in the future. If one waits too long to get involved with a retirement community, they could find that there could be a long wait to enjoy these benefits. (Margaret Burch, Springmoor resident since 2016) Continue reading →
The purpose of a newsletter would be to help foster successful living at Springmoor. It would do this by helping us know each other better through reports of resident activities, accomplishments, celebrations, etc.; by informing us of plans, activities, accomplishments or needs of Association committees; by fostering good neighborliness; and by striving to keep us informed of activities, opportunities or needs of residents. (John Cameron, President Springmoor Residents Association. October 1990)
The first Herald was published in October 1990 on pastel pink paper. “Cut and Paste” was actual cutting and pasting articles. The font was American typewriter. There were a few pieces of hand-drawn art to accompany the single column articles. From the beginning to the current edition, the editors along with the technology have quickly changed the look but the content continues to inform our residents and be a well-read newsletter each month.
Larry Auld, The Herald’s current volunteer editor, stepped into the position in the fall of 2016. As the former Principal Advisor of the School of Communication and Chair of Library and Information Studies at East Carolina University, he was a perfect to chair this Residents Association Committee. Larry brings with him a background of interests in virtual reality, visual media, history, art, photography, woodworking and gardening.
Each new editor has put their stamp on The Herald. Larry uses Microsoft Publisher to put the newsletter together. He has added a number of photos to the publication as photo journalism is an important part of any story. Experimenting with different fonts, he even began to explain the history and origin of each one as he looked for the best type style for the newsletter. He listens for unique stories in the community as he and Gabby, his little schnauzer, are out and about each day. He is quick to say that he doesn’t put it together without a lot of help from other members of the community.
There are many volunteers from the Residents Association who enjoy writing. Suggie Styres, Jan Christensen and Dottie Davis submit articles about newcomers. When a new resident arrives, they are contacted for a get-to-know-you interview. The writers then put together a short article about each new resident for The Herald. Mary Alice Hale, Springmoor’s Library Chair, keeps everyone informed with updates from the library. Upcoming books for the book clubs are always listed. Kari Richie, Springmoor Wellness Director; Leah Willis, Resident Life Director; Thom Morgan, Springmoor’s Landscape Manager and Phyllis Mayo, our Chaplain, also submit articles. The residents and employees are important contributors in keeping up informed of the who’s who and what’s what each month.
As with most newspapers, there is a sports section! Game scores are always included. Golf, Croquet, Ping Pong and Shuffleboard are among the many competitive activities that are highlighted each month. Winners are always thrilled to see their winning scores at the top of the list! And not to be forgotten, Bridge players have a column also.
Larry quickly realized when he took over as the editor and chair of the committee that the publication had to be completed, printed and in everyone’s mailboxes by the end of each month. For those with birthdays on the first or second of each month, they would be missed if the paper wasn’t in the resident’s hands by the end of the proceeding month. With a smile, Larry says he keeps his editors on a tight deadline so the presses can roll on time.
The Funny Pages
A paper wouldn’t be complete without a little laughter. With each publication, you will find a column or two of puns, sayings or paraprosdokians.
- We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
- You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
- To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
- I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder to find one now.
The Herald has undergone many changes through the years. From eight pink pastel pages with hand drawn logos to fourteen pages with color photography and an updated publisher layout. From John Cameron to Larry Auld, the one thing that remains consistent is that without the volunteers the paper would not be published. The first Herald editor wished the newly elected officers his best wishes but then said, “They would probably prefer to hear your offers to pitch in and help during the coming year as the association works to help each of us have a good year. Don’t blame things – better them.” Continue reading →
Raleigh saw large wet snowflakes four days ago and is expecting temperatures to be in the 80s today. Over the years, Raleigh residents have come to expect several seasons all in one week! The beauty of living here is not only the fair weather temperatures but also the blooms of spring. Daffodils, cherry blossoms, forsythia and tulip trees have been in full bloom the past few weeks – some even covered in a layer of snow a week or so ago.
The buds are visible and the first few azaleas are beginning to bloom. Springmoor will soon be tilling the gardener’s soil and they can begin planting their summer tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. A new resident recently described Springmoor as a lush oasis, tucked away in a residential neighborhood. The beauty of our 42-acre campus, hidden from the busy city streets, overwhelmed him. If you haven’t stopped by to see our campus in full color, we invite you to visit soon. The azaleas and dogwoods are stunning!
The azaleas and dogwoods can be found around every corner of the community.
Tulips and flox add bright colors to our gardens.
The crisp Carolina blue skies are a welcome event every spring. Continue reading →
The key feature of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) that distinguishes it from other retirement living communities is the type of contract available for your “continuum of care.” The continuum of care typically includes independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care.
CCRCs provide multiple types of living assistance as your health care needs increase. Moving to a CCRC assures that, as you or your spouse need more care or different types of care, you can stay in one community and have your health care needs met without another move. The five types of contracts available at CCRCs differ in the way in which the health care costs are covered.
You will want to explore the possibilities and ask detailed questions about each type of contract as they vary from one community to another. The cost of providing health care to an individual can be assumed by the community or by the resident. With an Extensive Contract (or Life Care), the fees for entry are much higher but the monthly service costs remain the same as you move within the community to higher levels of care. In other words, your health care costs are paid as part of the entry fee and before you may need them, much like an insurance policy. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a Rental Contract offers health care on an as needed basis. There is typically no entry fee associated with a Rental community and health care costs are paid at a full market rate.
The community in an Extensive Contract assumes most of the costs of the health care services. They can offer nursing care at a below market rate because of the higher entry fees. In a Rental Contract, the rate charged for health care is much higher and paid by the individual when it is needed. CCRCs typically have all levels of care within the community so a move into the community means that you can age in place. Rental properties do not always have skilled care so it is best to ask about all levels when you begin your search for your new home.
Type A: Extensive (or Life Care) – Extensive contracts provide housing, residential services and health-related services in exchange for a price, usually consisting of an entrance fee and a monthly fee. No additional fees are generally required as one moves from one level of care to another except for additional meals after a move from independent living. The trade-off in paying higher fees for independent living is that almost all residential services, amenities and health-related services, such as assisted living or skilled nursing care, are provided with little or no increase in monthly fees, other than inflationary adjustments. This contract pre-pays for some portion of health-related services that may be needed in the future. This ensures more predictable long-term expenses regardless of health care needs in the future.
Type B: Modified – Modified contracts provide housing, residential services and a specified amount of health-related services in exchange for an entrance fee and a monthly fee. It may include almost all of the same residential services and amenities that a Type-A contract offers. However, if assisted living or skilled nursing care is required, the resident will be responsible for some of the cost. Health-related services are provided at a subsidized rate or are free for a specified number of days.
Type C: Fee-for-Service – Fee-for-Service contracts provide housing, residential services and guaranteed access to health-related services in exchange for an entrance fee and a monthly fee. Contracts typically require the lowest monthly fees and possibly the lowest entry fees compared to the other types described above. Some or all of the same residential services and amenities may be provided, but if assisted living or skilled nursing care is required, the resident’s monthly fee will be provided at the going, full per-diem rate.
Type D: Equity – Equity contracts involve an actual real estate purchase, with a transfer of ownership of the unit. A monthly service fee will still be required. Health care is generally available at the on a fee-for-service basis at the full market rate or at a slight discount.
Type E: Rental – Rental contracts provide housing, residential services and guaranteed access to health-related services in exchange for a monthly rental payment and a monthly fee. There may be a nominal community fee at your entry. Contracts are often month-to-month and service fees may be higher than what you would pay in a comparable entry fee community. Residents under this contract may have priority access to the health care facility but not necessarily guaranteed access. In other words, access to a continuum of care may not be contractually guaranteed as it often is with entry fee providers. As with a Type C contract, the resident will pay the full market rate for health care.
Springmoor – A Modified Contract
As a CARF/CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission) nationally accredited Life Care Retirement Community, Springmoor is designed to provide active, independent retirement living while providing for existing and future health and personal needs.
The amenities and services, including the scheduled activities, entertainment and extensive Pathways Wellness program, are among the best and most progressive offered by any Continuing Care Retirement Community. Springmoor also offers their own Springmoor Home Care and Supportive Living as a bridge between independent living and more continuous care. All of this and more allows for an active, yet secure retirement lifestyle.
Springmoor’s onsite Stewart Health Center provides short term and continuing inpatient care including memory care, as well as a comprehensive outpatient clinic. Residents may also receive physical and occupational therapy on site as well as dental, optical, hearing, psychiatric and podiatry care. The standard for care assures that the residents receive nursing care and personal care that is among the best available. Continue reading →