Why should I put my name on the Wait List? It’s a frequently asked question during a Springmoor visit and tour. There are many advantages and one that you should ask about when you have made your decision about moving to Springmoor.
The high occupancy rate in our community is the first reason you should consider the Wait List. We have been working from a list for many years. The floor plan, the location and an anticipated move date will all be part of making your new home choice. There are a fewer number of the larger individual homes in our community making the wait time much longer. Many of our smaller units will come available in a much shorter time frame. Keeping your options open is the best idea for many perspective residents.
A deposit is required to put your name on the Wait List. The application fee is an administrative fee and non-refundable. The second fee (deposit) varies depending on the size unit you have requested and whether you are moving in as a single occupant or as a couple. This part of the fee is refundable at any time. You may say no to a unit if the timing or the size is not what works best and you will keep your position on the Wait List. We recommend that, if you are interested in moving within the next few years, you add your name soon as wait times have continued to increase each year.
Being on our Wait List will also enable you to participate in special planned events throughout the year. A Rightsizing Luncheon with a Senior Move Specialist helps answer questions about preparing for your move. A Round Table Event with the Springmoor Staff helps answer questions about the community. During this event you will meet our Dining Room Manager who will explain all of our dining options. Our Wellness Center Director shares information with you about the forty plus classes offered in the pool and in our exercise facilities. She will tell you about options for physical therapy and the outings offered each month for physical fitness. An expert from our Insurance Department explains how they are available to help file medical claims. Many other specialists are available during these informative events. These two helpful programs provide much needed advice prior to your move.
Those on the Wait List are also invited to participate in activities on campus. Lectures, book clubs, art classes and so much more are open to everyone on the Wait List. Our residents, of course, get first priority for off-campus events but we always welcome those on the Wait List if transportation is available. Meeting new neighbors while working in the garden is a perfect way to get involved before you move in. Joining a Fused Glass Workshop in the Meraki Arts Center, listening to a English Literature presentation with Dr. Elliot Engel or attending a concert with The Dixie Land Jazz Ensemble are wonderful events and a great way to make new friends with similar interests.
The Wellness Center
Many on our Wait List will join an Aqua Fitness Class or come by each morning to use the exercise equipment in our beautiful Wellness Center. Riding a few miles on the exercise bike or jogging a few miles on the elliptical trainer will get you into a healthy routine while meeting a few of your soon-to-be neighbors. This is an excellent perk for adding your name to the Wait List at Springmoor!
If you ask a Springmoor resident, they will all tell you, “Move before you think you need to or before you have to. Come early so you can enjoy all the activities that are available.” Currently 15% of the United States population is 65 years or older. That number is expected to grow to 21% by 2030 and wait times will become even longer. Continue reading →
There are two options and many questions to ask when looking at Independent Living Campuses. Choosing between a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and a Rental Community without all levels of care will be the first two options to consider.
A CCRC offers a resident a community for life. A resident may move within the community as more care is needed but will never have to leave. A CCRC offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care on the same campus. An entry fee or real estate purchase plus a monthly fee will be required. Independent residents can continue to participate in activities outside of their home and leave the meal preparation, housework, security and maintenance to the community. This gives the resident freedom to enjoy every minute of their retirement!
A second option is a rental community where all of these amenities are taken care of for the resident but the next levels of care will vary between communities. Choosing this option requires only a monthly fee (no entry fee is required). If you were to run out of money and the facility has no Medicaid beds available, you would be asked to make other living arrangements at a new facility. When Assisted Living, Skilled Care or Memory Care is needed, most likely the resident will need to move to another community. Hiring your own home care is sometimes an option in a rental community.
Choosing an Independent Living Community is much like buying a home. There are many questions to ask and consider. Your family and your financial planner may also need to be a part of the decision making process. Choose a few communities in your area or close to your family and begin with a tour and your list of questions.
Start with the financial questions on your first visit to the community.
- What is involved in the application process?
- Is the apartment owned or rented?
- Does Medicaid, Medicare or any other long-term insurance cover costs?
- What happens if a resident out lives their money?
- Who makes the decision to move to the next level of care?
- Do residents retain control of their finances? Is there assistance available?
- What is the present occupancy rate?
- How much is the entrance fee and is it refundable?
- What are the monthly fees?
- What happens if my spouse and I need different types of care?
- How has the monthly fee increased over the past 5 years?
- What are the costs for higher levels of care?
Ask for an overall description of making a move to the campus.
- How many homes/ apartments are there on the property?
- What types of home are available and how long is each wait list time?
- How do you get on the waiting list?
- What is the occupancy rate?
Next ask about the list of amenities.
- What amenities are included in your monthly payment: TV, phone, housekeeping, transportation, meals, activities, maintenance, etc.?
- What social activities are available each month?
- Is there a Fitness Center on campus? A pool?
- What services are available: a laundry service, a bank, a hair salon, a grocery store?
- What businesses, parks and medical professionals are located in the neighborhood?
Medical options should be next on your list.
- What doctors are available on campus?
- Can a resident continue to see his or her own doctors?
- Is Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy available to residents?
- What health care costs are covered by the Resident and Care Agreement and what must be paid out of pocket?
- What emergency procedures are in place throughout the community?
As you begin to understand the options, you will also want to ask about the specifics of your home and your dining options.
- How many floor plans are available?
- What appliances are included in each apartment?
- Do I get to make any decorating selections when offered an apartment?
- Are pets allowed?
- Explain the meal plan and dining room options.
- Is there a dietician available for special needs?
- Can families dine with a resident at any time?
- Are there to-go services and/or a grocery store available?
- Can arrangements be made for a prospective resident to have lunch or dinner with a resident?
Her mother was a nurse and one of her two daughters is a mental health counselor. A nurse, like her mother, Nina Cole has spent her life taking care of others. Today she serves on the Springmoor Board of Directors offering her knowledge and expertise when it comes to taking care of our community. Springmoor’s independent residents have an on campus doctor and full nursing staff available for any health issues that arise from flu shots, eye exams, blood pressure checks, a seasonal cold or a rehab stay after surgery. The community offers assisted living and skilled nursing as well as memory care and part time home care assistance as needed. Nina’s career has given her a lifetime of nursing experiences that she can bring to the boardroom.
Born in Mullins, a small town in South Carolina, she watched her mother go off to work at the hospital each day. She said she learned to cook early in her life as her mother was often working during mealtimes. Nina’s family moved to Beaufort, North Carolina while her father was in the service. When it was time for college, she headed to the western part of the state to begin her junior college experience at Mars Hill College. Undecided at first, she soon realized that nursing was the path she would pursue. North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Winston Salem became her home for three years as she completed her degree.
Nina and William met during her college nursing days. The two were married and shortly after graduation moved to Louisville, Kentucky while her husband was in the seminary. She was employed at Kosair Children’s Hospital and Jewish Hospital during their time in Kentucky. Then after a short stay in Virginia, they made their way back to North Carolina. Nina’s nursing career began in Raleigh at Raleigh Internal Medicine. Becoming the Director of Nursing and managing the staff, she says, was one of her most rewarding positions. She later moved to Carolina Allergy & Asthma Center where she found new challenges treating a new variety of illnesses and patients of many different ages.
Nina was also very instrumental in bringing hospice to Wake County. In 1979, Hospice was in its earliest organizational stages across the nation. She became a member for the Board of Directors traveling the state to speak about the benefits and the care they provide to the patients and their families. She continues to be intrigued by the founders and the concept of holistic care they offered. The term “hospice” (from the same linguistic root as “hospitality”) can be traced back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey. Today the organization is known as Transitions LifeCare and is one of the larger hospice organizations across the country. They now serve Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, eastern Chatham and Wake Counties, as well as Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
During these nursing years, she also raised their two daughters. She helped with the PTA in their schools and volunteered her services at The Red Cross and The Open Door Clinic throughout their younger years. Wherever she could lend a hand and offer her expertise, she was quick to sign up to help.
As a volunteer at the Open Door Clinic, she, along with many other volunteer doctors, nurses, and clerical assistants offer their time to help those in Wake County that have no access to health insurance. As part of Urban Ministries, the organization remains as the only free and charitable clinic in Wake County with a fully licensed pharmacy. The Food Pantry and men’s and women’s homeless shelters are also part of the agency.
When she is not nursing, she sings in her active church choir and serves on several committees, her favorite being the church’s media team. She loves to read and says working in the church’s library is great fun. She helps purchase books as well as catalog and shelve those that are donated. Nina also enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren. “Grammy” (as she is called) and her 13 year-old granddaughter are often found at the mall. “What 13 year-old doesn’t want to go to the mall?” she asks. Continue reading →
What better time than now to take steps to prepare for retirement living? With a move to Springmoor, you will have time to enjoy the activities that you have always had to try to squeeze into weekends or after work. You will no longer need to spend your weekends taking care of the lawn or calling and waiting for home repairs. We will take care of home security while you are out of town. We will do your housekeeping chores and prepare dinner. If you need to see a doctor, a nurse or schedule rehab, you can do it all here on our campus.
We suggest these five steps to help get you started toward enjoying your retirement at Springmoor.
Step One: Meet with your Financial Planner
Before you begin your visits to communities in your area (or in an area close to your family), we suggest you meet with your financial planner to gain an understanding of what is within your budget. A financial planner can help prepare and consolidate the documents needed to discuss your future resident options. They can give you a budget to work within and guide you towards making an informed decision about your future home.
Step Two: Contact the Springmoor Marketing Department
This step is easy. You can request a tour online or call our office at 919-234-7626. We look forward to meeting you, answering your questions and showing you the campus. Gaining knowledge about our community will help you make an informed decision about your next move. This step at Springmoor usually takes at least two or three visits. Plus you have the opportunity to attend marketing events to learn more about the community and related topics.
Step Three: Add your Name to the Waiting List
Once you have made your choice, it will be necessary to add your name to the waiting list. Like most Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), Springmoor works from a waiting list. Choosing the size and floor plan that suits your needs will be part of this step. Smaller alcove apartments have a shorter wait time while our larger individual homes with an attached garage have the longest wait times. Of course, these times will vary depending on your specific requests. A marketing counselor can help guide you towards the best fit for your lifestyle. This is an important step in preparing for your move as the large number of baby boomers in this area has increased the wait times.
Step Four: Rightsizing
Now that you have chosen a community and have a possible floor plan or two in mind, you can begin to downsize. Your kitchen is probably filled with baking sheets and serving dishes. Most find that having our dining room staff prepare meals means there is no need for so many kitchen accessories, serving dishes and utensils. The downsizing can begin! Cleaning out drawers, cabinets and even your attic can take time. Beginning the process is an important first step. Giving yourself ample time to downsize takes the stress out of this big task. Having advice from a Rightsizing Specialist can also help.
A Rightsizing Senior Move Specialist can offer advice and guidance when the task seems overwhelming. They can provide several floor plan options using your favorite pieces of furniture. They can give you a list of places to donate, auction or sell pieces that you will no longer need. They will arrange pick-up services for the larger items too. With their prior experience, it is easy for these experts to walk you through the downsizing steps in each room of your house. Packing and unpacking for your move will be the final steps in the services they can provide.
Step Five: Meet with a Real Estate Agent
This step prepares your house for the market. An agent can offer advice on home repairs that will be needed. Power washing, painting, wood repair and carpet cleaning will be part of the steps you may need to take to prepare your house for sale. This process can take several months and with their assistance you will be able to schedule all of the contractors needed to make your house look it’s best for the market. Continue reading →
Springmoor wants to help you reach your health and fitness goals. We are excited to announce the addition of something new to the Wellness Center offerings. In mid-November, two of our fitness instructors, Tricia Shipley and Kris Lawyer will begin a Personal Training program. Two of our favorite class instructors will now be available to personally help you reach your fitness goals.
The new program will start with a fitness assessment and then be designed to fit your specific needs. While training with your private coach, they will evaluate your interests, establish goals and track your progress. Tricia and Kris will demonstrate each exercise with proper form to reduce risk of injury. They will teach you which muscle groups are being targeted during your training. The trainer will work with you one-on-one for the duration of your session to ensure that you are safe and that you are obtaining optimal results. Each session will include a warm-up, an exercise portion and a cool-down period. The trainers will share helpful exercise tips and information while you are working together.
Have you made one or more of these statements in the past few months?
- I don’t know where to start with an exercise program.
- I need to continue exercising after physical therapy.
- I need motivation, accountability and support.
- I want to learn exercises to do on my own and how to perform them properly.
- I have a fitness goal but need help developing a plan to achieve it.
- I need weight loss assistance.
- I want to prevent falls and stay independent.
- I need a challenge.
- I want to change my exercise routine.
- I want an assessment to determine my abilities.
- I need to find the areas that I should focus on.
- I want to create maximized workouts for better results.
Does this sound like you? If so, let’s get started! Springmoor has something new to help you achieve your wellness goals.
The instructors will be happy to work with you wherever you are the most comfortable. They can meet you in the South Village Pathways Wellness Center or in the North Village Exercise Room. They can meet you in the privacy of your own home. If you want to train in the pool or the equipment room, they can meet you there also.
We have planned the program to work with your schedule. Each session can be scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The amount of sessions will depend on your goals, needs and interests. You and your trainer will decide on the number of sessions that fit your schedule and design a program to meet your fitness goals.
Kris Lawyer has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She started teaching aerobic dance in 1983 at Spa Lady, an all women’s gym in Raleigh. Since then she has become a certified instructor and taught a wide variety of exercise classes including Strength Training, Kickboxing, Cycling, Yoga and Step. After two shoulder surgeries and a back surgery, Kris has concentrated on senior fitness instruction.
She teaches Chair Yoga, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and a variety of other classes for Springmoor Residents. Kris enjoys working one-on-one with residents and sharing her knowledge of fitness gained through may years of experience. As an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, she believes that you can improve your health and fitness at any age through proper, regular exercise and have fun while doing it!
For Tricia Shipley, exercise is an important, meaningful part of daily living. She believes in the mind-body connection of wellness. Although our schedules are busy, she believes exercise should be incorporated to become routine. Tricia is an ardent supporter that exercise can prevent health problems and improve quality of life.
Tricia holds certifications in personal training, group fitness, PiYo, Silver Sneakers and Health Eating Every Day from the Cooper Institute. She has provided group fitness instruction and personal training for 20 years, specializing in strength training, functional training, sport-specific training, circuit training and core training.
Both Kris and Tricia tell us the goal is simple once you get started. They will motivate you, keep you on the right track and always provide support. Ask anyone who has taken one of their classes – they are inspiring. Continue reading →
Looking for a part-time job in high school that works with school hours, study time, after-school sports and club meetings can be challenging. The Springmoor Dining Room schedule offers many of our neighborhood high school students the perfect place to work. Serving in one of our four dining areas during the weekday dinner hours or on the weekends makes for the ideal first job.
Madison was a sophomore at Leesville High School when she became an employee at Springmoor. She says the hours were perfect for her schedule. She came in before dinner and worked a few hours several nights a week in the South Village Dining Room. The residents made it a fun place to be. She got to know each of them, their families and their favorites on the menu.
High School Sweethearts
After her high school graduation, Madison continued to work at Springmoor and began taking classes at Wake Tech. Eric, her high school sweetheart, decided to follow in his mother, father, and stepfather’s footsteps and join the armed services. After boot camp and his stateside service, she and Eric were married. Shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan, they got the news that they were expecting a baby. Madison continued working in the Springmoor Dining Room and taking classes while Eric was away.
Emery, their little girl, arrived three weeks prior to Eric’s return to the states. Madison moved to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville when he returned. She enrolled at Coastal Carolina Community College for her CNA certification. Still unsure of her career path, she knew it would either be in nursing or teaching. “Both jobs involve helping others and this is what I knew I wanted to do,” she said.
She credits her Labor and Delivery Nurse (LDN) with the reason she has chosen to pursue a career in nursing. “She was awesome and made me realize this is what I want to do for others.” Now a mother, a wife and a student, Madison continued to juggle many hours of hard work.
After his five-year service ended, Eric and Madison moved back to their hometown of Raleigh. When they returned, she began looking for a nursing position. Her mother mentioned Springmoor. “Don’t they have nurses on their staff?” she asked. Madison now has her LPN degree and is continuing her nursing education. Eric, a Marine Combat Videographer, is currently pursuing his degree in computer science.
“Full circle,” she said, “I waited on many of the residents in the dining room when I was in high school and now I am taking care of them again.” This time it’s as a nurse. She still juggles school, family and a career. While her husband is in physics and calculus classes in the morning, she is at home studying. Online courses make it easy to have a flexible schedule for her studies. Madison works the evening shift and alternating weekends at Springmoor. As a float nurse, she is assigned to different wings each evening. She loves this position she says, “I get to know everyone and their families.” Continue reading →