Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between independent living, assisted living, and nursing home communities?

The answer to this question is found in the following definitions:

Independent Living — A multi-unit senior housing development that may provide supportive services such as meals, housekeeping, social activities, and transportation. Independent Living encourages people to socialize by providing meals in a central dining area and through scheduled social programs. Residents can care for themselves without aid.

Assisted Living — Generally, these are state-licensed programs at senior residential communities that offer services including meals, laundry, housekeeping, and medication reminders. Assistance withActivities of Daily Living (AD) which consist of everyday activities such as bathing, grooming, eating, using the toilet, and dressing assistance, is available if needed. Assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL), which include day-to-day tasks such as, shopping, managing money, and medication dispensing, may also be available.

Nursing Home — A facility licensed by the state that provides 24-hour nursing care, room and board, and activities for convalescent residents and those with chronic and/or long-term illnesses. The availability of regular medical supervision and rehabilitation therapy is required, and nursing homes are eligible to participate in the Medicaid program.

What principles guide how the residency costs are established?

Efficiency — We are committed to using its resources as efficiently as possible in order to be a cost leader in the industry.

Month-to-Month Contract — Many senior living communities charge a large down payment (which in the Kalamazoo area can range from $50,000 to $200,000) under a "Life Leasing Arrangement." Park Village Pines does not want its residents to face this type of life changing financial event to enter an assisted living community. Also, residents are not required to sign leases of any term and are only obligated to pay rent on a monthly basis.

Usage Based — Our goal is to ensure that residents only pay for the care and service that they require. Our clinical staff provides an accurate assessment on each resident based on services used which is converted into a financial charge that becomes part of the monthly cost of residency at Park Village Pines.

How much does it cost to live in our assisted living communities?

Costs vary depending on the community in which a resident lives, the type of room, and the amount of care needed.

A flat rate is charged for all residents in Oakview Terrace and Crystal Woods, our "high care" communities.

For complete information call (269)-372-1928.

How do people pay for the cost of residency and care?

The cost of Park Village Pines is generally "private pay", an obligation of the resident. The monthly income and the assets of some residents are supplemented by sources such as long term care insurance or church assistance.

Are there ways to help pay for the cost of care when the funds of longer term resident's diminish?

Some states, including Michigan, have adopted a program which might provide assistance with the cost of care at assisted living communities to residents who have very limited resources.

The Veteran's Administration (VA) also may help pay for the cost of assisted living care for veterans and their spouses whose financial resources are limited.

May those who receive hospice services live on our campus?

Yes. When needed our residents receive a variety of services through our collaboration with hospice agencies.

Can people with great care needs or those nearing the end of their life live in our communities?

We strive to be a continuum of care provider of assisted living services. This means that our facilities, energy, and resources are focused on serving all residents from those whose care needs are minimal to those whose are extensive.

This desire to provide the full range of care services to current and future residents as their needs increase was the reason that Oakview Terrace, our community of specialized care, was built. Many past residents of this community as well as those in Crystal Woods were able to live on our campus from the time they moved in and had low care needs to the end of their life when they required extensive care. They and their families did not have to go through a move that would have been traumatic and possibly bring a much greater cost.

Each resident's situation is reviewed continuously in partnership with their families and medical professionals, as well as hospice agencies when appropriate, to determine the best living option.