What is the difference between Prince of Peace Retirement Living and other apartment buildings?
Prince of Peace Retirement Living is not simply an apartment building. It is a “retirement community” that is made up of “neighborhoods”. Within our community there are planned activities, fellowship, and health care options; along with communal living areas such a library, fireside lounge, and dinning facilities for all to share.
Why is it so expensive?
The rates at Prince of Peace Retirement Living cannot be compared to those of basic apartment complexes, due to the variety of activities and service options we offer. The rent at Prince of Peace Retirement Living is not expensive when compared to the cost and responsibilities of home ownership, and when the total life style we offer is considered.
My mom is getting a little forgetful, but we’re sure she’ll be fine once she’s around other people.
According to Policy # 13 in the Prince of Peace Retirement Living Policy manual, a resident needs to be able to live safely and independently at Prince of Peace to be a resident. They need to be able to do this on their own, with the assistance
of a family member or a health care aide. If the management of Prince of Peace determines that a resident presents a safety concern to themselves, the responsible family member will be contacted and review committee will meet to review the resident’s ability to safely live independently.
How many people can the dining room hold? Can we reserve the dining room for private parties and other functions?
What is the charge?
The dining room holds approximately 50 people seated for a meal. There is no charge for a resident to reserve the dining facility or other common areas for a private function. The residents’ noon meal does have priority and is served daily at noon.
May I rent a garage only for the winter? Why aren’t there more garages? Do you have car plug- ins? Will someone clean off my car and start it for me in the winter?
Yes, you may rent a garage for a winter, although there is a waiting list for the garage rentals, and if you give up your garage in the spring, you may not get one back for the next winter. The number of garages at Prince of Peace Retirement Living was determined by a formula set for general use in senior residents, and by the design of the building. Yes, we have car plug-ins in the front of the building for your use. You could make arrangements through our Health Care ala Carte services to have someone start your car when needed. This sort of service is not automatically provided by the staff at Prince of Peace.
Can I have overnight guests in the apartment? For how long?
Yes, you may have guests in your apartment, it is your home. The Prince of Peace Retirement Living Resident Handbook states that a one bedroom apartment may have 2 people on a permanent basis, and a two bedroom apartment may house 3 people on a permanent basis. As long as your guests are on a temporary stay they are welcome. Prince of Peace Retirement Living also offers a guest room which can be reserved at $25.00/night.
If I live in Prince of Peace Retirement Living and need to move to a nursing home, will you help with the arraignments?
The management of Prince of Peace Retirement Living cannot be solely responsible for assisting a resident with their move to a nursing home. We will serve as a liaison for you and your responsible family member to the necessary agencies with whom you will need to make arrangements.
I have a home care aide who has been with me for years. Can she continue to help me at Prince of Peace Retirement Living?
Absolutely. We have an arrangement with a Home Health Care agency to provide services to our residents, who request them through our Health Care ala Carte program, but this is not an exclusive arrangement and you are welcome to use your own choice of health care aide or program.
If I’m gone for vacation, in the hospital or out of state in the winter, do I get a credit on my rent?
Yes, once you are gone from your apartment for 30 days, you will get a 20% discount on your rent for up to one hundred-twenty days (120).
Is it okay for unrelated people to share an apartment?
Our policies state that to live at Prince of Peace Retirement Living a resident must be at least 55 years of age. It also states that there can be no more than 2 residents in a one bedroom apartment and no more than 3 in a two bedroom apartment. Other than that, it is your home in a Christian senior residence.
Will there be a Chaplin at Prince of Peace Retirement Living?
We are blessed with a wonderful working relationship with Peace Lutheran Church and several area churches. They graciously share a weekly Bible study and communion with our residents, and are on call for what services we might be in need of. We also welcome the involvement of Pastors from our residents’ church homes.
A meal is offered, tell me about it. When is it served and how often is the menu changed?
Prince of Peace Retirement Living offers a noon meal, 7 days a week. It is served by the staff and the menu changes once a month. The menu is printed in our monthly newsletter.
Do I have to choose my meals ahead of time?
Because Prince of Peace Retirement Living is independent living, you are not required to eat with us. However, if you choose to dine at the noon meal, you must sign up for your meals at least 24 hours in advance, as all of our meals are home cooked.
How am I billed for services?
You are billed only for those services which you choose to use. At the end of each month, you will receive a bill from the office. Prince of Peace Retirement Living does use automatic withdrawal from checking/savings for ease of bill paying, if you elect to use this service.
Are there confused people living at Prince of Peace Retirement Living?
Since this a senior residence, we cannot guarantee that there will not be people with slight problems with confusion, or memory loss. Residents must be able to live independently, or have health care services or a family member living with them to assist them, if they have problems that become serious enough to make them a threat to their own safety or to the safety of other residents. If the problems become too serious for them to maintain the lifestyle expected of Prince of Peace Retirement Living residents, an Independent Living review will be done to make recommendations for other living options.
Is there any point when you tell people to move to a nursing home?
According to Policy # 14 of the Prince of Peace Retirement Living Manual, if there is a concern about a resident’s ability to continue to live independently, the resident’s responsible family member will be contacted, and an Independent Living review committee will meet to make recommendations to the family. We rely on the advice of the family, the resident’s doctor, and the local social and medical services to make this determination.
My mom won’t come out for activities unless you go get her.
The management of Prince of Peace Retirement Living cannot take the responsibility of bringing a resident to each activity that happens in the residence. If you have a concern that your family member will need encouraging or reminding to attend, you can make arrangements with our Health Care ala Carte personnel to work with the resident at these times.
I’m worried about Mom with the stove. Is there anything we can do about shutting it off?
This is the choice of the family and the resident at Prince of Peace Retirement Living. If this decision is made, our concern is the health, nutrition, and safety of the resident, and the alternative meal arrangements that will be made. If you have this sort of concern for the resident, we would recommend that family members see to the appropriate meals of the resident, or that arrangements are made with Health Care ala Carte personnel to assist in meal preparation.
Are there laundry carts to bring the laundry down the hall?
Yes, no apartment is more than 3 apartments away from a laundry room, and there are carts on wheels in each of the 4 laundry rooms. The carts need to remain stored in the laundry room, but are there for the residents’ use in transporting their laundry to and from their apartments.
My mom’s doctor says she needs a nursing home. Are you sure you can take care of her?
Princes of Peace Retirement Living is not a long or short term care facility, nor are we an assisted living facility. If there is any concern for a resident’s ability to live safely and independently, either on their own or with the help of Health Care ale Carte services, the management of Prince of Peace Retirement Living will recommend a health care assessment prior to renting an apartment. We rely on the advice of medical professionals and social services to determine if a potential resident can live safely at Prince of Peace Retirement Living.
I need to hold an apartment for a few weeks until Mom gets out of the hospital. How long can I hold it?
According to Policy #10 of the Prince of Peace Retirement Living Policy Manual, a resident may make a security deposit on an apartment that will hold it for 30 days. If a resident is not able to move in at the end of that time, they have options of paying rent anyway or forfeiting the reserved apartment and going on a waiting list for that or an alternative apartment.
Mom does not want to move here, but we have decided she has to. Where do I sign?
We will be happy to have your mother as a resident at Prince of Peace Retirement Living, but we have a great concern for the happiness and well-being of each of our residents. If she is terribly unhappy here, we would be concerned for the affect this might have on her health and well-being of those she would come into contact with. Prince of Peace Retirement Living does rent apartments on a 30 day basis; you may need to look at the move as a trial on her part, to determine if she will be able to make the adjustment.