Questions to Ask When You Visit a Retirement Community – and The Answers!
1. Is the community financially stable?
Dunwoody Village, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, has an investment grade rating from Standard & Poor’s.
2. How long has it been in operation?
Dunwoody Village opened in 1974. The Dunwoody Home opened in 1924.
3. Is there a Resident's Reserve Fund?
Yes. The fund is used to subsidize residents that are unable to pay their monthly fee through no fault of their own.
4. What lifestyle choices are available?
Three levels of care are available: Residential Living, Personal Care, and Skilled Nursing Care. There are two separate memory support units, one in Personal Care and one in Skilled Nursing Care.
5. How many hands-on nursing hours are provided, per patient, per day?
Dunwoody Village has more than 4.0 hands-on nursing hours per resident in the Care Center per day, which exceeds the state requirement.
6. Is the community accredited?
Dunwoody Village is accredited by CARF/CCAC. We were one of the first 50 communities accredited in the United States and we go through the reaccreditation process every 5 years. This process is a year-long self-assessment, culminating in a site review by outside professionals.
7. Is there a waiting list? If so, how long?
We have a waiting list (Priority List), but usually have availability ranging from immediate to five years depending on the size of the residence.
8. What is the refund policy for deposits and entry fees?
The Priority List deposit is $1,300 for one person, $1,400 for two people. $1,000 is refundable or goes toward the entrance fee; the $300 or $400 is a processing fee. For that Priority List deposit, the prospective resident may use the fitness center and trainer, and the swimming pool. We send a monthly calendar so that they may attend programs and selected events. We have two types of entrance fees. The non-refundable entrance fee is a one-time fee that reduces by 2% per month for 50 months. The 50% refundable entrance fee is 46% higher than the non-refundable, but the resident or resident's estate always recovers 50% of the original entrance fee.
9. Is any portion of the entry fee and monthly fee tax-deductible?
Approximately 33% of the entrance fee (the year paid), and 33% of the monthly maintenance fee (annually) is tax deductible as a medical deduction on your Federal Income Tax.
10. Does the monthly fee increase when a resident goes to the Health Care Center?
The only increase is for additional meals. One daily meal is included in the monthly fee. In the Care Center, residents are required by law to be served three meals a day.
11. What services are included in the monthly fee?
Please refer to the Services and Amenities section of this website.
12. How many meals are included?
One meal a day is included in the monthly fee. (Most residents choose dinner.) Additional meals are available for a monthly fee.
13. What medical costs does the contract cover?
Dunwoody Village covers routine nursing and personal care services.
14. Is the management open and responsive to resident concerns?
Yes. The managers at Dunwoody Village have an open-door policy.
15. Is free transportation provided to needed services?
Yes. Free transportation is provided to local doctors’ offices, religious services, grocery stores twice a week and a shopping area every other week.
16. Is the community conveniently located and close to public transportation?
Yes. Dunwoody Village is on a public transportation route, five miles from the Bryn Mawr train station, and has a paved path to an adjacent shopping center with approximately 30 stores.
17. What services do you offer for those who are not Dunwoody Village residents ?
Dunwoody Village offers several services, including Sub-acute Rehabilitation Services, Personal Care, Skilled Nursing Care, Memory Support care, and Respite care. More.
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