If you’ve been considering making the move to Florida Presbyterian Homes, we’re sure you have plenty of questions and concerns. To get you started, we created a list of the most commonly asked questions about our retirement community:
Q: Do I have to be Presbyterian or a retired minister to come to Florida Presbyterian Homes?
A: No. We are proud of our Presbyterian name and heritage, but we welcome people of all faiths. As an organization that values individualism and personalization, we are proud of the diverse backgrounds of each of our residents. With a variety of religious and economic backgrounds, our residents feel welcome and appreciated for who they are.
Q: What type of housing does Florida Presbyterian Homes have?
- Independent/Residential – houses, cottages and patio homes in a neighborhood setting
- Independent/Apartments – independent living with an extra level of services and dining options
- Assisted Living - studio and one-bedroom apartments and suites with assistance for daily living activities
- Skilled Nursing – state-of-the-art skilled nursing center
Q: What is the average age of people when they move to Florida Presbyterian Homes?
A: The average age for people entering our Independent/Residential neighborhoods is 78. The average age for people entering apartments is 82.
Q: At what age should I come?
A: You are the best judge of that, but for many, it’s beneficial to come as soon as possible. We have independent residents in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s! Come when you are in good health. You’ll find a vibrant retirement community that welcomes and encourages you to enjoy a wide variety of activities and pursuits.
Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age to come?
A: Individuals must be 55 to apply but the Life Occupancy Fee is based on age 62. Those under age 62 will pay a slightly higher Life Occupancy Fee. There is no maximum age.
Q: I travel quite a bit to visit friends and family. Will this be a problem?
A: No. Many of our residents are snow birds or like to travel. Their homes and yards are well taken care of while they are away.
Q: What are the accommodations and the campus like?
A: In one word, beautiful – our 48-acre retirement community features tree-lined streets, rolling lawns, richly landscaped grounds and scenic views of Lake Hunter. Florida Presbyterian Homes has a total of 238 living options. Of these, there are:
- 109 residential houses and duplexes for Independent Living
- 66 independent apartments
- 45 Assisted Living apartments
- 48-bed state-of-the-art skilled nursing center
Q: If I become a resident and my spouse has to go to the skilled nursing center or assisted living, what do I do?
A: You have several options. You may stay in your existing home or you may at some point choose to move to an apartment, to be closer to your spouse and receive more services. We will help you find the best plan to suit your individual needs.
Q: Is there a survey to determine resident satisfaction?
A: Yes, we are proud of our residents’ satisfaction and encourage you to ask for a summary copy of the bi-annual survey. It is conducted by an independent entity to ensure that we are meeting our residents’ needs.
Q: How is the food?
A: Great! We are led by a dining services manager and executive chef who serve a daily buffet with table service and take out available. We also offer special themed meals and an evening gala monthly. Our dining staff will gladly cater to special needs, restricted diets and individual tastes.
Q: What on-site programs are available for residents?
A: We have a large variety of programs and opportunities to suit every taste. And if you don’t find something available, feel free to start it. Here is a sampling of our organized offerings: lifelong learning presentations, forums, group fitness classes, gym, pool, day trips, trips to cultural events, Bible study, woodworking, wood carving, billiards, handbell choir, painting, ceramics, chorus, bridge, book club and much, much more!
Q: Are guests welcome?
A: Guests are always welcome! They can stay with you in your home or one of three resort-style guest rooms on campus. Meals for guests are also available in the dining room.
Q: What is the application process?
A: Before you enter our retirement community, we look at your health and financial situation to help you choose the best residence to fit your needs. Each applicant is asked to submit a $100 nonrefundable processing fee and a refundable $1,000 deposit with the application. A medical form completed by a physician is required. Do not hesitate to contact marketing for additional information, 863-577-6001.
Q: Does Florida Presbyterian Homes offer transportation?
A: Most residents come with their cars, but we also provide group transportation to churches, shopping and medical appointments. In addition, personal transportation is available Monday through Friday.
Q: What are the regulations accrediting and governing Florida Presbyterian Homes?
A: We’re glad you asked. We are regulated by Florida Statutes, with a variety of government departments, including the State Department of Insurance and the State Agency for Healthcare Administration overseeing our operations. We are very proud of the quality of our retirement community and skilled nursing services. Read more about our continuing care accreditation and quality designations.
Q: How much does Florida Presbyterian Homes cost?
A: All residents pay two fees. There is a one-time Life Occupancy Fee that is paid at entry. Residents also pay a monthly maintenance fee. Fees vary based on the type of senior living arrangements and skilled services provided to each resident. Residents feel that our prices are fair and are a good value. We encourage you to look around and compare us to others.
Q: What is the financial stability of Florida Presbyterian Homes?
A: Florida Presbyterian Homes is in excellent and very strong financial health. We have an annual budget of about $9 million. Total assets at the end of 2010 were about $38 million, while long-term debt was $6 million. We publish an audited financial report annually. Ask to see a copy.
Q: Isn’t Florida Presbyterian Homes just a big nursing home?
A: Not at all. Florida Presbyterian Homes is a community of older adults who enjoy their retirement. We’re known as The Home With a Heart; many residents call us a family. We provide the structure and space for our residents to enjoy a carefree and personalized lifestyle. And if you have any health concerns, the best and most complete continuum of care is immediately available right on campus.
Q: May I bring my dog and cat?
A: Yes. Many Florida Presbyterian Homes residents have pets. We even have a great dog park. Several staff members and independent residents bring their dogs to visit residents in assisted living and our health center.
Q: Is there a curfew?
A: No. Buildings are always secure, but residents have free and unrestricted access to them. Security teams patrol the campus 24 hours a day.
Q: What if my money runs out?
A: Before an individual enters our retirement home, we look at the person’s health condition and financial situations to help ensure the best plan. Occasionally, a person’s finances run out, but no one has ever been asked to leave Florida Presbyterian Homes when this happened. We maintain a Loving Care Fund to support community residents who need financial assistance in residential housing, apartments and Assisted Living. Residents in the health center may apply for Medicaid assistance. Feel free to ask for more details.
Q: What if I’m not sure if I’m ready to come?
A: Think about it this way. Wouldn’t you like someone else to mow the lawn or fix a leaking faucet? Just call maintenance! What about feeling safe and secure? Florida Presbyterian Homes has staff patrolling the grounds 24 hours a day. When you think about it, how could you not be ready for that kind of secure, carefree living right now?