Adult Child FAQ

Helping an aging parent or loved one make good decisions about their future can be a daunting task – one for which you may not feel qualified. This Decision Guide is intended to help you analyze the major factors that impact a decision to move to a retirement community – financial security, ongoing healthcare, and overall safety and well-being. The objective is to arrive at a decision that allows your parent or loved one to feel at home – and for you to have peace of mind.

The questions and answers will hopefully provide you with some of the information you need to introduce your parents or loved one to our community.

  1. They say they’re not “ready,”, but I see signs that they are.
  2. How can I be sure Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is right for my parents or loved one?
  3. What can I expect in the way of healthcare?
  4. Should I be concerned about safety and security?
  5. What can I expect from Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in helping my parents to preserve their finances?
  6. When my parent becomes a resident of Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, what will I still need to do?
  7. Contact us

They say they’re not “ready,”, but I see signs that they are.

Often, you’re in the best position to know when a parent or a close loved one is ready to make the move to a senior living community. You see the signs. Maybe Mom is feeling lonely, or Dad has become more forgetful. Meals are more of a problem. Home maintenance is becoming too much of a burden. Worry about safety issues increases.

There are many signs, and they usually become more pronounced over time. Eventually, isolated problems multiply, making daily living more complex and worrisome.

What’s the best solution?

Often, it’s a direct, heart-to-heart talk with a parent or loved one to point out your concerns and discuss possible solutions openly. As with all difficult topics, this is a conversation grounded in love, sensitivity and a genuine concern for your parent’s well-being.

The caring professional staff at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury will be happy to help you and your loved one work through the considerations that often occur when the signs of aging appear.

How can I be sure Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is right for my parents or loved one?

The first thing we recommend is that you visit our retirement community and talk to staff and current residents. This will give you tremendous insight into Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury as a vibrant senior living community and will help create a high level of confidence that our community is indeed the right place for your parents.

What can I expect in the way of healthcare?

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is a licensed continuing care retirement community that offers a full range of health services for senior adults. As part of our continuum of care, we offer a variety of independent residential living choices, the security of quality and caring options for assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care.

Having all of these resources right on our campus enhances our already-stellar reputation for compassionate care. This gives our residents the freedom to shape their own retirement lifestyle with comfort and security.

With Lifecare, your loved one’s resources are protected against the escalating costs of long-term care by providing it at a fixed rate. Even if their health status changes and they require additional care, the monthly fee stays the same, except for the additional cost of meals.

Lifecare provides guaranteed access to health care services in Wappacomo Hall, our assisted living neighborhood and/or to skilled nursing care in the Health Center. It brings peace of mind – knowing that your loved one’s healthcare needs will be met in familiar surroundings by skilled caregivers.

Should I be concerned about safety and security?

No. Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury provides 24-hour security staff and emergency call and response systems. Our residences also include fire and smoke detectors and a central security system to ensure the well-being of every resident.

What can I expect from Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in helping my parents to preserve their finances?

For those of retirement age, preservation of available finances is of utmost importance now more than ever. As a Lifecare community, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury does not raise monthly fees when a resident transitions from independent living to another level of care. Thus residents’ investments are protected from ever-increasing health care costs. Moreover, monthly fees are predictable, as fee increases occur only annually if necessary to meet the cost of living.

Residents have a right to expect that the senior living community they choose as their home is governed and operated in a manner that allows it to remain financially sound and meet its long-term commitments to residents.

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is always willing to provide financial information to allow prospective residents to understand the financial condition of the organization. Examples include audited financial statements, financial forecasts, and information regarding accreditation, debt service and reserves.

At Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, we adhere to established industry standards for full financial disclosure concerning our operations. These Best Practices are established by Leading Age™ and the American Seniors Housing Association.

It is important to us that each resident thoroughly understand our overall financial condition, the specific terms of the agreement for housing, care and other services, as well as our policies governing refund and/or repayment of initial entry fees.

When my parent becomes a resident of Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, what will I still need to do?

Not much more than share your time with them. As a full-service, continuing care senior living community, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury will provide a staff that is trained and prepared to meet most any need. Our approach is to provide everything our residents need while giving them the freedom to enjoy life the way they want it. Life at SVWC for your parent or loved one means peace of mind for you, and quality time and enjoyment spent together.

Contact us

We’re ready to help you as you discuss future living options with your parents. Contact us today at 540-665-5914, and let us give you an opportunity to tour our retirement community, answer all your questions, and introduce you to our best resource of all: people who have already made a decision to live at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury and are very happy with the outcome. We will also be pleased to be your host for a complimentary overnight stay.

It will be our pleasure to assist you and your parent or loved one at this important time in your lives.