Lifecare FAQs

Serving the Washington, DC. area: Answers about finances, assisted living, senior health and more

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury is one of the few fully accredited Lifecare communities in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia region. Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions about Lifecare, covering everything from senior health and assisted living to financial issues. We know you’ll have many more questions as you look at your Lifecare community options.

Please call us with your questions at (800) 492-9463 or request more information.

Q: What is Lifecare?

Lifecare is a contract that provides all the services and amenities of independent living, with priority lifetime access to our complete continuum of care: Assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and rehabilitation, all right on our beautiful Northern Virginia campus, in close proximity to Washington, D.C.

Q: Why should I choose Lifecare?

Lifecare is a way to free yourself from the chores and responsibilities of home ownership so you can spend more time enjoying the things you love to do.It’s a way to give your family the reassurance that you’re enjoying life, surrounded by friends and always close to any care you might need. Joining a Lifecare community alleviates the fears of becoming a burden to your children or aging among strangers. It prevents you from having to make a decision about your future under duress, if a health crisis strikes. It protects your assets and reinforces your financial security.In America, more than 2,500 continuing care retirement communities, serving more than 600,000 residents, offer Lifecare.

Q: How does the Lifecare contract work?

With the standard Lifecare contract, you pay an up-front, one-time entrance fee for your residence. Then, you pay monthly maintenance fees for ongoing services, including unlimited use of our health care services.Your monthly fees remain stable and predictable, with minor fluctuations for inflation and operational costs. You do not pay a higher fee if you need a higher level of care (for example, making a transition from independent living to assisted living).Compare Lifecare security to the alternative: paying the rising cost of long-term care as health care needs increase. A Lifecare retirement community provides you with a fulfilling, independent lifestyle, asset preservation for your estate, protection from expensive, pay-as-you-go long-term care, and the security of a full array of health care services, if ever needed.

Q: Will I still need my long-term care insurance?

You may no longer need your long-term care policy, but don’t drop it until you discuss it with our senior living counselors and your financial advisors. Your policy may have benefits you want to keep, even with Lifecare.

Q: What if I run out of money?

In cases of financial hardship, Lifecare residents at Westminster-Canterbury may qualify for the Fellowship Fund, specially created to help them stay in their homes here with priority access to our health care services. Learn more about the Fellowship Fund here.