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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Living at Country Meadows

No matter if you just started your search or have narrowed your selection, you likely have questions about senior care or retirement homes. From our experience in helping many families, we have answers to many of those questions. Below are answers to the most FAQs we hear from families:

Is there a difference between a "nursing home" and a "retirement community"?

Though at times used interchangeably, there is a real difference. A "nursing home" casually describes a 24-hour skilled nursing facility for seniors who need constant supervision and medical support. It is typically more hospital-like than a retirement community since the staff administers healthcare assistance. A "retirement community" offers one or more life stage services such as independent living, personal care, memory care or rehabilitation. Residents vary in their assistance levels but do not require full medical attention. Some retirement communities do offer skilled care as part of their services on the same campus but even then, that area of the building or campus is dedicated to 24-hour medical assistance.

Are Assisted Living and Personal Care Communities the same thing?

Depends on the state. In Maryland only Assisted Living is available (as offered at our Frederick, MD community). In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, each has its own licensure requirements: Assisted Living Residences are licensed by the Office of Long-Term Living while Personal Care Homes by the Department of Public Welfare. Essentially they differ in three ways: concept, construction and level of care. An assisted living community can care for a resident longer as he or she ages in place ("concept") before skilled nursing care is necessary. But in order to do so, the community must build out its construction accordingly and have additional staff assistance to provide that higher level of care.

In reality, many larger personal care homes (like Country Meadows) meet most of the assisted living residence requirements but haven't made the switch. Before applying we are awaiting additional state guidelines for we are concerned about the increased costs associated with such services as well as the inevitable increase in service charges required to support them.

What are the costs to live at Country Meadows?

We offer different levels of care, each at different rates to accommodate many needs. We welcome the chance to review what you're looking for to then quote the appropriate level of care. Contact one of our communities any day of the week to review your needs.

Is the cost covered by Medicare?

Costs for living in a retirement community are not covered by Medicare as they are "private pay" (the resident is responsible for payment). For eligible residents* living in a skilled nursing facility, a portion of a care is covered by Medicare A:

  • Days 1-20 at 100% of cost (including medications)
  • Days 21-100 covered after co-payment (Co-payment may be covered by secondary insurance.)

*Based on eligibility. Coverage is not guaranteed.

Is there a buy-in fee?

No—we offer all-rental month-to-month apartments with no buy-in fee.

Can I see a floor plan?

We offer a range of apartment styles in many configurations. We work with families to find the best fit. Contact one of our communities any day of the week to review your preferences and the respective floor plan options.

Can couples with different care needs live together?

Yes—we offer special shared living options, allowing spouses with different care needs to stay together whether it's living independently with your spouse in Assisted Living or Personal Care, supporting a spouse's early-stage memory loss in Assisted Living or Personal Care or staying together in a secure Memory Care neighborhood. Schedule a personalized visit to see the different options yourself.

Can I bring my car?

Certainly. For your added convenience, we offer transportation to shopping, doctors' appointments, churches/synagogues and other destinations.

Do you accept pets?

Not only do we accept them, we welcome them! In fact we have on-campus Pet Care Coordinators to help with your pet caregiving while away on vacation or at any time you need an extra hand. Click here for details on our Pet Care Program.

What do I look for when considering a retirement home?

When evaluating your options, there should be a balance of practical considerations with quality measures. To help, check out these useful tips.

While these are FAQs, you may have other questions more specific to your circumstances. Feel free to contact our team any day of the week—we're here to help you however we can.