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Frequent Questions

Posted: Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Peter Becker Community in

Residential Living

What choices and options does Peter Becker Community offer?

Our community offers two apartment style and two cottage style settings for residents to enjoy all of the amenities and activities both on and off campus:

  • Ridgeview Estates offers 61 apartment homes, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom homes. Ridgeview Estates is located within our original Campus Center.
  • Maplewood Estates includes a variety of spacious one- and two-bedroom homes. Connected to the 120 apartments that make up Maplewood Estates is an amenity rich community center.
  • Woodsedge is a community of 32 cottage style homes located on a single cul-de-sac in clusters of four. Both one-bedroom and two-bedroom cottages are available.
  • Crescent Meadows is a neighborhood of 71 homes. These single and twin homes are located on three lanes in the heart of our community.

Who owns and manages Peter Becker Community?

Peter Becker Community is an independent, nonprofit corporation, related to the Church of the Brethren. The community is guided by a board of directors committed to the service of others, and managed by an administrative staff carefully selected for its expertise and compassion.

What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) provides senior living accommodations, personal care, and nursing care as well as a full range of health care and supportive services on one campus. Residents can maintain an active lifestyle, secure in knowing that they are able to move through a continuum of care depending on their changing health care needs.

Who can be a resident of Peter Becker Community?

Peter Becker Community welcomes individuals who are at least 55 and older and who meet the financial criteria of the application process. Applicants must be able to satisfy the conditions of the residence and care agreement.

May I personalize my home to suit my preferences?

In most cases, residents may customize their home with paint, carpeting and specialty flooring. Curtains, built in bookcases, crown molding, and chair rail may be used to personalize your new home. (Some items may require a charge for materials and labor.)

Do I have to pay an entrance deposit to move in?

At the time of formal application, all applicants pay a one-time application fee of $250 per living accommodation and a fully refundable deposit of $1,000 to reserve a specific cottage or apartment home or to join a wait list. Our wait lists are designed to provide peace of mind for those applicants who may not be ready to move currently, or to reserve a spot when a desired home is not available. Entrance fees vary depending on the size and type of the residential home selected and the choice of entrance fee plans. There are three different plans with varying residual investment values.

What happens to my entrance fee if I leave my apartment or cottage?

In the event that a resident vacates Peter Becker Community, the refundable portion of the entrance fee will be paid to the resident in accordance with community policies and procedures. The refundable portion will be used as a credit toward the cost of care for either personal care or skilled nursing, in the event that a more supportive level of service is required. In the event of a vacancy due to resident’s death, any refundable portion of the entrance fee will be paid to the resident’s estate. Refunds upon death and credits toward the cost of personal care or skilled nursing require the vacating of a residential living home and the removal of all personal belongings. The refundable portion is not accessible for dual occupants if one resident remains in residential living while the other occupies personal care or nursing care.

How are monthly fees determined?

Monthly service fees are based on the type of home selected. We will provide a complete list of pricing and a full selection of floor plans to help you determine which style of home best fits your finances and lifestyle.

Do I need personal health insurance?

Yes. Residents are required to maintain Medicare A, B and D insurance or an equivalent policy approved in writing by Peter Becker Community. In addition, you must maintain at least one Medicare supplemental health insurance policy.

Is there a resident association?

Residential living residents have liaison with administration and the board of directors through a Resident Association.  The Association is self-appointing and meets regularly.

Is there a chaplaincy program?

Yes. Our chaplains provide pastoral care for residents interested in spiritual input and support. Faith and a healthy spiritual life are important values in our community. We welcome residents of all faiths and encourage them to maintain their connection with their current faith communities when possible. We have weekly ecumenical worship services, Bible studies and song services. Chaplains and volunteer pastoral care visitors are also available to provide support and encouragement to our residents.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are permitted to reside with their resident owners in the cottages only. Cottage residents may have either one dog or no more than two indoor cats. Fish and birds are also permitted in the cottage in accordance with the pet policy. Pets are permitted on the campus for visits. There is a one time pet privilege fee payable at occupancy, or when a resident without a pet newly acquires one.

Will there be medical care available to residents?

A full range of health care services, including wellness, rehabilitation services, personal care and skilled nursing, is available. Peter Becker Community residents have priority access to these services. Other services include weekly lab work and dental, podiatry, audiology and optometry services.

Will I be able to keep my independence?

Peter Becker Community is committed to assisting all residents on our campus to maintain the highest attainable level of independence. We encourage freedom of choice and offer supportive services to enable total independence for as long as practical. At Peter Becker Community you will have all the comforts and routines of your own home without the problems of managing one. You can be as involved in life at Peter Becker Community as you wish.