Answers to frequently asked questions.

Q: Fountainview at Gonda Westside (FVG) is referred to as a “continuing care retirement community.” What does that mean?

A: A Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, offers continuity of care throughout a member’s lifetime, providing independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. Should a person’s needs change, that member may access the care and services required from one organization. CCRCs are designed to provide a seamless transition from one level of care to another. At FVG, if one spouse needs assisted living or memory care, the member can remain close by in an adjacent area in the same building. The Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) is the sponsoring organization of FVG providing the continuum of care.

Q: What are the benefits of a CCRC over living at home?

A: CCRCs provide a service-rich and socially-beneficial environment which would be difficult to replicate in one’s own home without incurring great expense. Annual surveys conducted of CCRC residents as compared to non-residents show that residents’ satisfaction is higher and they are happier and healthier than seniors who live at home. Studies show that physical, cognitive and social health of seniors benefit from programs offered in the CCRC setting.

Q: What are the fees to live in a CCRC?

A: Most CCRCs require a one-time entrance fee plus monthly fees to cover on-going services such as maintenance, dining, transportation and other services provided. At FVG, the amount of the entrance fee depends on the apartment size and location. Monthly fees also vary depending on the apartment size and number of occupants. The entrance fee, which is 80% refundable, allows the member to live in the community and have priority access to care services if needed.

Q: Is the entrance fee refundable?

A: At FVG, 80% of the entrance fee is returned to the member or that member’s estate upon termination of the contract, either through a voluntary move from the community or death. The refund is made after the apartment is vacated and a new member occupies it. However, should the apartment not be reoccupied, it is LAJH policy not to exceed an 18-month period for the refund. In special circumstances some of the entrance fee refund may be used by the member to cover long-term care costs if the member remains in the community.

Q: Do the monthly fees increase?

A: Typically monthly fees are raised annually to cover increasing actual costs of goods and services, staffing, repairs and maintenance as needed to maintain a safe and desirable living environment.

Q: What do the monthly fees cover at FVG?

A: The monthly fees cover a wide array of services including a dining allowance, scheduled transportation, apartment and building maintenance, housekeeping, security, utilities (excluding telephone), valet parking, use of amenities including a rooftop heated pool and well-equipped fitness center, art studio, social and recreational activities and more.

Q: Do the monthly fees increase if the member moves to a higher level of care?

A: Each member receives, as part of the Residence and Care Agreement, 10 complimentary days each year of care in the skilled nursing facility. If the member needs to move permanently to assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing, the monthly fee for independent living ceases and the member begins paying the established rate for the appropriate level of care. Rates currently range from $339 to $487 per day. Long- term care insurance policies may cover all or part of the cost of long-term care expenses.

Q: If a member has a health incident requiring hospitalization, is it possible to return to one’s apartment afterwards with assisted living services?

A: The member may be able to return to the apartment and LAJH would provide services based on the level of care needed. Payment for those services is separate, or, in some cases Medicare or long-term care insurance may cover some of those services for a period of time. If assisted living services become long- term, the member and his family in consultation with the health services team determine whether to stay in the independent apartment with care or move to assisted living.

Q: What are the admission criteria for an independent member of FVG and who makes the decision?

A: Members must qualify both financially and medically. Certain financial information is required during the application process to ensure members are able to pay for services over their lifetime. Prior to occupancy LAJH will provide the California mandated Physicians Report for completion by one’s primary physician. The Director of Health Services will determine medical qualification for independent living, based on the Physician’s Report and an in-person assessment with the director. In general, if a person is not cognitively impaired and can live independently without care or assistance that person will qualify.

Q: What is the background on the LAJH?

A: FVG is sponsored by The Los Angeles Jewish Home, founded in 1912 and currently the largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles. A financially strong not-for-profit organization, FVG is governed by a volunteer board of local community members, philanthropists and business people deeply dedicated to the organization’s mission and traditions.

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