One of the most common concerns about retirement living is the cost. And that’s understandable. You’ve worked hard for your money and you want to protect it. This guide will help you consider the costs associated with retirement living versus staying in your house, as well as the value of a choosing a community. That way, you can make a smart financial plan for your future.
It’s very common to feel a little unsure about senior living. It can feel like a big commitment and a drastic change. Those concerns are exactly why it helps to go on your own fact-finding mission to discover what life is like there and how a community could even enhance your lifestyle. A tour is your opportunity to explore the possibilities that senior living can offer. Just start with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
We’ve prepared a thoughtful guide for you to uncover four reasons why scheduling a tour could be the best next step for you. Simply click the link below to download your copy!
Interested in learning more?
Our upcoming Coffee Talk Tuesday focuses on community tours!
We hope you’ve been able to join us for our weekly Coffee Talk Tuesday events each week. Our topic for March 2 is right on time, with discussions on the importance of touring residential living options, plus a fun virtual tour of 4 of our most popular residence styles at Westminster Village!
Click this link to register for Coffee Talk Tuesdays:
Comparing the value of a retirement community to living at home
Many people assume that aging in place at home will be the most cost-effective option for their retirement years. However, when they begin to look at the details and compare the value of living in a retirement community to the costs associated with remaining in their home, they are often surprised to learn that many retirement communities are more affordable than they originally thought. You may wonder how this is possible. Let’s take a look!
We’ve prepared a thoughtful guide for you to walk through this scenario. Simply click the link below to download your copy!
Westminster Village is pleased to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to residents and team members through our partner pharmacy. Residents and team members will be in the initial distribution group in the CDC phased allocations and among the first in the country to have access to the vaccine once it is available. Specific vaccination distribution and delivery plans, including the prioritization of residents by level of care, will be determined by each state. Click here for the most recent state plan for the rollout of vaccine access.
Westminster Village and other communities managed by Life Care Services are partnering with CVS or Walgreens to provide the vaccine to residents and team members, free of charge. Vaccinations will be carefully administered by a licensed professional at Westminster Village offering the peace of mind that comes with not having to venture out in public to receive the immunization.
Westminster Village is dedicated to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We continue to put residents first by utilizing enhanced infection and disease control protocols, while still providing exceptional experiences for residents.
If you have further questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC website here. Please contact us at (812) 242-4600 or email us at info@WestminsterVillageIN.com for specific information about the vaccination plan at Westminster Village.
To review current FAQs regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine, please click here.
To review information specific to the state of Indiana, please click here.
It’s a Proud Time to Live at Westminster Village
Our management company, Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent living senior living communities two years in a row — and we have you to thank for it. This award demonstrates that residents and their families are receiving the care and service they absolutely deserve.
The award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Independent Living Senior Living Communities encompasses six individual resident-experience factors. We’re excited to say that, not only did Life Care Services win the overall category, but it also ranked highest within each of the six factors:
- Resident activities
- Community staff
- Price paid for services received
- Resident apartment/living unit
- Community building and grounds
“Life Care Services is privileged to serve nearly 40,000 seniors across the nation. We are honored to be ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent senior living communities for two years in a row by J.D. Power,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company of Life Care Services. “This award represents the voice of our residents and is a testament to our commitment to serve the customer first and foremost.
Nelson notes this year’s award is especially meaningful given the unique circumstances of the pandemic. “I’d like to recognize the heroic efforts of our community staff who serve residents each and every day. Their diligence and perseverance provides residents with the best senior living experience possible,” says Nelson.
Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction with a score of 855 in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. The study is based on responses from 4,992 residents, or their decision-maker, living in an independent, assisted-living or memory care community within the previous three years.
What Does This Mean for our Residents?
We are deeply grateful to know that our hard work is valued, and we at Westminster Village want to assure residents, family, friends and staff that we will continue to improve, evolve and innovate to provide the newest offerings to meet the needs of current and future residents.
If you’d like to know more about the way we enrich the lives of our residents, send us a message on our contact page.
Life Care Services received the highest score among independent senior living communities in the J.D. Power 2019-2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study of resident/family member/friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.
Dear Westminster Village community,
As we begin to plan for fall and winter celebrations, Westminster Village has established precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and help keep residents and employees safe. We realize the upcoming weeks are traditionally a time of family gatherings and special events, yet the health and safety of our employees and residents remain our top priority.
Our community continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. We also encourage our employees, residents and their families to follow the additional protocols provided for fall and winter celebrations:
- When possible, host events outdoors instead of indoors.
- Limit the number of invited guests.
- Follow social distancing guidelines.
- Encourage guests to bring their own face mask, hand sanitizer and other supplies.
Of special importance, if you are planning in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering. This will help reduce the risk of exposure.
We realize these are challenging times and appreciate your consideration of these protocols to help keep our residents and their families safe and healthy.
A couple of years ago, perhaps ahead of its time, Westminster Village wholeheartedly embraced new technology with a focus on helping residents stay in touch with the world. So, when the pandemic hit earlier this year, the Life Plan Community serving Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley was ready, committed, and able to make sure seniors could stay connected—virtually.
“We believe retirement is about living the best life possible. Everyone craves connection, even when we’re forced to be apart,” says Kate Webster, Westminster Village Director of Marketing. “So, we’re leveraging technology. You could say we connect through tech to help retirees meet face-to-face with friends, family and neighbors—at least on screen.”
Westminster Village anticipated what experts now confirm. According to one recent Merrill Lynch study, nearly two-thirds (64%) of retirees are interested in home technologies such as video chat and interactive devices to help them connect with family and friends. Reports indicate they’re especially likely to embrace new technology when it simplifies their lives or adds connectedness.
“For us, realization sunk in when we began offering new residents SMART apartment packages two years ago. We found active retirees were carrying smartphones and tablets and wanted, in their own words, to ‘keep up with the times.’ Today’s savvy seniors are comfortable with evolving technology,” Webster explains. “So now, even when residents prefer to spend more time safely in their homes, we’re offering ways to help them tap into the Westminster Village community from the comfort and convenience of their couch.”
Westminster Village offers everything from instructor-led online exercise classes and menu planning discussions with Chef Matt via video to free webinars covering important topics ranging from healthy living to warning signs of Alzheimer’s. But arguably the most popular online feature has become Coffee Talk Tuesdays—open to both residents and the greater community of seniors in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley.
Every Tuesday each month, Westminster Village offers an opportunity to meet virtually with others over a cup of coffee and an interesting, often enlightening, discussion. It’s not unusual to have dozens of people logged on to chat, so an agenda has been established.
▪ 1st Tuesday Each Month: Inside Westminster Village. Employees and residents chat about ways to stay engaged, offering an inside look at community life.
▪ 2nd Tuesday Each Month: Therapy Minutes. Physical therapists present tips and exercises for common aches and pains, plus tips for avoiding common accidents.
▪ 3rd Tuesday Each Month: Back by Popular Demand. Particularly popular previous guests return to offer updates, news and plans for the weeks and months ahead.
▪ 4th Tuesday Each Month: Around the Haute. Special guests from the city stop by virtually to discuss projects and events on the horizon for Terre Haute.
Westminster Village residents and the public are invited to review the schedule of upcoming events and to participate by registering on the website at WestminsterVillageIN.com under the News & Events tab.
“We want to be a resource for all seniors in the area. For us, it’s about keeping residents and older adults fulfilled. We know seniors are coping with a lot right now, and we’re here to help—whether they live at Westminster Village or in the greater community,” Webster explains.
For seniors who may be interested in making a move, Westminster Village wants those individuals to know they’re not alone. Others consider a transition to senior living even now a safe and smart choice. Research proves it.
Case in point: Westminster Village’s management partner, Life Care Services®, sent a survey to more than 21,000 individuals nationwide who were actively considering a move to a senior living community. Nearly two thirds (62%) of individuals surveyed responded the pandemic has had no impact on their desire to move into a senior living community or that the pandemic has actually increased their desire to move. Those who indicate an increased desire suggest they don’t want to be alone in their own homes and/or they want access to the available care and services a community offers.
To show how much Westminster Village cares about helping seniors, the Life Plan Community developed a WVCares savings program. From fee discounts to complimentary downsizing and moving packages, it’s all designed to reduce stress and increase peace of mind.
“Since concerns about COVID-19 arose, we’ve been offering virtual visits to Westminster Village for seniors and families who may be interested in independent living and assisted living as well as rehab services and skilled nursing,” says Webster. “All they have to do is call (812) 242-4600 to schedule an appointment. We can even discuss SMART apartments!”
Make Room for More of the Lifestyle You Want.
Most older adults know a day will come when it’s time to downsize. Some people dread it. Others take it in stride as a necessary step to the lifestyle they want. Whichever way you look at it, downsizing — or rightsizing your life — can tug at your heartstrings and play with your emotions.
To help you get started, we’ve prepared a helpful guide with tips on decluttering your home now so that when you do make a move, there’s less stress and “stuff” to worry about.
Real Stories. Real Support.
After downloading your complimentary decluttering guide, you may find yourself thinking even more about downsizing and a potential move. Great news – we have an outstanding Rightsizing & Moving series with more information on those topics! In this three-part series, we have videos that not only cover auction and clean-out services, as well as how to relax during the packing and moving process, but also first-person recollections of the downsizing and moving process from residents who now call Westminster Village home. Click on any of the links below to enjoy these videos at your leisure.
When you hear the term “senior living community,” what does it mean to you? Think about or write down a few phrases that come to mind. Now…which of those are actually true?
It’s not unusual for people to have misconceptions about what living in a community is like, especially if they haven’t had much experience with one. That’s why we’ve compiled a helpful guide with five of the most common misconceptions, along with some facts that might just change the way you view your retirement living options.
As the nation continues to navigate the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Westminster Village Terre Haute has prioritized the health and well-being of our residents and team members.
With the support of our management company, Life Care Services, we have expanded our infection and disease prevention protocols based upon the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidance for long-term care communities. This includes enhanced cleaning protocols, screening and restrictions for visitors and new residents, social distancing practices and increased training for team members.
And through it all, we have focused on providing the experiences Life Care Services communities are known for. We remain dedicated to serving our seniors, first and foremost.
We recognize the big moments.
Big moments deserve to be recognized, no matter what’s going on outside our doors. That’s why we’re taking time to celebrate the big moments in residents’ lives, like birthdays and anniversaries. While a virtual party can’t replace an in-person gathering, it does remind residents that we can always find ways to celebrate positive moments during this time.
We honor daily routines.
We know residents miss the little moments in the day that bring people together, like morning coffee or cocktail hour. Coffee deliveries and socially distant cocktail carts are just two of the many ways our community ensures residents still get to enjoy these routine-but important-activities.
We appreciate each other’s company.
It’s hard to be apart from friends and family, but technology has given us dozens of ways to turn life’s moments into virtual experiences. We recognize the activities residents typically look forward to and are turning them into virtual or socially-distanced events, providing the opportunity for meaningful connections daily.
We encourage physical and mental wellness.
Staying active – both physically and mentally – is essential to emotional well-being. From streaming exercise classes to virtual live museum tours and updates from local organizations, we are dedicated to helping our residents stay active and connected.
Rest assured, at Westminster Village, Experience is Everything. We remain inspired by the many ways our community team ensures residents feel connected and cared for as we all learn to adjust to this “new normal.”
Community Reopening Update:
Westminster Village will continue to work in partnership with Life Care Services as well as local, state and federal government agencies to prioritize the safety of our residents. Our dining venues are now open for socially-distanced dine-in opportunities. We continue to provide engaging opportunities and activities for our residents. We welcome the opportunity to provide virtual visits to those wanting to connect with a loved one or view more about life at our community. Our ability to support in-person visits will depend upon current state and local guidance. Contact us directly if you are interested in scheduling an experience with our team.