Answers to the most frequently asked questions about senior living.
As you begin exploring senior living options, you’re bound to encounter a number of words, phrases and ideas you may not have seen before. That’s perfectly normal. We invite you to ask questions, seek guidance and raise your hand. After all, this is a big decision, and our job is to help you get it right for you and your family.
If you don’t see your question below or need more clarification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Questions about independent living.
What is an independent living community?
An independent living community is the perfect place for active seniors who are able to enjoy an active life and want the total freedom of a carefree retirement lifestyle. Home maintenance and yard work become a thing of the past, and the community provides a wide range of services and amenities—including dining, a full calendar of social opportunities and entertainment, transportation, cleaning, health and wellness activities, security, and more–so residents can truly live the lives they want to live. Read our blog to learn about the five signs that say you should move into independent living.
What’s it like to move into a life plan community?
When you move into your residence at a life plan community, you’ll receive a variety of services such as dining, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, maintenance and security, and have access to a whole array of incredible amenities and social, wellness and educational activities. You’ll live independently and enjoy the lifestyle you create for yourself. But the unique benefit of a life plan community is the access to a continuum of care, if and when it’s needed. For instance, Lake Seminole Square provides access to a full range of care, including assisted living, memory care, short-term rehab, and long-term care. Transitioning among these levels of care is simple and seamless, and you’ll always have the peace of mind knowing that you’ll be receiving care surrounded by friends and staff who know you. If you’re wondering when you should move into independent living, read our blog.
How much does it cost to live in a retirement community?
Costs can vary widely depending on the community and the services offered.
A life care community (like Lake Seminole Square) typically offers a residency agreement with a one-time entrance fee along with a monthly payment that covers the services provided. The entrance fee and monthly fee will vary depending on the size of the residence and the number of occupants. When needs change, care is provided from people you already know and trust. In addition to an entrance fee, a monthly fee covers community maintenance, dining programs, and access to all the services and amenities of the community. Refundability of your entrance fee will vary by residency agreement selected.
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What does the monthly service fee cover?
The monthly fee covers maintenance, property taxes, utilities, dining plan, fitness, beautifully maintained campus, and dozens of other services and amenities.
Why do I need Lifecare?
Our Life Care contract offers a way to pay for long-term care expenses that makes them more predictable — saving you tens of thousands of dollars over other long-term care options. When you consider that the Department of Health and Human Services says 7 out of 10 adults will need long-term care at some point, for an average of 3 years, Life Care can be a financial lifesaver!
What events and activities are available?
Boat tours, weekly happy hour with live entertainment, worship service, putting green, cardio drumming, yoga, tai chi, one tank day trips, line dancing, 45+ clubs including Shakespeare and improv comedy. Check out our events here!
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY.
What is your pet policy?
Our community is pet friendly! While certain exceptions may apply, residents are allowed one animal up to 25 pounds.
How do I get on the waitlist?
Do you have clubs and organizations?
Whether you choose an activity from the robust community calendar or do something on your own, there are plenty of ways to get to know your neighbors and stay as busy or relaxed as you like.
We have 45+ interest groups and clubs, check out our activities page for more details!
How close are you to an airport?
We are just a short 35 minutes away from Tampa international airport.
Do you have transportation?
Regularly scheduled weekly shopping trips and car service to any appointment in our county.
Will I have access to a library?
Yes, we have a large onsite library.
How does the meal plan work?
An innovative dining program is part of your monthly plan. Enjoy a variety of fresh, healthy, chef-prepared dishes in any of our seven dining venues. From classic cuisine in our formal dining room to casual fare in the Lakeside Bistro, we cater to all tastes
What are nearby places of worship?
There are multiple places of worship within 5 miles of our community. There is a worship service on site every Sunday at 10:30am.
What kind of amenities do you provide?
We offer transportation, housekeeping, linen service, valet service, a temperature-controlled indoor pool, and lots more. Take a look at all of the services and amenities we offer.
Is your community secure?
The safety and security of our residents is our utmost concern. Lake Seminole Square is located on a completely fenced property with one entrance, we have 24 hour security personnel and security cameras.
Who do I talk to about pricing?
What is the age requirement?
Our age requirement is 55+.
When was the community established?
Proudly serving seniors for over 25 years. Lake Seminole Square opened in 1990.
Answers to help you better understand assisted living.
What type of help is typically provided for residents in assisted living?
In an assisted living community, residents get help with some of the basic activities of daily living. These often include assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management and personal maintenance. The specific assistance provided in an assisted living facility is determined by a personal services assessment in order to understand needs. The goal of assisted living is to allow residents to enjoy their lives with just the right help while living as independently as possible. If this sounds like the type of senior care your parent may need, but are finding it difficult to talk with them about moving into assisted living, check out our blog. Or, learn how seniors pay for assisted living.
What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?
Assisted living gives you the helping hand you need to keep active, stay engaged, and pursue your passions. You’ll live in a beautifully appointed apartment home and receive assistance with the basic activities of daily living, tailored to your specific needs, such as help with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management, and personal maintenance. Nursing homes, on the other hand, are for those with chronic medical conditions or disabilities, or those in chronic pain, who require round-the-clock care and supervision by licensed skilled nursing professionals.
Can I bring my own furniture to Assisted Living?
Yes! Read more about bringing your furniture to an assisted living facility on our blog. You can also check out how to downsize to an assisted living apartment.