Frequently Asked Questions
Moving to a retirement community can mean wonderful, exciting changes in your lifestyle. Finding just the right community may take time and raise many questions. To assist you in making this important decision, we’ve addressed some of the most commonly asked questions here. We’ll be glad to personally answer any further questions you have to help you make the move that’s right for you.
Q. Why do people choose to live in a Goodwin House community?
A. For many reasons! Goodwin House Alexandria and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads both attract an interesting mix of individuals. Residents appreciate living among talented, friendly neighbors who share a passion for creative expression, community involvement and cultural delights. They like living close to city attractions, being surrounded by beautiful grounds and enjoying freedom from household maintenance or lawn care. They like having spacious, attractive apartments, choices in dining, social and recreational activities, convenient services on site, the security of excellent lifelong healthcare and an invigorating, inspired lifestyle.
Q. Who owns and manages the Goodwin House communities?
A. Goodwin House is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia. A non-compensated board of trustees composed of local community leaders guides the organization in achieving the Goodwin House mission. Dedicated management teams work closely with residents to continually seek input about how to broaden amenities and services to meet their needs and preferences. We are pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.
Q. Are the Goodwin House communities accredited?
A. Yes. Goodwin House Alexandria and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads each undergo a rigorous review process to maintain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF – CCAC). This voluntary accreditation demonstrates our commitment to meeting national standards of excellence and maintaining communities of the highest quality. Both are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Health. In addition, an updated, detailed disclosure statement is submitted to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Bureau of Insurance each year.
Q. What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
A. A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is a senior-living community where mature adults can enjoy private, maintenance-free residences on an amenity-filled campus and gain the assurance that exceptional healthcare will be available to them through every stage of life—without having to relocate. With one move, you can enhance your financial security and lifestyle flexibility, and you will enjoy yourself. Goodwin House offers several financial options, including a Lifecare plan that will provide assisted living, skilled nursing care and memory support for those with dementia, all without an increase in the monthly fee. We offer options for those with long-term care insurance, as well. Residents also benefit from a healthy focus on wellness and gain access to on-site fitness programs, preventive care and 24-hour emergency response.
Q. What types of residences are available in the Goodwin House communities?
A. Goodwin House has numerous floor plan options. Choose an intimate studio, a spacious one or two bedroom with den apartment or a luxurious suite of three bedrooms plus den. All residences have individually controlled heating and air conditioning, sound-insulated walls and fireproof construction with smoke detectors and sprinklers in each room.
Q. May I personalize my home to suit my preferences?
A. Yes. You may decorate and furnish your apartment in the colors and style that match your tastes.
Q. What kinds of fees do residents pay?
A. There is a one-time entrance fee and then monthly fees. Both fees vary depending on the size of the residence and the financial plan you select. With many different styles and five different financial plans from which to choose, it’s easy to find a residence to match your preferences and budget.
Q. What does the entrance fee cover?
A. All entrance fee options ensure that we can continue to provide high-quality services, amenities and programs to meet resident needs and preferences. These Lifecare fees guarantee residency, use of the common facilities and access to assisted living, intermediate, skilled, memory support and the clinical services provided in the wellness center. Entrance fees vary depending on the specific residence, refund option selected and the inclusion or exclusion of future health care.
Q. What does “Extensive Lifecare” mean?
A. An Extensive Lifecare plan guarantees your access to all healthcare services provided by Goodwin House without an increase in your monthly fees. This greatly reduces concerns about future healthcare costs and can protect your assets from potentially devastating expenses if assisted living or nursing care services are ever needed. A resident agreement clearly defines all services, healthcare and amenities included in your contract. We recommend a review of the contract for more detailed information about how the Extensive Lifecare plans work.
Q. What are the resident agreement options?
A. Three options are available that guarantee Extensive Lifecare without an increase in your monthly fee, regardless of your level of care. These include:
Standard Plan: This is the traditional Lifecare plan in which an entrance fee guarantees that specified healthcare services will be provided with no increase to the monthly fee paid in residential living, regardless of the level of care required. A refund of the entrance fee for individuals moving into Residential Living is based on a declining formula, which is 1% per month for each month of residency if an individual moves out and 4% per month for each month of residency if an individual passes away. The reason for the difference is that if a resident chooses to leave, Goodwin House wants to ensure that funds are available to support that individual in another living arrangement.
Modified Plan: This plan provides an option for individuals who prefer to pay a lower entrance fee. The Modified Plan has a higher monthly fee than the Standard Plan. The refund declines are based on the same formula as the Standard Plan.
50% Refund Option: This option is designed for individuals who prefer to pay a higher entrance fee knowing that 50% of the entrance fee paid will be returned to their estate at their death. The monthly fee is the same as that of the Standard Plan. The refund declines are based on the same formula as the Standard Plan, but the refund will not be less than 50% of the entrance fee paid.
We also offer two options that do not include future healthcare built into the financial plans.
Long-Term Care Option: This option is for residents who have been paying long-term care insurance premiums to cover future health needs. Based on the understanding that many policies require a 90-day waiting period before taking effect, the Goodwin House Long-Term Care Insurance Plan provides 90 days of healthcare coverage in assisted living or the health care center, plus clinical services in the wellness center. After 90 days in assisted living or the health care center, the resident pays a private pay daily rate and works with their long-term care insurance company to obtain reimbursement. This plan has a discounted entrance fee with the same monthly fee in residential living as the Standard Plan. The refund declines are based on the same formula as the Standard Plan.
90% Refundable Option: This option is for residents who either have long-term care insurance or have sufficient assets and income to self-insure for future care needs. Under this plan, the entrance fee is 100% refundable in the first six months and 90% refundable thereafter. This contract does not include Assisted Living or Nursing Care but provides guaranteed access to higher levels of care. The resident is responsible for covering the private daily rate if higher levels of care are necessary. Should a resident not have sufficient funds to support the higher levels of care, the 90% refundable entrance fee would be drawn upon at that time.
A disclosure statement, which includes sample contracts for all options, is available upon request.
Q. Is the monthly fee fixed, or is it subject to change?
A. Monthly fees are reviewed annually and may be adjusted based on current operating costs. Every effort is made to control costs while maintaining the high quality of our services.
Q. What is included in the monthly fee?
A. The monthly fee at the Goodwin House communities lets you enjoy:
• The equivalent of one meal per day in a choice of dining venues, from casual to formal, based on a flexible schedule (a meal credit is provided if a resident is away more than a week)
• All utilities, including basic in-house cable provided by satellite dish
• 24-hour emergency medical alert system in each residence
• Weekly housekeeping and linen service
• Full maintenance of residences, appliances and common areas
• Landscaping and grounds maintenance
• Social, educational, cultural, recreational and special interest programs
• Convenient services and amenities on site
• A continuum of healthcare services
• Free Wi–Fi access
An additional monthly charge is added for a second person occupying the residence.
Q. Are additional services available to residents?
A. Yes. Services and programs available for an additional cost include extra resident meals, guest meals, transportation, beauty/barber shop services, catering for parties and more.
Q. What kinds of amenities and common areas are available to residents?
A. The Goodwin House communities offer a wide range of lovely amenities and related services to make life easy and comfortable, as well as stimulating and fulfilling. Both communities are smoke-free buildings and offer:
• Spectacular views of the Washington, D.C., skyline
• Professionally landscaped grounds with walking paths and resident garden boxes
• Special rooms available for private parties, dinners and other resident functions
• Choice of casual, formal and outdoor dining venues
• Guest rooms for visitors
• Health Club, including a fitness coordinator available for personal training for residents
• Swimming pool and water exercise instructor
• Computer lab with high-speed Internet access
• Woodworking shop
• Art studio and professional art instructor
• Game room
• Full-service bank
• Pharmacy services
• Beauty salon and spa with beauticians, nail technicians and massage therapists
• Chapel, chaplaincy program and interdenominational services
• Residents’ business center
• Library with reference center, considerable large-print book selection, current titles, current periodicals and many books written by Goodwin House residents
• Goodwin House buses for group trips
• Lounge areas, living room with a fireplace and a grand piano
In addition, both Goodwin House communities are conveniently located near metropolitan cultural, entertainment and shopping venues. Goodwin House Alexandria is a short walk across the street from the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College and the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, home to both the Alexandria and Arlington Symphonies. Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads is within walking distance of shopping centers, steps away from public transportation and close to Washington, D.C.
Q. What healthcare services are available?
A. Goodwin House provides a continuum of care, helping residents enhance their fitness, independence and health through all of life’s stages:
• Wellness programs, including exercise classes, dietary and health-related seminars and preventive care services
• Assisted living
• Long- and short-term skilled nursing care
• Memory support for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s
• Assistance with special diets
• Wellness clinic with scheduled nursing office hours
• Assistance with filing health insurance claims
• Social work services
• Recreation therapy
Also available for an additional fee:
• Medicare-certified hospice care
• Home care
• Scheduled physician and outpatient visits
• Physical, occupational and speech therapy with physician’s orders
• Outpatient clinic with internists, psychiatrist, dentist, podiatrist and optometrist
• Transportation for shopping and medical appointments
Q. Are any of the fees considered tax deductible as medical expenses?
A. Yes. A portion of both the entrance fee and the monthly fee is recognized as a prepaid healthcare expense and may be deductible for income tax purposes for all contract options, except for the 90% refundable option. Each year residents receive a letter indicating the portion of their entrance fee and monthly fees paid in that year that qualifies as a medical expense for federal income tax purposes. You should contact your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of these expenses for your particular situation.
Q. Is there a Resident Association?
A. Yes. Both communities have an active Resident Association. In addition to active committee and council activities, residents participate in Board Committees and the presidents of the Residents Councils at both communities attend Board of Trustees meetings.
Q. How do I become a resident?
A. In order to be added to our waiting list, there is a $300 per person nonrefundable application fee, as well as a fully refundable $1,000 wait list deposit.
Q. What is the next step if I’d like to learn more?
A. We invite you to come for a visit! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may still have. Please call to schedule a personalized tour and be our guest for lunch, meet some of the residents and find out all you need to know about Goodwin House. It’s never too early to start planning for your ideal retirement. Why not start today?Goodwin House Alexandria 703-824-1238 Toll-free: 1-888-491-2676 Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads 703-578-7201 Toll-free: 1-866-778-3010