With an often confusing array of senior living offerings, misinformation abounds. No other senior living option in Lancaster County inspires more rumors than Willow Valley Communities, and the organization is eager to set the record straight.
Myth #1: “Willow Valley Communities is too expensive.”
Because of all it offers, many assume that Willow Valley Communities is out of reach. Those who investigate further are pleasantly surprised. The fact is, Willow Valley Communities’ entrance fees start at under $100,000, with monthly fees, including a generous meal credit, beginning at about $1,800. Nearly anyone who owns a home, and many renters as well, can afford to live at Willow Valley. Additionally, Willow Valley is a Lifecare community, which offers financial protection for the future and a generous medical expense deduction on income taxes.
FACT: Willow Valley Communities offers the best value around.
Myth #2: “I’m not ready to move to a Senior Living Community.”
The “I’m Not Ready” Syndrome is a common one for those considering a move to senior living. Equally common is this lament, once residents move in: “I should have moved here sooner!” This is especially true of Willow Valley, a vibrant, busy 55-plus senior living community with world-class amenities and a younger-than-average entry age compared to the national average (see graph). Willow Valley’s residents express the spirit of Life Lived Forward. A growing number of residents continue their involvement with outside organizations, either with paid work or consulting. The majority are living fuller lives than ever before with travel, volunteerism, continuing education, caring for grandchildren, and pursuing their passions, new and familiar.
FACT: Once prospective residents confront misperceptions about senior living, many find that they are more than “ready.”
Myth #3: “Willow Valley Communities is too far from everything.”
Willow Valley Communities is just three short miles from Penn Square in Downtown Lancaster and all that the city has to offer including entertainment, shopping, dining, history and education. Plus Route 30, Route 283, and other main thoroughfares quickly connect to other parts of Lancaster County.
FACT: Willow Valley Communities is closer than you think.
Myth #4: “Everybody living at Willow Valley Communities is from outside the area.”
Because of its quality and value, Willow Valley Communities does attract residents from across the U.S., but the majority of residents hail from Lancaster County and other parts of Pennsylvania. Lancaster Countians share treasured memories of growing up here, while also meeting new friends and introducing them to the joys of living in Lancaster.
FACT: Willow Valley Communities is home to many people from Lancaster County and beyond.
Myth #5: “All Senior Living Communities are the same.”
Remember when choosing a community that you will be living beyond just your four walls. Willow Valley’s size and structure, with many different neighborhoods on two campuses, creates intimate environments while allowing for many opportunities that smaller communities cannot support. The Cultural Center offers 80,000 square-feet of fitness, aquatics, performing arts space and a Day Spa. The 30,000 square-foot Clubhouse has an outdoor pool and spa, Har-Tru® tennis courts, a six-lane bowling alley, golf simulator, vintage arcade, and a sports and fitness center.
Additionally, while many senior living communities in Lancaster County offer a continuum of care, none offer the full Lifecare program exclusively. Lifecare is an important consideration when choosing a community and can greatly impact your financial future as well as your long-term care costs. Willow Valley’s proven financial strength as an A-rated community by Fitch Ratings also sets it apart, providing security to those who invest their futures with the organization.
FACT: All senior living communities are not the same.
The Bottom Line: The decision to move to a senior living community is an important investment, and it’s imperative that one weighs all the options and find the right fit. People planning for this next wonderful phase of life owe it to themselves to explore before they decide.
by Jennifer Rader, Director of Marketing and Communications at Willow Valley Communities