Assured Health Care while Protecting Your Resources

Should your health needs change, Continuing Care at Sunnyside Communities means you can continue to receive the care you need without ever having to say goodbye to home and friends.

Independent living, assisted living and licensed skill nursing care are all available in one great community. Over time, familiarity and friends become ever more important. Continuing Care for life is your assurance that you will never be without both of these important sources of support and encouragement.

Contract Options

Sunnyside Communities provides maximum flexibility to accommodate most any need or situation through the five contract options we offer. All contracts vary per community.

Contract Type I

This is a fee for service contract. Should the resident(s) require care in the Assisted Living and/or Health Care, he/she pays the applicable daily fee for such care. This contract has the lowest entrance fee. The resident(s) is responsible for all costs associated with any assisted living or health care, should such care become necessary. If death or move-out occurs, a declining of the entrance fee is available during the first 50 months of residence regardless of the level of care in which you reside at that time.

Contract Type II

This is a fee for service contract. This contract provides 90 days of care in the Assisted Living and/or Health Care over the life of the contract. Should the resident(s) require such care on a temporary basis, the resident(s) continue to pay the monthly service fee required for the permanent residence during the 90-day benefit period. This contract is especially attractive if the entering resident(s) has an existing long-term care insurance policy. The same refund provision as in the Type I contract is included.

Contract Type III

This is a fee for service contract. This contract is similar to the Type I contract with the exception that a 50% refund of the entrance fee is provided upon death or withdrawal from the community and the release of the residence to Sunnyside. Should the resident(s) require care in the Assisted Living and/or Health Care, he/she pays the applicable daily fee for such care. The resident(s) is responsible for all costs associated with assisted living or health care, should such care be needed. The 50% refund will be payable to the resident(s) only upon move-out from the community or to the resident’s estate at death.

Contract Type IV

This is a fee for service contract. This contract is similar to the Type I contract with the exception that 100% refund of the entrance fee is provided upon death or withdrawal from the community and release of the residence to Sunnyside. Should the resident(s) required care in the Assisted Living and/or Health Care, he/she pays the applicable daily fee for such care. The resident(s) is responsible for all costs associated with any assisted living or health care , should such care become necessary. The 100% refund will be payable to the resident(s) only upon move-out from the community or to the resident’s estate at death.

Contract Type V

This is a Life Care contract. For a couple, if one or both residents need to go to Assisted Living and/or Health Care, the monthly rate for the residence remains the same for the Assisted Living or Health Care residence as it is in the independent residence, with the exception of the additional cost of a three-meal-per-day plan per resident. Residents must medically qualify for the Life Care contract, and certain pre-existing conditions may exclude some individuals from eligibility for this contract option. The same refund provision as in the Type I contract is included.

Our Life Care program at Sunnyside Communities offers a significant financial advantage. By selecting the Life Care option, you pay a one-time Entrance Fee followed thereafter by a Monthly Fee. This provides guaranteed access to all the health care services offered by Sunnyside Communities for life. With Life Care, even if your health status changes and you require additional care, your Monthly Fee stays the same.

The only additional expenses are for additional meals, medications, supplies and other items and services needed for your specific care.

Five-Star Rating System

To establish credibility and reassurance in this important area, the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created a Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare senior living communities more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.

The Nursing Home Compare website now features a quality rating system that gives each “nursing home” a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. Those with 5 stars are considered to have “much above average” quality while those with one star are considered to have quality much below average. There is one Overall 5-star rating for each nursing home, and a separate rating for each of the following three sources of information:

Health Inspections – The health inspection rating contains information from the last 3 years of onsite inspections, including both standard surveys and any complaint surveys. This information is gathered by individuals who go onsite to the nursing home and follow a specific process to determine the extent to which a nursing home has met Medicare’s minimum quality requirements. The most recent survey findings are weighted more than the prior two years. More than 200,000 onsite reviews are used in the health inspection scoring nationally.

Staffing – The staffing rating has information about the number of hours of care on average provided to each resident each day by nursing staff. This rating considers differences in the level of need of care of residents in different nursing homes. For example, a nursing home with residents who had more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff than a nursing home where the resident needs were not as high.

Quality Measures (QMs) – The quality measure rating has information on 9 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents – for example, the prevalence of pressure sores or changes to resident’s mobility.  This information is collected by the nursing home for all residents. The QMs offer information about how well nursing homes are caring for their residents’ physical and clinical needs.  More than 12 million assessments of the conditions of nursing home residents are used in the Five-Star rating system.

Skilled nursing facilities are required to be in compliance with Federal law to receive payment under the Medicare or Medicaid programs. The State has responsibility for certifying a skilled nursing facility’s compliance or noncompliance and licensing its operation. The State’s certification is subject to CMS approval.