This Decision Guide is designed to help seniors who are considering a move to Sunnyside Communities analyze their reasons for making this important decision. It is also intended to help you communicate openly with your family and friends. The questions and information below provide a useful way to affirm your decision and to begin discussions with others about your future plans.
Can you give me some background about Sunnyside Communities?
Since 1912, Sunnyside Communities has been setting the standard a full-service retirement living. Today, our professionals draw on a century of senior living experience.
Sunnyside started modestly in Danville, VA, 100 years ago – in 1912 – as a single home with six residents. A group of Presbyterians saw a need to provide a home for aging ladies. Since then, we have been devoted to creating an enriching and nurturing environment that grows with our history and continues to benefit our residents.
Today, with nearly 900 residents spread across three campuses, we are fulfilling the promise of time, building on our knowledge and experience to become one of Virginia’s premier retirement communities.
With three full-service continuing care locations – King’s Grant in Martinsville, Sunnyside in Harrisonburg and Summit Square in Waynesboro – Sunnyside Communities continues to offer residents the opportunity to take charge of their own lifestyle with an ever expanding variety of fun and stimulating daily activities.
What is your approach to meeting the total needs of your residents?
Whether you live in one of our spacious independent living residences, in assisted living, or require the services of health care, you – the resident – are our constant focus.
When needed, our fully trained and caring staff is available 24 hours a day to assist residents with their needs. We call them “the keepers of caring” who lovingly devote their careers and lives to the well-being of our residents.
We continually work with residents, their families and physicians to confirm they are receiving the appropriate level of attention and care. Resident needs are constantly evaluated to ensure they are being addressed at every level – from meal times and venues to social activities and exercise.
Our residents thrive on sprawling, well-maintained campuses where they experience acres of convenience, including banking, fitness center, indoor pool, restaurant, pharmacy, transportation, beauty salon, beautiful chapels and more.
At Sunnyside Communities, our goal is to exceed your expectations in every aspect of life. It’s how we build the trust and confidence that leads to an enriching and stable environment for all our residents.
What are the major reasons for considering a move to Sunnyside Communities?
There are many reasons. First and foremost, Sunnyside Communities is an exceptional home for independent residents who enjoy the social interaction and rich schedule of daily activities. There is always something happening with a complete calendar of activities, events, lectures, recreation, shows, exhibits, and music to inform, educate and entertain you.
Secondly, as a Sunnyside resident, you will receive a contract for lifetime life-care. This contract entitles you to the right to occupy one of our independent living apartments or villas. Should your needs change, Continuing Care means you will never have to say good-bye to home and friends. Independent living, assisted living and nursing care are all available in one great community.
Third, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If a potential resident moves to a Sunnyside community and chooses to withdraw from the community within the first year due to dissatisfaction, they are eligible for a 100% refund of their paid entrance fee.
There are many more reasons to consider a move to Sunnyside Communities. We invite you to tour our campuses and see for yourself. It’s all here for you.
What can I expect from life at Sunnyside Communities?
You can expect to live each day in an engaging and enriching community with an infinite variety of choices designed to awaken your senses, expand your mind, nurture your spirit and stimulate your zest for life.
You’ll experience an active community life with privacy when you want it. You’ll enjoy maintenance-free living surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. There are always plenty of activities to enjoy and dozens of services and amenities on-site to make daily life easier and more enjoyable.
As a resident, you’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals each day and friendship and fun with your fellow residents who become members of your extended family. And then there’s Continuing Care with peace of mind for the future.
Most importantly, at Sunnyside Communities, you will find the opportunity to shape your lifestyle in the way you choose.
A satisfying lifestyle for discriminating tastes doesn’t just happen. Thoughtfully designed surroundings and a professional staff encourage a life-enriching environment.
We nurture spiritual growth, advocate maximum physical wellness, and nourish the need to learn and grow, both emotionally and intellectually. We believe in serving the whole person, including social, cultural and educational opportunities.
How can I help my family understand the reasons for my move?
It goes without saying – moving from your present home to a residential senior community is a big decision. In many ways, it’s a family decision that affects not only you – but your loved ones, too.
That’s why it’s important that your family members are fully on board and support you in the decision you make.
Talk it over with your family. Discuss candidly the primary reasons why you are considering a move (e.g. health concerns, minimizing household chores and home maintenance, opportunities for socializing).
Your transition will be made easier by ensuring your family’s questions are answered, and they are well-informed. When the time is right, offer them a tour of Sunnyside Communities. Let them meet our staff members and residents and hear first-hand how supportive the community is and how satisfied current residents are.
These testimonies will go a long way toward easing your loved ones’ concerns and convincing them you are making the right move.
Above all, remember that your children and other family members love and care about you. Your happiness and well-being are their utmost concerns. When they see you are confident about your future, they will be confident – and supportive, too.
What can I expect in the way of a continuum of care as my health needs change?
Each of the Sunnyside Communities is a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering a full continuum of care, ranging from fully independent units to assistance with personal care in assisted living apartments to long-term care in a skilled nursing facility.
CCRCs offer a tiered approach to the aging process, accommodating residents’ changing needs. Upon entering, healthy adults can reside independently in single-family homes, apartments or condominiums. When assistance with everyday activities becomes necessary, they can move into assisted living or nursing care facilities.
These communities give older adults the option to live in one location for the duration of their life, with much of their future care already figured out. This can provide a great level of comfort to seniors and their loved ones and take much of the stress out of the caregiving relationship.
Types of Contracts
There are three basic types of contracts for CCRCs:
- Life Care or Extended Contract: This is the most expensive option, but offers unlimited assisted living, medical treatment and skilled nursing care without additional charges.
- Modified Contract: This contract offers a set of services provided for a set length of time. When that time is expired, other services can be obtained, but for higher monthly fees.
- Fee-for-Service Contract: The initial enrollment fee may be lower, but assisted living and skilled nursing will be paid for at their market rates.
It is very important to review each option as well as the long-term financial plan to support them. It is also important to know that the community being considered will be financially viable over the long term.
Request a weekend stay at the community to ensure it’s the right choice.
What can I expect from Sunnyside Communities in helping me to preserve my finances?
For those of retirement age, preservation of available finances is of utmost importance now more than ever. Residents have a right to expect that the senior living community they choose as their home is governed and operated in a manner that allows it to remain financially sound and meet its long-term commitments to residents.
Sunnyside Communities is a financially sound, fiscally responsible organization. We adhere to established industry standards for full financial disclosure concerning our operations. These Best Practices are established by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and the American Seniors Housing Association.
It is important to us that each resident thoroughly understand our overall financial condition, the specific terms of the agreement for housing, care and other services, as well as our policies governing refund and/or repayment of initial entry fees.
We’re ready to help you as you discuss future living options with your children or other loved ones.
Contact the Marketing Counselor at one of our communities today. Let us provide you an opportunity to tour the community, answer all your questions, and introduce you to our best resource of all: people who have already made a decision to live at Sunnyside Communities and are very happy with the outcome. We will also be pleased to be your host for a complimentary overnight stay.
New ventures are exciting at any age—we can’t wait to help you get started on yours.