Life Care Frequently Asked Questions

Life Care at its finest. Read below for some of our most frequently asked questions. You may also contact us at anytime for more information or to schedule a private tour.

Q. What exactly is Life Care?
A. Life Care offers a community of housing and health-related services for residents under an agreement effective for the life of the resident. Canterbury Woods Gates Circle is a perfect example of a state-of-the-art Life Care Community.

Q. What is a CCRC?
A. A CCRC, or Continuing Care Retirement Community, provides Life Care to its residents from the time they arrive healthy through their later years when they may require more assistance. Within the community, a CCRC offers a wide variety of activities, services and amenities.

Q. Ultimately, why should I consider living in a CCRC?
A. Living in a CCRC can offer many important lifestyle choices to those looking to reward themselves for a lifetime of working hard and caring for themselves. Residents enjoy as much independence as they had living in their previous homes, and at the same time take full advantage of the rich, full life a community like Canterbury Woods offers.

Q. How do I know if I qualify? If I am healthy, can I still take advantage of Life Care?
A. The best time to enter a Continuing Care Retirement Community is when you are still young and active enough to enjoy everything it offers. You can join the Canterbury Woods Gates Circle community as young as age 62. Life Care encompasses physical, emotional and spiritual care and assistance – no matter what you may face today, tomorrow or 20 years from now. As we age, our needs change. The Life Care you access at Canterbury Woods changes with you.

Q. What exactly is involved in independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing?
A. Independent living is more than just a change of address. It's a lifestyle of greater choices, of coming and going, of dining in or dining out, of visiting and being visited, of keeping busy. We help our residents maintain their independence as long as physically possible. Our comfortable assisted living apartments enable you to live in a private apartment and receive services to help with personal care, daily housekeeping, meals and more. When our residents can no longer function on their own, skilled nursing is provided just minutes away in our top-rated Oxford Village at our sister community, Canterbury Woods, where an experienced, compassionate staff provides around-the-clock treatment in private suites.

Q. What should I look for when considering the Life Care options offered by different communities?
A. Look for experience as a starter. Our sister community, Canterbury Woods was Western New York's first CCRC, with over 10 years of Life Care experience. Next, look for the community's Medicare rating for skilled nursing. Oxford Village in Canterbury Woods is consistently 5-star-rated... the highest offered by Medicare. In addition, Canterbury Woods has earned the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission's (CARF-CCAC) full five-year accreditation recognition for Person Centered Care, Assisted Living and CCRC. This prestigious designation demonstrates that Canterbury Woods is among New York State's very best. Canterbury Woods Gates Circle is committed to maintaining the same exacting standards and dedicated to providing the same quality service.

Q. What is "Person-Centered Care"?
A. The core principles of Person-Centered Care include ensuring individuality, choice, privacy, dignity, respect, independence, a sense of being part of a community and connected to the larger community, and a pleasant home environment in which to live. As a result of our dedication to the core values on which Canterbury Woods was founded, we are recognized as an industry leader in Person-Centered Care.

Q. Can I still see my own team of doctors and medical professionals?
A. Absolutely. We know you may have wonderful relationships with your doctors and their staff and we encourage you to keep them as part of your personal healthcare team.

Q. Are there treatments and assistance for memory care?
A. Canterbury Woods prides itself on our attention to memory care with dignity, caring and dedication to progress. In fact, we've created Butterfly Cove, a carefully researched and developed program for assisting residents who are in various stages of dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

Q. How much does Life Care cost?
A. The investment in Life Care varies. Generally, an up-front deposit plus a one-time Life Care fee guarantees you residency for life, along with a monthly fee. Canterbury Woods Gates Circle offers three different contract arrangements to help ensure that Life Care is affordable and meets your needs.

Q. What are the advantages of this type of financial arrangement?
A. By all measures, living in a CCRC is a wise investment, one that provides security and worry-free living. Residents pay fixed, predictable monthly fees and enjoy financial security, protection from rising healthcare costs, preservation of financial assets, potential tax advantages and permanent care and residency. One monthly fee includes dining service, housekeeping, weekly flat linen service, home/apartment maintenance, scheduled transportation, trash pickup and removal, most utilities, 24-hour security, emergency response system, assisted living and skilled nursing care.

Q. I have a long-term care insurance policy. Is Life Care at Canterbury Woods Gates Circle covered under that?
A. Yes. Some CCRCs offer contract options that take into consideration existing long-term care insurance policies. Canterbury Woods has developed an option that ties in perfectly with existing long-term care insurance benefits.

Q. What makes Canterbury Woods Gates Circle the best choice for an Urban Retirement Living in Western New York?
A. You can be a part of the future of retirement living. Canterbury Woods Gates Circle is a state-of-the-art community set in a true inter-generational neighborhood, on the leading edge of the Buffalo renaissance with access to all the vibrancy and culture that downtown has to offer. We are dedicated to providing exceptional senior living experiences of quality and comfort with security and peace of mind.