Glen Meadows Retirement Community

Frequently Asked Questions
About Independent Living

Are pets permitted?
Yes, non-aggressive dogs, cats and birds are welcomed. Any pet-related damage is the responsibility of the resident.
Is there a minimum age for residency?
Yes, residents must be at least 60 years old.
Is smoking permitted?
Presbyterian Senior Living communities are committed to providing a healthy environment for both residents and staff. Residents, employees, visitors, vendors, contractors and volunteers are not permitted to use any tobacco products on our properties. We are pleased to join many other organizations that have taken this step and are reaping the benefits of a healthier environment.
May an overnight guest visit?
Guests are always welcome.
Can I have DIRECTV® or other satellite dish service in Independent Living?
The Residents’ Association has voted not to allow satellite dishes in the community for aesthetic reasons. Basic Comcast Cable is provided to all residents at no additional charge, and there are cable outlets in all units. Residents can upgrade their cable at their own expense.
Are residents in the patio homes permitted to have a garden?
Absolutely! This is encouraged and is a popular resident activity.
How do you assess my ongoing needs?
We meet with each person when he or she joins our community to identify their unique health and wellness needs. We then meet periodically so that we are able to take advantage of every opportunity to promote wellness, safety and as much independence as possible.
What kind of heat is in the Independent Living patio homes and apartments?
Heat pump with electric backup.
Should I have Long Term Care Insurance to move to Glen Meadows?
While not mandatory, Long Term Care Insurance might help to cover the costs of Personal Care and Health Care services. Check the terms of your Long Term Care policy.
As a resident of Glen Meadows’ Independent Living community, what kind of insurance should I have to protect my personal possessions? Renter’s Insurance? What about other insurances?
You need Renter’s Insurance for the amount of your personal property. In addition, you should retain your health, liability, auto, and life insurance, just as though you were living outside of a retirement village
Do I have to be a member of Glen Meadows to be considered for admission to the Assisted Living residence?Do I have to be a member of Glen Meadows to be considered for admission to the Assisted Living residence?
No. Our current residents, however, have priority should they need additional care. Call for availability.
Must I be Presbyterian or a member of a Presbyterian Church to be accepted for admission?
No. As a Presbyterian Senior Living Community, we enjoy the strength and stability of an organization that has served seniors for more than 80 years. Caring for people is not just our job – it’s our calling. It is our policy to admit and treat all residents without regard to race, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sex, religious creed, handicap or disability.
What makes Presbyterian Senior Living Communities different?
Presbyterian Senior Living Communities have the strength of a relatively large organization and the financial resources to provide the security that older adults expect from an organization that promises to be there for as long as needed. Our individual communities, however, offer a range of sizes and reflect our commitment to the personal touch. They are places where the staff can know each resident as an individual, and where residents’ likes and dislikes are recognized and accommodated whenever possible. Being not-for-profit gives our organization the freedom to concentrate on the needs of residents first. While for-profit corporations have the dual responsibility of providing care for residents, as well as satisfying the needs of investors, we can remain more sharply focused on meeting the needs of residents. We believe that the ability to express these higher values also enables us to attract employees and volunteers with similar values.
Do you embrace cultural diversity?

As a faith based organization, Presbyterian Senior Living is founded on the belief that every human being is of infinite worth as a unique creation of God. Based on this premise, Presbyterian Senior Living is committed to fully embracing the diversity of all persons served, so that together, we can foster a culture of inclusion in an environment free of all forms of discrimination where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is to cultivate awareness and understanding of personal differences and biases so that an environment of understanding, acceptance, respect and support is established.

Can I upgrade my appliances, carpet, fixtures, etc.? Can I have my unit painted a different color? Can I add a sunroom, screened porch or cover my deck? If yes, must I contract for the work myself or would it be done through Glen Meadows?
Upgrades, remodeling and additions to residents’ units must be presented in writing to our Executive Director and, if approved, will be at the resident’s expense. Such upgrades will be priced, given to the resident in writing and, upon agreement, will be performed by Glen Meadows. Our Design Specialist will be glad to work with you on any interior upgrades or changes.
Are criminal background checks conducted?
We are committed to the safety of all of our residents. Criminal background checks have historically been routinely conducted for all staff prior to hiring. In addition, criminal background checks are conducted during the application process for independent living residents to identify felony convictions which may interfere with the health, safety and right to peaceful enjoyment of other community residents.
Do you permit hunting and/or heirloom firearms?
Liability is an issue regarding the storing or displaying of weapons on site. Guns and other weapons may NOT be retained or stored on premises. Please consult with the individual community director about the rules and regulations for collector weapons.
Are there additional costs/fees other than the monthly fees, cost to move in and telephone bill? Any hidden fees similar to condo or maintenance fees?
There are no hidden charges. Naturally, if a resident chooses to upgrade appliances, add an extra room or sunroom, paint a room or entire residence or make other interior or exterior changes to the unit, outside normal wear and tear and repair for which Glen Meadows is responsible, the resident would need approval for such changes from our Executive Director and would be billed accordingly.
Is full payment of the residency entrance fee required at the time of move in or can it be done in payments? Is financing available?
10% is required at the time the contract is signed. Balance is due at move in. You may wish to obtain a bridge loan from your bank.
Once a deposit has been made and I am placed on the waiting list, am I allowed to turn down a home that becomes available? Is there a limit to the number of times I can turn down a home without losing my priority on the waiting list?
Yes, you can turn down a home that becomes available. The deposit remains good and can be applied toward the entrance deposit upon signing a contract. You can turn down any unit offered without losing your place on the waiting list.
You offer several refund options. How do they work?
The Resident Investment at Glen Meadows is YOUR investment in your best future. To accommodate residents with varying estate requirements, Glen Meadows offers three different Resident Investment Programs. All plans offer the same level of service and accommodations and differ only in the refund schedule. In all plans, refunds are made after the apartment or patio home is vacated, contracted and paid for by a new resident. In the event of co-residents, refunds are made upon the withdrawal, permanent transfer to another level of care or death of the surviving resident.
Regarding Assisted Living, does Medicare cover some of the cost?
No. Medicare, however, frequently covers skilled nursing care and rehabilitation in our Health Care Center up to 100 days following a three-day qualifying hospital stay. A co-pay is required after 20 days. For more information about Medicare, contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
What happens if you are with us longer than your resources last?
No one has ever been asked to leave the Presbyterian Senior Living system of care because they had outlived their resources. There is, however, an application process, which requires that eligibility for Medical Assistance and other third-party reimbursements be maintained. Divesting assets through gifts, trusts, or in other ways could disqualify you for this assistance or result in a longer time period before which you would qualify. We have an unwavering history of keeping our commitment to the people we serve.
How do you handle refunds when residents leave the community?
Under all entrance fee plans, any refund is payable 60 days after the apartment or patio home has been vacated, the resident has permanently departed from all levels of care in the community and the apartment or patio home has been reoccupied.