MonteCedro Frequently Asked Questions
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|Q:||What will the lifestyle be like at MonteCedro?|
MonteCedro will offer a whole new world of educational, social and wellness opportunities with the Creative Living lifestyle. Our Life Enrichment professionals will connect you with the many facets of life at our community, from group fitness classes to performances in our auditorium, from lively discussion groups or an art class at Clark’s Studio, to an entire educational Academy at your doorstep.
MonteCedro also offers the Creative Living partnerships, which further enhance our lifestyle with rich, diverse cultural offerings from landmark institutions and other local business leaders. Creative Living is a kaleidoscope of personal enrichment, so come and discover all of the things you’ve always longed to explore and create.
You will enjoy an unregimented lifestyle, free to explore new beginnings, released from the burden of maintaining your own home, living in one of most desirable locations in Los Angeles County. Mo
|Q:||What is a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)?|
A continuing care retirement community provides the assurance that, in addition to independent residential living offering an array of services and amenities designed to keep people independent longer, health care services such as Artful Homecare, Assisted Living and a safe Memory Support neighborhood will be available for you right on campus. When Episcopal Communities & Services signs a continuing care agreement with a resident, it makes a commitment to provide care and services to the resident under the terms of the contract for the remainder of the resident's life.
|Q:||Are Memory Support/Assisted Living and Artful Homecare included in my entrance fee?|
The continuing care agreement provides priority access to MonteCedro residents for services in our on-site Assisted Living or the Memory Support neighborhood, as well as the Artful Homecare program for Aging in Place. Additional fees are charged for á la carte services in your home and assisted living or memory support.
|Q:||Is MonteCedro close to area hospitals and medical offices?|
The closest hospital is Huntington Hospital (Pasadena) and is widely known as one of the area’s finest healthcare facilities and specialty hospitals with the only stroke and trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley. Methodist Hospital, in Arcadia, is also close by and enjoys an excellent reputation. There are several other medical and specialty facilities, such as same-day surgery centers conveniently located in the area.
|Q:||Who will own MonteCedro?|
MonteCedro is a nonprofit, ecumenical community owned and operated by Episcopal Communities & Services, Inc., an established provider of quality care for seniors since 1923.
|Q:||What is the advantage of a nonprofit community?|
A nonprofit community is resident driven rather than profit driven. As a nonprofit community, we are not charged with the task of returning a profit to the investors. Any profits made are reinvested in the community and the services and care provided for the residents.
|Q:||How do I reserve a home at MonteCedro?|
Currently, we are offering prospective residents the opportunity to join our MonteCedro Members Club by making a No RISK fully refundable 10% deposit. The Club will give the members an opportunity to lock in the lowest entrance fee prices to be offered at MonteCedro and select their residence of choice. The balance of the entrance fee (90%) is not due until the community is ready for occupancy which is slated for Winter 2015.
|Q:||What types of residences are being offered at MonteCedro?|
The range of sizes available are one bedroom homes starting at 750 square feet to two bedroom, den, two bath homes as large as 2,100 square feet, so we believe there is something for everyone who might be considering MonteCedro as a future home. Assisted Living and Memory Support neighborhoods offers 20 private studios.
|Q:||Where will I park my car at MonteCedro?|
MonteCedro offers a secure parking area under the large central building, allocating one parking spot per residential apartment, included in the fees. In addition, scheduled transportation is covered in your monthly fee within a 10 mile range.
|Q:||What is covered in the Monthly Fee?|
The monthly fee includes:
- A generous flexible dining credit of $350 per person, per month to be used in your choice of dining venues
- All utilities except personal phone
- Housekeeping twice monthly
- Trash pickup
- Basic cable television
- 24-hour emergency response call system
- Interior and exterior repairs and maintenance
- Scheduled transportation to local medical facilities, worship services, and shopping areas within a 10 mile radius
|Q:||What kind of health and fitness activities will MonteCedro offer?|
We are committed to enhancing the well-being of our residents. Your monthly service fee includes preventative health services such as access to our resident health clinic for blood pressure monitoring, nurse consultation and minor first aid. In addition, we will schedule ongoing health education programs and you will have access to the state of the art fitness center, personal trainer, exercise classes, swimming pool, water aerobics and the Mariposa Spa and Salon.
|Q:||What will the dining service be like at MonteCedro?|
Your monthly fee includes a flexible dining allowance of $350 per person per month. You will have a choice of dining venues. Enjoy fine dining at Marcell’s full service restaurant, a more casual experience at the Off Lake Bistro, or drinks and small plates at Station 8 Cocktail Lounge.
|Q:||Can extra meals be purchased if needed?|
Yes, of course, should you exceed your dining credit any extra charges will appear on your monthly statement. Meals you purchase for your guests will also be handled that way, relieving you of the need to bring cash or credit cards to any of the dining venues.
|Q:||What kinds of security measures are planned for MonteCedro?|
Many precautions will be taken to promote your safety and security. An emergency call device in each residence connects to our 24-hour response system and to the trained personnel who will come to your residence to assist you in emergencies. Security personnel monitor the community's grounds. In addition, security cameras are installed throughout the buildings and grounds. MonteCedro will utilize new technologies to enhance the security of the community and the residents as they become effective and reliable.
|Q:||What are the qualifications for moving to MonteCedro?|
You must be 60 years or older and able to live independently to join the community. You will fill out a confidential application including, a confidential financial application, and have your physician complete a medical report. The completed applications are reviewed, and the evaluation is based on both financial and health factors within the parameters set by the State of California for continuing care retirement communities.
|Q:||Why should I decide now?|
MonteCedro represents a new definition of senior living and a retirement community. This is an important and limited opportunity since we are nearly sold out. People choose MonteCedro now so they can stay in control of their options for their future. We hear from members that they know they want to stay health and are making the decision to move early to have the time to enjoy a more fulfilling and creative lifestyle to support their health and goals. Most people want to make this important decision themselves, and making the decision now relieves your children and their families of the possible burden of having to make these decisions under duress. You've worked hard and planned ahead your whole life – why would you want to wait?
|Q:||Will I still need my health insurance?|
Yes, and as a condition to our Care and Residence Agreement, you must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B, or a substitute, plus a supplemental insurance policy that is accepted by MonteCedro.
|Q:||When will MonteCedro be open?|
MonteCedro began the presale (10% deposit phase), in April 2011. 90% of the residences are now reserved with 10% deposits of the entrance fee for the residence selected. We broke ground in October 2013. Based upon this schedule MonteCedro is planned to open for residents to move into the community Winter 2015.
|Q:||May I retain my family physician?|
Yes, we encourage you to retain your family physician. We will coordinate transportation to your physician’s office on your behalf, if you wish us to do so.