Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if a family member needs to move to a retirement community?
Sometimes an older person experiences a gradual decline in health or mental awareness that is barely recognized by family members. Sometimes a change comes about suddenly due to an accident, illness or loss of a spouse. Some general indications that a person needs to consider a move include: isolation from friends and family, increased difficulty with daily tasks, decreased alertness or confusion, short term memory problems or increased forgetfulness, poor diet, frequent falls, or problems with taking medication correctly.
At what age should I consider a retirement community?
Deciding to move to a retirement community is a very personal decision. In general, people age 62 and older can move to a retirement community at any time. For the best choice and personal satisfaction, it is wise to plan ahead for the future. It helps to know your options and make your choices before a situation, such as changing health needs, forces you to make a hurried decision. Some people move because they are ready to let someone else take care of time consuming chores like cooking, cleaning and home maintenance. Others choose to move for the security a community setting offers or for the companionship of other older adults. Many people put off the decision because they don't want to deal with the "hassle" of moving. One question to consider is, "Will a move be any easier two, five, or even ten years down the road?" In just about every case, the answer is a definite "no."
What is the difference between Independent Living and Assisted Living?
At University Village, Independent Living includes housekeeping and linen service, activities and transportation if needed. Assisted Living includes all of the above plus personal care services such as medication monitoring or dispensing, assistance with dressing and bathing, bed making, mail delivery, regular visits by nursing staff, reminders and redirection as needed, and help getting to and from meals and activities if needed.
What regulations govern retirement communities?
Each state sets its own guidelines for overseeing Assisted Living communities. These guidelines include staff training and certification and building and fire safety regulations. In 1997, Oklahoma created Assisted Living standards for certification and licensure in our state, all of which University Village meets or exceeds.
How do I pay for retirement care?
More often than not, residents themselves pay the cost of Assisted Living, sometimes with help from family members. Assisted Living fees are usually lower than the cost of home health care or nursing home care. Sometimes an individual may have a long term care insurance policy that may help defray these costs. University Village is a "private pay" community, meaning we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. If a resident is a veteran or a widow of a veteran, they may be eligible for assistance through the government via a program called "Aid and Attendance."
Do you allow pets?
We do allow pets in some areas of University Village. Contact us for breed & size guidelines.
Is smoking allowed?
University Village is a smoke-free community.
Can I bring my own car to University Village?
Of course! We provide complimentary parking for our residents. While many of our residents do continue to drive, we also provide complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation to local area spots.
Contact us here to receive more information and pricing.