Is WhiteStone open to everyone or do I need to be a Mason or Eastern Star?
WhiteStone is open to everyone. We honor our fraternal heritage and place a high value on loving kindness and service to others.
What does WhiteStone offer me that I don’t already have now?
When you move to WhiteStone, you enjoy several advantages, including:
- More opportunities. Easy access to activities and amenities gives you the chance to try new things and continue your lifelong passions. You can choose from hundreds of educational and recreational activities, join any number of special interest clubs, attend holiday parties and community barbecues, swim, garden, take exercise and wellness classes, and so much more.
- More ways to stay involved. At WhiteStone, you’ll meet many wonderful people who share your interests. Plus, you’ll find easy ways to share your time and talents. You can join or lead any number of committees and organizations, or start one of your own.
- Easier life. Life is easier at WhiteStone because you have quick access to the essentials – from a hair salon to a convenient shop and business center. What’s more, our staff takes care of the chores, including housekeeping and maintenance, and provides scheduled shuttle service around town.
- More security. At WhiteStone, you never have to worry about who will take care of you in the future. That’s because we offer a variety of services, from in-home care to skilled nursing, provided by highly trained staff who know and care about you. Of course, that means ultimate peace of mind for you and your family.
What is a Life Plan Community?
A Life Plan Community, also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offers a full continuum of care from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing and memory care. Residents can enjoy an active, independent lifestyle, along with greater peace of mind knowing that, whatever the future holds, their health care needs can be met on campus – often at less than market rates.
When is the right time to move to WhiteStone?
Many residents say they wish they’d moved to WhiteStone sooner. They’re surprised at the number of wonderful people they’ve met who’ve become true friends. They no longer have to take care of a house and lawn, so they have more time to take advantage of our many thoughtful activities and amenities. They’ve let go of worries about a future move and relieved their children of having to make decisions on their behalf.
Most important, you cannot predict the future so planning is crucial to make sure you get what you want. With that in mind, consider moving to WhiteStone when you’re able to make the decision for yourself, and before a health problem affects your ability to qualify for residency. WhiteStone residents are also quick to point out that moving when you’re younger makes it easier to acclimate to your new neighborhood and make new friends.
Are pets allowed at WhiteStone?
Yes, we love our four-legged friends! There are number and size restrictions, so please review our pet-friendly policy with a residency counselor.
What does assisted living provide?
Assisted living at WhiteStone offers a supportive and comfortable environment for residents who may need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). The goal of assisted living at WhiteStone is to provide personalized care that promotes independence while ensuring a vibrant lifestyle filled with rewarding experiences and meaningful connections.
Are assisted living expenses tax deductible?
The tax deductibility of assisted living expenses can vary based on individual circumstances. It’s advisable to consult with a tax professional to understand the specific tax implications and whether certain expenses may qualify for deductions. For a Type B contract at WhiteStone, deductibility depends on factors such as your medical condition, the nature of the services provided, and applicable tax regulations.
When to move from independent living to assisted living?
The decision to transition from independent living to assisted living is highly individual and depends on a person’s evolving needs. If daily tasks become challenging and additional support is required to maintain a comfortable and safe lifestyle, it may be an appropriate time to consider assisted living. At WhiteStone, a physician will conduct a comprehensive assessment and keep open communication with residents and family members to help decide if assisted living is the best care option, and subsequently tailor care plans to each resident’s unique needs.
What are the eligibility requirements for assisted living?
Eligibility for assisted living at WhiteStone is often based on an individual’s needs and ability to benefit from the services provided. Assessments by a physician and other health care professionals help determine eligibility and ensure that the level of care aligns with the resident’s requirements. It’s recommended to contact our admissions team for a personalized assessment and information on eligibility criteria.
What are the ADLs?
Activities of daily living (ADLs) refer to the basic self-care tasks that individuals typically perform daily. These activities include bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management, assistance with getting to activities, dining, and additional personal care tasks. In the context of assisted living, understanding each resident’s ability to perform these activities helps tailor the level of support provided, ensuring a holistic approach to care that enhances overall well-being.
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing is for those who need longer-term care delivered around the clock by licensed professionals, including RNs, LPNs and CNAs.
When would someone need long-term skilled nursing care?
Potential candidates include those dealing with an ongoing health condition or disability, chronic or severe pain, a chronic medical condition, permanent disability, or dementia.
What is short-term skilled nursing?
Short-term skilled nursing is for people who aren’t quite ready to return home after discharge from the hospital. Our interdisciplinary team of nurses and therapists can provide the rehabilitative care you need to recover from surgery, injury or serious illness.
Do I have to be a WhiteStone resident to receive rehab at the Care and Wellness Center?
No, anyone can receive rehab at our Care and Wellness Center. However, WhiteStone residents enjoy priority access to our rehab services.
What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. We’ll verify your insurance coverage and explain what’s covered.
What activities are available for memory care residents?
Activities are scheduled according to each resident’s abilities. Generally, activities are designed to help people stay engaged with life and to support their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
What safety measures are in place in memory care?
Resident rooms are equipped with an emergency call system. Staff is on duty 24/7 to monitor and assist residents any time, day or night. Doors lock automatically to keep residents safe.
What is Snoezelen therapy?
Snoezelen therapy is a therapeutic environment that stimulates the senses (hearing, sight, smell, touch) to improve quality of life for people with dementia. It’s been shown to calm aggressive behavior, improve mood and increase awareness.
Who qualifies for assisted living at WhiteStone?
Residents who currently reside in independent living at WhiteStone may qualify for assisted living depending on the additional support they need each day. A physician will also conduct an assessment to determine if moving to a residence in assisted living is the best next step.
Who regulates assisted living communities in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Health Service Regulation monitors mandatory assisted living services and procedures. All assisted living communities must offer 24-hour care and supervision.
Are assisted living expenses tax deductible?
The deductibility of assisted living expenses can vary based on individual circumstances. In the case of WhiteStone, a Type B contract senior living community, whether assisted living expenses are tax deductible depends on factors such as your medical condition, the nature of the services provided, and applicable tax regulations.
To get accurate information tailored to your specific situation, it’s recommended that you discuss this matter directly with the WhiteStone team. They can provide you with insights into the potential tax deductibility of assisted living expenses and guide you through any documentation or processes that might be required.
Tax laws can be complex and subject to change, so it’s always wise to consult with professionals who are knowledgeable about your personal financial situation and the current tax regulations in your jurisdiction. By reaching out to the WhiteStone team, you’ll be able to obtain the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the tax implications of assisted living expenses in your specific case.
What is the philosophy behind assisted living?
Our assisted living philosophy was founded on providing individualized care to meet every unique need while treating residents with dignity, respecting their privacy and freedom of choice, and encouraging participation in community activities and programming.
We welcome residents’ loved ones to be involved in the care planning and decision-making process as well.
What if I need more help than what’s provided by home care services?
At WhiteStone, we offer a continuum of care. Home care services are delivered in your independent living residence. Memory care, long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation therapy are provided in our top-rated Care and Wellness Center.
Does WhiteStone offer assisted living?
We’re building a brand-new assisted living neighborhood. Visit our assisted living page to learn more.