Senior Living FAQ
Frequently asked questions
Do you have questions about Pines Village?
Below, we share some frequently asked questions and answers to help you make informed decisions about senior living. If you have more questions, our team will do everything we can to answer your questions and address your concerns. Simply call us at 877-302-5303.
What is FellowshipLife?
FellowshipLife is currently the management service operator of Pines Village that has been serving older adults since 1996 as a non-profit faith-based provider of senior living communities, services and programs in New Jersey. FellowshipLife expects to complete its Affiliation with Pines Village by summer 2023.
Why choose FellowshipLife?
FellowshipLife creates innovative opportunities to enhance the lives of older adults. We provide a personalized approach for senior living communities, senior care, Home Care, Wellness and Medical Services. Each of our Life Plan Communities throughout New Jersey offers a vibrant lifestyle with high-quality dining, amenities and services.
How can FellowshipLife help protect me from the high costs of long-term healthcare?
We have two options that help protect you against the escalating costs of long-term care: Pines Village Life Plan Community and Fellowship Freedom Plans. Whether you want to remain independent in your home or join our vibrant community, both these options offer choices that will reduce your long-term care costs in the future.
How can I be assured that FellowshipLife is financially sound?
FellowshipLife maintains a strong financial position. We do this partially through the diligent oversight of experienced management and committee members, which include the Audit and Financial Committee of the board. Baker Tilly, a top 10 full-service accounting and advisory firm, audits us annually. Fitch, a global leader in credit ratings and research, has consistently assigned a BBB rating with a Positive Outlook. For more information, please view the financial data on our parent site. Additionally, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regulates us.
Pines Village Life Plan Community
What is a Life Plan Community?
A Life Plan Community is another name for a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also known as a CCRC. To meet the needs of this generation, senior living communities have transformed from care providers into vibrant villages offering a range of residential options, along with new opportunities for creative, educational and personal exploration. Pines Village is a convenient, satisfying place to live that brings true security and peace of mind with a full continuum of options on one campus, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Post-Acute Rehabilitation, and wellness services.
What is Independent Living?
Independent Living gives active older adults an opportunity to enjoy their current lifestyle without the burden of home maintenance. At Pines Village, Independent Living residents make the most of this worry-free way of life by tapping into a variety of convenient services and amenities, and forming meaningful connections with people who share their interests and outlook.
What are the financial arrangements for moving into Pines Village?
Pines Village is a Life Plan Community providing services that include active adult living with access to varying levels of supportive care. For Independent Living, there is an entrance fee and a monthly service fee, which vary depending on the size of the residence and number of occupants. We offer both a traditional declining refund contract and a 90% refundable contract. Please make an appointment to learn more details. Call 877-302-5303 or fill out our contact form.
What types of Independent Living residences do you offer?
We offer 13 Independent Living floor plans ranging in size from 494 to 1,150 square feet. Choose from an assortment of residential apartments to suit your needs, from cozy studios to spacious one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, Our Independent Living apartment homes feature updated kitchens and open concept designs, with your choice of options such as a breakfast bar, bonus room, walk-in closets, and an enclosed sun porch or patio.
What kind of support is there to help me sell my home and move into Pines Village?
Pines Village has a team ready to support you in moving to our community. You will have access to a preferred real estate agent program that matches you with a top local agent to help you sell your home quickly. Our move managers can help you coordinate downsizing and moving logistics.
Do Independent Living residents own their home in Pines Village, and do they have to resell the home?
You are not purchasing the home. Your entrance fee is a one-time payment for maintenance-free living, amenities and services, and priority access to future care.
Does Pines Village allow pets?
We welcome pets into our Independent Living family.
Do I have to be affiliated with a specific faith or religion?
Pines Village is a community that celebrates every aspect of life, including spirituality. We warmly welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.
What is the age requirement to move into Pines Village?
The minimum age to move into Pines Village is 62. Pines Village Independent Living is similar to a 55+ community, with more amenities and services to meet your lifestyle. Residents age gracefully in our community due to the benefits of living in a Life Plan Community, with an on-campus continuum of care available if they ever need it.
Do I have to be a resident at Pines Village to take advantage of the on-campus healthcare services?
We accept direct admissions from non-residents to Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Post-Acute Rehabilitation.
What does the monthly service fee include?
Your monthly service fee pays for:
- Your choice of one meal per day plus complimentary daily continental buffet breakfast in our Cranberry Cove café
- Monthly light housekeeping service and weekly linen service
- Convenient laundry facilities
- Water, electricity, heating, and air conditioning
- Property taxes
- Lawn and landscaping services
- Scheduled transportation service
- Access to on-premises Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Care
- Free, convenient parking for you and your guests
- Use of all recreational and community facilities, plus a planned cultural and entertainment program under the supervision of a full-time life enrichment director
- Fitness center led by a trained fitness professional
Can my friends or family dine or stay at Pines Village?
Your guests — children, grandchildren, friends, and relatives are always welcome to visit you in your home. They can also enjoy meals with you in the dining room, sharing the enjoyment of your new community for a charge. A guest room is also available for overnight guests at a nominal fee.
Do I have to be a resident of Pines Village to move into Assisted Living?
We welcome residents from the community at large.
Do you offer Respite Stays at Pines Village?
Yes, we provide Respite Care accommodations for your loved one.
Can I move directly into Assisted Living at Pines Village without paying an Independent Living entrance fee?
Yes. However, there is a nominal community fee for direct move-in to Assisted Living. After that, you’ll pay a monthly service fee.
How is the cost of Assisted Living determined for each resident?
Pines Village takes a personalized approach to Assisted Living, with levels of care based on the changes and needs of each individual. The costs may be higher or lower depending on the level of care a resident needs. The level of care is based on a clinical assessment, which uses a point system to gauge the level of assistance needed.
Does Medicare pay for uncovered Assisted Living costs?
Medicare does not cover room and board costs at Assisted Living at Pines Village. However, Medicare may cover some temporary rehabilitative services, if needed. Long-term care insurance and veterans benefits may provide limited reimbursement.
Is nursing staff available 24/7 for Assisted Living?
Assistance is available any time of the day or night, including 24/7 coverage with a nurse.
What is the neighborhood model of care for Assisted Living?
Each of our Assisted Living suites is part of a neighborhood that features an expansive common area with a dining room for chef-prepared meals. Residents enjoy common spaces that foster deeper connections with others in a warm and inviting atmosphere within each neighborhood.
Can a person move directly into Memory Care at Pines Village without paying an Independent Living entrance fee?
Yes. However, there is a nominal community fee for Memory Care upon move-in. After that, there is a monthly service fee.
Can a Memory Care resident leave the building on their own?
Our Memory Care community is a secured environment with special staffing and programming for those residents who would benefit from activities and support geared toward individuals with memory loss. Family and friends can visit whenever they like, and inform us if they’re taking the resident off-site for any reason.
What is a typical day like for Memory Care residents?
Residents enjoy a full day of programming within a designated neighborhood. Meals are served in their own dining room. When residents participate in entertainment and services elsewhere in the community or off campus, they’re always escorted to these events.
Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for uncovered Memory Care costs?
Medicare does not cover room and board costs at Memory Care at Pines Village. However, Medicare may cover some temporary rehabilitative services, if needed. Long-term care insurance and veterans benefits may provide limited reimbursement.
What kind of staffing does the Memory Care program have?
Our staff includes a licensed practical nurse designated to this neighborhood, as well as certified home health aides, housekeepers, life enrichment coordinators, and dining team members — all working together to provide a safe, comfortable, homelike setting for our residents.
Skilled Nursing and Post-Acute Rehabilitation
Does Pines Village offer long-term Skilled Nursing?
Yes, and Skilled Nursing at Pines Village is available to residents on and off campus.
Is it possible to come to Pines Village for a short-term rehabilitation stay if I’m not a resident of Pines Village?
Yes, we welcome admission directly into our rehabilitation and wellness program. Sub-Acute Rehabilitation at Pines Village is a Medicare-approved stay, provided you meet the requirements of the Medicare A program. We can help you coordinate admission through our admissions director.
Does Pines Village offer physical, occupational and speech therapy services?
Yes, our rehabilitation and wellness program is designed to help individuals recover from an injury and continue to maintain optimal health. This program is available for post-recovery or as part of an ongoing fitness and wellness program.
Does insurance cover outpatient rehabilitation and wellness programs?
We accept Medicare B for covered services or private payments from individuals. We accept most private insurance. Please inquire for details at 877-302-5303.
How often will I receive therapy services?
Every person receives an individualized treatment plan based on their specific rehabilitation needs and input from their doctor.
Home Care Services
Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for Home Care Services?
Our Home Care services are private pay.
Does Fellowship Home Care accept long-term care insurance?
Yes, but you are responsible for paying our invoices upon receipt. As a courtesy, we will submit the appropriate documentation on your behalf, and payments will be sent directly to you unless you choose to assign the benefits to us.
What in-home services are offered?
We are proud to offer an array of care management, personal home care and concierge services. We are available to offer a complimentary assessment to determine the specific services that meet your needs. Learn more about our Home Care Services.
Do you require a minimum number of hours per Home Care visit?
Yes. We require a minimum of 4 hours per visit.
How often am I billed for services?
You will be billed on the 15th of the month for the previous month.
Are you available 24/7 to schedule an assessment to start services?
Yes, we will respond within an hour of your call and schedule the assessment within 24 hours.
When should someone consider hospice services?
When you and a physician have discussed if your loved one is ready to move to comfort care if a cure is no longer an option, it may be time to consider hospice. Our hospice team is ready to help you obtain an improved quality of life and seek comfort. Learn more about our hospice care services.
Does a person have to be homebound to receive hospice services?
Hospice services can be anywhere and anytime as needed. The goal is to remain as independent as possible.
Can a person continue to see their own doctor?
Yes, you may continue to see your own doctors.
Is hospice care a financial burden for the patient or the family?
These services are covered by Medicare Part A, Medicaid, and many private insurance plans.
How does hospice care help?
The goal of hospice is to improve your loved one’s quality of life, and to allow dying to take place naturally and without pain.