Frequently Asked Questions
There are many important benefits of living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). In order to fully understand these benefits, it’s important to understand what a CCRC is.
Simply put, a CCRC is a particular type of retirement community that offers several levels of health care on one campus:
- Independent Living for residents who don’t need personal assistance (in some states this is referred to as “Residential Living”).
- Assisted Living for people who require a little help with the activities of daily living (in some states this is referred to as “Residential Living” or “Extended Living”).
- Memory Care (this is sometimes referred to as “Special Care”).
- Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (both short- and long-term) in an on-campus Health Care Center.
- Having several levels of care available on campus is an incredible benefit – it provides you with the security of knowing that if you need Assisted Living, Memory Care, or Skilled Nursing Care at some point in the future, you won’t have to move to another community. Couples find this aspect of CCRC living especially important. Should one spouse need the services provided in another part of campus, the other can easily visit any time of day. This means couples can regularly spend time together socializing, dining, or engaging in activities. And, they know that their loved ones are receiving the services they need to thrive and maintain as much independence as possible.
Residents must be at least 62 years of age and able to live independently.
Some of the amenities include a library, game rooms, an arts room with a kiln, a woodworking shop, a free iPad upon move-in with complimentary tutoring, WiFi, resident business center, computer lab and auditorium. There are also resident vegetable and flower gardens, a sundries store, resale store, beauty salon, on-site banking, putting green, croquet court, walking trails and secret gardens. Click here for additional information about services and amenities.
A deposit of ten percent (10%) of the entrance fee is needed to reserve an apartment home or villa. The balance of the entrance fee is due prior to occupancy.
Eighty percent (80%) of your entrance, or the then published entrance fee, whichever is lower, will be returned to you or your estate upon your move-out. Since opening in 2001, entrance fees have never been lowered.
Since opening in 2001, independent monthly fees have increased an average of 4.4% per year (ranging from 3.75% to 5%). Entrance fees are reviewed annually and adjusted according to market trends.
Mary’s Woods offers apartment homes, custom-designed villas and the new Villa Estates. Apartment homes come in several floor plans with either one or two bedrooms, and include full kitchens, a washer/dryer, air conditioning and ample storage. Villas and Villa Estates feature two or three bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, washer/dryer, private yard, patio or deck and garage.
Yes, other than structural changes. All upgrades need to be approved in advance by Management.
Yes. Pets up to 25 pounds are allowed in the villas and in two of the three apartment buildings. Cats are allowed on all floors of the pet-friendly buildings and dogs and are allowed on the first floors. However, service dogs are allowed on all floors of the pet-friendly buildings.
Yes! Mary’s Woods has two apartments available for guests of residents. Just contact the concierge for availability. Roll-away beds are also available for use. Residents can host parties in their private residence or reserve one of the many Mary’s Woods common areas to accommodate larger groups. Catering services are available to personalize your special occasion. We offer many opportunities to join in on all-inclusive travel for local, regional and international trips. When you travel, just close the door and go…your residence is safe and secure!
Mary’s Woods is situated along the west side of the Willamette River in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Just a mile to charming downtown Lake Oswego, a 20-minute drive to downtown Portland and a 30-minute drive to the Portland Airport. Marylhurst University is adjacent to Mary’s Woods. Towering firs, sequoias and walking trails grace the community campus.
Yes, you can bring your car. We provide one complimentary outdoor parking space per apartment home. We also provide garage parking at a minimal fee. For your convenience, scheduled transportation to physician appointments, shopping and a variety of outings is included in your monthly service fee. Additional transportation services are available at nominal fees. Our fleet consists of three plush, air-conditioned buses and four private cars. We also have an electric vehicle charging station.
Skilled nursing in the Marie Rose Center at Mary’s Woods is certified by Medicare to provide Skilled Rehabilitation Medicare A or Medicare B services if the criteria set by the Center for Medicare Services are met and if this level of care is ordered by a physician.
Long-term care insurance is an additional insurance policy purchased by a resident through a private insurance company. A long-term care policy can be used to help cover the cost of long-term ICF care and, in some cases, assisted living. Mary’s Woods does not bill long-term care insurance directly; however, Mary’s Woods will accommodate residents with necessary information for their reimbursement. You should check with your insurance provider for the specifics of your coverage.
On-site assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing are available in a gracious and nurturing atmosphere. Memory care and assisted living dwellings are private, and most skilled nursing rooms are private.
Fundamental to the formation of Mary’s Woods was SNJM’s need to continue providing healthcare for their elderly Sisters. In return for leasing a portion of the land to Mary’s Woods, the preservation of SNJM-owned land surrounding the community, the integration and remodeling of the historic Provincial House and other considerations, SNJM Sisters are provided healthcare services in up to 33 beds at Mary’s Woods’ Marie Rose Center. Mary’s Woods residents enjoy access to SNJM facilities and surrounding land, use of the chapel and other meeting spaces, parking facilities, the wood shop, land for garden boxes and the various services and classes offered by SNJM Sisters. The Sisters remain active as residents, volunteers and employees of the Mary’s Woods community.
Yes. A person moving into Mary’s Woods may be able to deduct a portion of the entrance fee and monthly service fees paid during that year from his or her income as a medical tax deduction. Consult your tax adviser for more information.