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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Living Care Retirement Community part of a larger chain of communities?

Living Care Retirement Community is not part of a larger chain.  We are a local non-profit, faith-based community located in Yakima, WA only. 

What is the difference between Independent Living apartments and Assisted Living apartments?

Our Independent Living apartments are for seniors who do not require routine personal assistance and care but recognize the benefit and convenience of living in a community.  Retirement community living relieves our residents of the burden of home-maintenance and gives them more time to enjoy family, friends and hobbies. 

Our Assisted Living apartments are for individuals who need some routine personal assistance with normal activities of daily living, but want to maintain as much independence as possible.   Assisted Living residents will have all the same kinds of benefits of Independent Living residents, with the addition of services such as medication management, healthcare monitoring, bathing & grooming assistance and the peace of mind that comes from 24 hour staffing.   

What is the benefit of a continuing care retirement community?   

Living Care is known as a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community), or a Life Plan Community.  This type of community provides multiple levels of care, from independent living all the way to nursing or even hospice care, all on the same campus.  In a CCRC, as your care needs change, you can move from level to level, maintaining continuity and staying within the community you’ve come to love and call home. 

Can I bring my own furnishing to my apartment? 

Living Care apartments come unfurnished.  This is your home and we want it to look and feel like home to you.  Residents are encouraged to bring the furnishings and things they love to make their apartment feel like home.  

What do I have to do to get on the waiting list for an apartment at Living Care?

In order to be placed on the waiting list for an Independent Living or Assisted Living apartment at Living Care Retirement Community you’d fill out a rental application and return it to the appropriate admissions office.  It does not cost anything to be placed on our waiting lists and you are not penalized if you turn down an apartment when we call on you.  On the application for our independent apartments, the application asks which buildings and options (1 bedroom, 2 bedroom) you would like to be considered for.  In order to help you with these selections, we strongly encourage you to come and tour our campus prior to filling out the application, but this is not required. 

Can I bring my pet to Living Care?

We encourage you to have pet visitors, but we do not allow pets to reside in our community.  

Are transportation services available for residents who no longer drive?

Yes!  We have weekly shopping bus shuttles at no cost to our residents.  Independent residents also have access to our courtesy car service Monday through Friday for a small fee.  Residents commonly use our courtesy car service to get to and from doctors’ appointments, salon appointments or to get other shopping done that they missed on regularly scheduled shopping days. 

Does your community have accommodations for out of town guests?

Yes!  We have 3 guest apartments of varying sizes that can be rented for $40 per night by family and friends coming to visit our residents. 

How many meals per day do you provide to residents?

In most of our Independent Apartments the dinner meal is provided in the rent price.  Dinner is served in a dining room within each apartment building.  Our Village Cafe' is open for breakfast and lunch for independent residents who prefer to purchase those meals on occassion.  Our Senior View and Cook apartments are the only apartments that you can rent with no meal plan included in the base rent price, but an optional meal/utility package would provide the dinner meal to residents in Senior View and Cook apartments. 

All meals are included in our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing / Rehab center fees. 

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