Frequently Asked Questions, and Answers
We understand choosing a senior living community is a big decision. We want to be a helpful resource, wherever you are on your senior living journey. To guide you, we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our community. Of course, we’re always available to answer your questions — call us anytime at 913-712-0966.
Do I have to be Jewish to live at Village Shalom?
Not at all. We welcome residents of all faiths and backgrounds to our community. We offer traditional and liberal Jewish services on campus, as well as monthly Catholic and Protestant services. We also provide transportation to local houses of worship each weekend.
What is an entrance fee?
It’s an upfront sum to help cover community operating expenses and ensure you have priority access to higher levels of health care, in case you ever need it. Your entrance fee is based on the size of residence you choose and the number of occupants.
What’s included in the monthly fee?
The independent living monthly service fees vary based on the size of your residence and the number of occupants. This comprehensive fee covers a variety of services and amenities, including your meal plan, maintenance, housekeeping, utilities, scheduled transportation, concierge services, fitness center, activities and events, and much more.
What is your pet policy?
Pets are permitted in all independent living residences at Village Shalom. When you visit, please speak with a team member to find out more about our pet-friendly senior living.
Does Village Shalom provide transportation?
Yes, we provide both scheduled and unscheduled transportation. We have two full-time drivers along with a 24-passenger bus and an eight-passenger van, both of which are wheelchair accessible. This allows for transportation for both activities and medical appointments.
Can I keep kosher if I move to Village Shalom?
Yes, we offer kosher options for every meal of the day from our Vaad-supervised kosher kitchen. Kosher meals are available in Rachel’s Café and the dining room, and can be delivered to independent living residents.
How is a level of care determined?
At the time of move-in, the director of assisted living completes an assessment on each new resident, which is updated as needed. The assessment determines the resident’s all-inclusive level of care, so you will always know what your monthly charges will be.
Are you Medicare/Medicaid certified?
Assisted living on the Village Shalom campus is private pay; however, there are some additional payment options available to residents. Long-term care insurance as well as veterans benefits can provide you or your loved one with a significant reduction in your monthly fees. Village Shalom is Medicare/Medicaid certified in our skilled nursing areas.
What type of caregivers does Village Shalom provide in assisted living?
All staff members at our assisted living facility are certified or licensed by the state of Kansas. Through our staff development department, Village Shalom offers and encourages all staff to be first-aid and CPR certified.
Does Village Shalom offer therapy services in assisted living?
While you’re a resident at Village Shalom, you may receive treatment from our therapy department with a doctor’s order. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are all available on campus either in your apartment or at the Wang Rehabilitation Center. Aquatic therapy is available in the Spa & Wellness Center.
How does memory care differ from assisted living?
Patients who are cognitively challenged, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, require more attention and a higher level of security than residents in assisted living. The memory care neighborhood at Village Shalom is carefully designed to ensure residents feel safe and secure. Our program is structured to build confidence in an environment that promotes choice and celebrates accomplishments through familiar schedules and surroundings.
What is skilled nursing care?
Short- or long-term skilled care by trained professionals is often called for after an illness or injury. Some conditions that may require skilled nursing for seniors include:
- Cardiac failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Congestive heart failure
- Fall-related injury
- Hip or bone fracture
- Orthopedic surgery
- Parkinson’s disease
There’s a lot to learn about our continuing care retirement community. Feel free to use the contact form to ask for more information or to request a personal appointment.