Making the decision to move into an assisted living community is never an easy task, and many questions often arise during the process.
We invite you to read our FAQ page to help answer any questions you may have.
How do I become a resident of Grand Oaks of Okeechobee?
- Take a tour of the community.
- Pay the one-time, non-refundable suite reservation fee to hold a room for up to 30 days.
- Visit your primary care physician for a complete health assessment. If you do not have a primary care physician, one of our visiting physicians can perform an assessment for you.
- A Grand Oaks of Okeechobee employee will then schedule an appointment with one of our nursing professionals to determine a specified level of care. (If there is a need for a higher level of care, the price will be an additional cost added to the base apartment rate.)
- An appointment is then made to complete the paperwork necessary to move in. Future residents will set up a date and time to complete this paperwork prior to their actual move-in date.
- The residency agreement is set up using an ACH automatic debit system.
Yes, absolutely. Our independent residents enjoy leaving our community to visit friends and family, go shopping, eat at local restaurants, attend church services and more before returning at their leisure.
Medicare will not cover assisted living costs at any assisted living facility. However, we do accept Medicaid on a limited basis. For more information, contact us at 863-824-6770.
Our residents are billed on a month-to-month basis.
We offer year-long leases; however, residents may terminate their lease as long as they provide the community administrator with a 30-day written notice prior to moving out.
No, the listed apartment price is a base rate. The level of care price is an additional cost added to the base apartment rate and is subject to change depending on a resident’s state of health. If our staff members notice a change in a resident’s ADLs, the resident may need more intensive care which may raise the monthly price.
Yes, we require a one-time, non-refundable suite reservation fee to hold a room for up to 30 days.
Before beginning their stay with us, residents are assessed to determine their specific needs. The assessment grades residents on activities of daily living (ADLs).
For future residents, the assessment can be done before a commitment is made to ensure residents and their families understand the costs associated with their required level of care. This assessment will be completed by the Grand Oaks of Okeechobee administrator and our nurse manager. Current residents will be reassessed if staff notices a decline in ADL’s or a change in their condition. This exam will be done at no extra charge by our nursing staff.
We are owned and operated by the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, an agency that has provided award-winning healthcare in Florida for over 40 years.
Paying out-of-pocket – The majority of our residents pay out-of-pocket, either partly or entirely.
Paying with Medicaid – Medicare will not cover assisted living costs at any assisted living facility. However, we do accept Medicaid on a limited basis. For more information, contact our administrator, Randy Kelly, at 863-692-7222.
Paying with long term care insurance – A resident’s ability to pay with long term care insurance depends on the policy. Some policies only cover nursing home costs while others cover both nursing home and assisted living costs. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for the most accurate information regarding your long-term insurance policy.
For more information on long-term care insurance policies, visit https://www.360financialliteracy.org/Topics/Insurance/Long-term-Care-Insurance/Understanding-long-term-care-insurance.
Paying via veteran’s benefits – the Aid and Attendance benefit is designed to help veterans who are unable to perform ADLs such as eating, bathing, driving, etc. without assistance. The benefit is tax-free and is available to veterans aged 65 and older and their surviving spouses.
To see if you qualify for Aid and Attendance, please call us at 863-824-6770.
For more information on Aid and Attendance, visit https://www.americanveteransaid.com/landing/lp_2/aid_and_attendance_2.html
We accept monthly payments via ACH, an automatic debit system that is set up when a resident begins their stay with us.