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FAQ's

  1. Is a retirement community right for you?
  2. Will it be hard to meet new people and to fit into established groups?
  3. What is a good age to move in?
  4. How much independence does a resident have?
  5. How do I know if I can afford to live at Independence Hill?
  6. What is included in the monthly fee?
  7. What is the monthly cost?
  8. Are Pets Allowed?
  9. Can I keep my car?
  10. What kind of transportation service does Independence Hill provide?
  11. Is there a hospital and doctors nearby?
  12. What do you offer as far as wellness?
  13. Is there assigned seating in the dining room?
  14. Where can I play golf?
  15. Are religious services provided?
  16. Can I entertain guests in my home?
  17. What if I have over night guests?
  18. What if my health declines and I need more help?
  19. What is the difference between "independent living", "assisted living" and "nursing home"?

 

Is a retirement community right for you?

If you would benefit from:

  • regular exercise programs (sittercize, fitness center, water aerobics, stretch/balance class, toning with weights)
  • more social interaction with others with similar interests
  • not having to do yard work, home maintenance and house cleaning
  • having meals prepared for you and enjoying the company of others at breakfast, lunch or dinner time
  • a full calendar of activities, events and outings
  • transportation to shopping, appointments, airport and errands as well as prescription pick up

Will it be hard to meet new people and to fit into established groups?

Not at all.  Our residents are very friendly and welcoming.  Many will introduce themselves when they see a new face.  Some residents volunteer on the Welcoming Committee and will call new residents to join them for breakfast, lunch or dinner and introduce them to all their friends.  Our Team will also get to know you and your interests and introduce you to people with similar interests.  And you won’t want to miss our monthly Newcomers Social where employees and residents (new and not-so-new) come together to meet and get to know each other.

What is a good age to move in?

Anyone 55 and better is welcomed to become a resident.   The sooner you move in the sooner you will become part of all the activities we offer.   Making the decision to move sooner than later will ensure you will be all settled without the stress of caring for your home should you find yourself unable to do so.  Having peace of mind knowing you and or your spouse will not be left alone should anything happen is certainly a burden lifted.  One of our residents, Mr. Walden, expresses his thoughts on this subject; “Coming to a retirement community was very good for me, as there are so many opportunities to get out, do things and meet friends.  Even if you aren’t outgoing; it will happen.”

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How much independence does a resident have?

Residents have complete freedom to come and go. Their guests are invited to participate in the activities and events they find appealing.

How do I know if I can afford to live at Independence Hill?

Consider the expenses that you currently have on a monthly basis.  Include rent/mortgage, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, subdivision or association fees, utilities, lawn maintenance, exterminating service, trash removal, housekeeping, home repairs, groceries, security systems, gym membership and any other monthly costs that would be eliminated with a move to Independence Hill.  Additional bills our residents may have are Phone, Cable TV and Renters insurance (if they choose to have them).  Our residents have found it to cost the same or sometimes less to live at Independence Hill.  But remember, the friendships you’ll make, the fun you’ll have and the peace of mind you’ll experience are priceless.

What is included in the monthly fee?

Our monthly fee includes two meals per day, housekeeping, linen service, full maintenance, scheduled transportation, all utilities (except phone and cable TV), activities, events, resident concierge services, privileges at The Club at Sonterra and 24 – hour emergency call system. Hugs are unlimited and free!

What is the monthly cost?

With a variety of floor plans ranging from 572 to 1,107 square feet there is a price range and apartment style for everyone.  Contact one of our Lifestyle Specialists to determine which one works best for you.

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Are Pets Allowed?

Independence Hill welcomes your family pet, weighing less than 25 pounds.  As in any community, there are common courtesy guidelines to ensure that a pet does not become a nuisance to others.

Can I keep my car?

Many of our residents still enjoy driving their own cars and we have parking available.  However, if you no longer want the upkeep of a vehicle or are no longer comfortable driving, Independence Hill offers a variety of transportation services.

What kind of transportation service does Independence Hill provide?

There is scheduled transportation to the airport, doctor’s appointments, grocery stores and errand runs as well as special outings.  We have 2 spacious buses and 2 luxury vehicles which are operated by experienced chauffeurs.

Is there a hospital and doctors nearby?

The growing Stone Oak area of San Antonio has become the 2nd medical center in San Antonio, with the Methodist Hospital and North Central Baptist in the neighborhood.  Many doctors and specialists have opened offices in this area.

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What do you offer as far as wellness?

We know that exercise; good nutrition and socialization are the key to good health.  We offer a variety of exercise classes for all levels, dancing, water aerobics, various social events, educational seminars, art classes, grief counseling, spiritual studies, volunteer opportunities as well as nutritionist approved healthy menu choices.

Is there assigned seating in the dining room?

We do not assign seats in our dining room, and residents have the option to sit with whomever they choose. Tables may also be reserved for special occasions or large parties.

Where can I play golf?

As a resident of Independence Hill, you will have country club privileges at The Club at Sonterra, located just minutes from the community.  This includes golf and social privileges at no additional charge. Because of this great perk, our residents choose to play here, however, you are welcome to see the Activities Department for additional golf courses locations nearby.

Are religious services provided?

A non-denominational church service is held at Independence Hill each Sunday and transportation to a variety of other local churches is also available.  Throughout the week there are on-site Chaplin visits, bible studies, rosary and mass offered. 

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Can I entertain guests in my home?

Family and friends are always welcome to visit and to even join us for any of our activities. Invite them to dinner or lunch in our full service dining room or host a private party in our Private Dining Room with outstanding in-house catering available.

What if I have over night guests?

Your guests are welcome to stay in your apartment overnight.  For your convenience, we also have four guest suites available for those visitors wishing to have their own space.  The guest suites are competitively priced, convenient and equipped with a kitchenette, living area and can sleep four comfortably.  Advanced reservations are required.

What if my health declines and I need more help?

Depending on your personal needs, we will do our best to accommodate you or direct you to ensure the best care for your personal situation. If a resident needs a bit more help with daily tasks such as medication assistance and bathing, transferring to our Assisted Living community conveniently located right next door is hassle free.  There is also Respite Care available at the Assisted Living for those times when you may need a little extra care while recovering from a hospital visit. When the situation arises, we are here to help.   

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What is the difference between "independent living", "assisted living" and "nursing home"?

Independent living communities are great for active individuals who do not want the burden of keeping up a home, but desire a community and social setting with seniors of like interests.  An independent living community is ideal for seniors who appreciate their independence, but desire a more convenient life-style.  There are daily activities, dining room, laundry service, fitness, and transportation available if desired.

Assisted living communities provide a more independent atmosphere than a nursing home.  It allows residents the dignity and respect of their independence. While residents may not be able to live by themselves they do not require constant medical care.  It offers a more home-like environment with private apartments where activities are often planned.  Residents have the opportunity to socialize with each other which contributes greatly to their emotional well being.  Among the services offered by an assisted living community are transportation, meals, laundry services and physical activities.  Typically these are private pay.

When daily medical assistance is required a nursing home may be the most appropriate housing option.  They can offer both short-term recovery after a surgery, and long-term care.  A nursing home provides 24 hour nursing care and in many cases rehabilitation services.  Nursing home residents are cared for by licensed and skilled staff.  A nursing home is typical for elderly individuals who do not necessarily need hospitalization but require constant attention.  This may be as a result of chronic medical conditions.  The staff is responsible for administering medication at the right time and attending to general day-to-day living activities.  These include giving a bath, dressing and assistance with personal needs.