Vashon Community Care – Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here we’ll try to answer your most common questions about VCC’s living and care options. If you have additional questions, please call us at (206) 567-4421 or you may inquire via email as well.
While the Island has both traditional and non-traditional health care practitioners, many people choose specialists in Seattle or Tacoma. Family or friends usually provide transportation. ACCESS buses provide door-to-door service for qualified people at a nominal charge. There’s also a bus stop in front of VCC (all Island physician offices are on the bus line or within one block). In an emergency, VCC can provide transportation to appointments.
We offer month-to-month leases for all apartments. If you decide to move, all that’s needed is a 30-day notice to terminate the lease. Another option is our short term stay or respite program which lets you live at VCC in a furnished studio for one week to a few months.
Animals are welcome…there are several cats living at VCC for all to enjoy…and residents are welcome to have their own cat or dog reside with them as long as they can provide for their pet’s needs and the pet isn’t disruptive to others. A copy of your pet’s current vet records and a $500 non-refundable pet fee is required when you move in.
We encourage you to bring in your own furniture and decorate your new home as you’d like. Each apartment is freshly painted prior to renting. If you’d like to use a different color of paint, you are welcome to repaint the apartment. When you move out, we request that the apartment be repainted in a color of VCC’s choosing.
VCC has a sidewalk around the outside of the building that provides a safe one-third mile walking loop. People also enjoy walking and visiting in the gardens or feeding the ducks at the pond on the grounds.
Medicare only covers the costs of skilled nursing care for a brief period of time and only after a qualifying hospital stay. Medicaid, on the other hand, may cover the costs of long-term care, but only after certain income conditions are met and an application to the State has been made. With many of our residents on Medicaid, we work hard to make sure people of all incomes can live here. Our social workers will help you navigate the complex financial issues surrounding a nursing home stay.
Each person’s schedule is of their own making, according to their personal preferences. Some people get up early and start the day with a big breakfast. Others prefer to sleep in and have a light breakfast, read the newspaper or get some exercise, and then have a large lunch. Through our care conference system and close communication with families, residents and staff, we create a daily experience for each person who lives here that closely approximates their lifetime habits or their current choices.
We understand the importance of the dining experience. Our kitchen turns out very flavorful and creative meals on a daily basis. In between scheduled meal times everyone is invited to come to the dining room to enjoy the company of their fellow residents. Or you can choose to stay in your room and be served one or more meals there per day. Snack items are available any hour of the day. Additionally, we have a small private dining room available for a more intimate gathering of family or friends. In nice weather there is a patio with a picnic table so you can enjoy the sun!
Sometimes moving into a nursing home needs to happen quickly. If you need skilled nursing care, but VCC does not have a room available, you can request that your name be added to our waiting list. We will contact you as soon as we can meet your care needs. Of course, if you’re just beginning to think about moving, we encourage you to visit us for a tour and have a discussion about the range of options available to meet your needs at VCC.
Yes, Beardsley Terrace has licensed nurses on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our nurses are skilled in the acute and chronic issues facing seniors and they provide compassionate, comprehensive care to meet each individual’s needs.
At VCC, we integrate all residents into the community and do not have a special “Alzheimer’s” unit or a locked/limited access unit. Our team works with individual residents and their family members to provide a safe environment with a wide variety of monitoring systems to promote autonomy and choice.
VCC has long-standing relationships with Vashon Island physicians. When you move into VCC, you’ll most likely be able to maintain the same physician you have had, and the physician will coordinate your care with our team. If you’re new to Vashon, we can help you establish a doctor-patient relationship with a physician who agrees to meet your care needs at VCC.
We encourage residents and their families to bring mementos and furniture that add the feeling of home in your new environment. Although space restrictions may limit some larger furniture, our staff will work with you to create a space in which you feel comfortable among your treasured belongings.
All rooms have telephone jacks and our social service staff will help get you connected. DSHS provides assistance for those on Medicaid who want a telephone. Should you choose to not have your own phone, we have a portable phone that can be brought to your room when you have a call. You can also receive mail, delivered daily to your room. Best of all, however, are in-person visits from friends and family. We welcome visitors any time of day and will help assure you have privacy during visits, if your wish.
All activities at VCC are open to you during your respite stay. Activities include daily exercise, outings, music performances, sing-a-longs, parties, special events, art classes and projects, movies, discussions and more.