Q. What is The Village at Clark-Lindsey?
A. The Village is an attractive and comfortable residential community located on 28 acres in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area. It is populated by people 62 years of age and older who enjoy the security The Village brings to their individual lifestyles.
Q. Is it a retirement home?
A. Clark-Lindsey is a community that consists of more than 130 private apartments, 16 private villa-style homes, a licensed health care facility, and two Green House small homes, all on one campus. Residents of the Village enjoy private lives as they always have, coming and going when they choose.
Q. Who owns Clark-Lindsey?
A. It is owned by Clark-Lindsey Village, Inc., an Illinois non-profit corporation. There is no connection with any real estate firm, church, health care organization or other corporation or holding company. Since Clark-Lindsey opened in 1978, it has operated continuously. This attests not only to its financial strength and stability, but also to the ability of its management to understand and meet the needs of residents.
Q. What is the Continuing Care concept of Clark-Lindsey?
A. Continuing Care means that Clark-Lindsey will provide housing for its residents as long as they live, even as their financial and health needs change over time. Continuing Care means peace of mind.
Q. Who may apply?
A. Clark-Lindsey is open to all applicants without regard to ethnicity, religion, sex, or national origin who meet the age and financial qualifications. Residents must be at least 62 years of age. However, married couples can qualify as long as one spouse meets the age requirement and the younger spouse is at least 55 years old.
Q. Are meals included in the monthly fee?
A. Meals are provided through our “declining point system.” The standard point plan is included in your monthly service fee, and allocates each resident a set number of points per month to be used at the resident’s discretion. The number of points given to residents through the standard plan each month averages out to enough points for one standard, large dinner meal per day. However, points may be used for a breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks from the bar, or paying for guests at a meal. Up to a set number of unused points rollover into the next month. The declining point system was designed with flexibility in mind.
In addition to the standard point plan, a reduced point plan is available for residents who do not anticipate eating many meals at Clark-Lindsey. This smaller plan provides fewer points per month than the standard point plan, and credits residents a cash amount to their monthly bill.
Q. Is there an apartment cleaning service?
A. The Village housekeeping staff cleans each apartment once every two weeks.
Q. May I bring my car to Clark-Lindsey?
A. Any resident may have a car, and ample parking space is provided. Garages with electronic door openers are available for an additional fee.
Q. Does The Village provide transportation?
A. Our transportation department offers a complimentary chauffeur service to Village residents 7:30am-7:00pm Monday-Friday. Outside these hours, we recommend residents without access to their own transportation take advantage of the discounts offered to individuals over age 65 by local taxi services and our award winning local bus system (there is a bus stop conveniently located on our campus). The Front Desk, open daily until 9:00 pm, is able to assist with such arrangements. Transportation to group outings, such as to Krannert performances, shopping centers, and university lectures, is also available, and coordinated through the Wellness Department.
Q. Must entering residents surrender all their assets to Clark-Lindsey?
A. No. Clark-Lindsey has no interest in controlling personal assets of residents.
Q. What payments are required to reside in a Village apartment?
A. There is a one-time application fee, paid at the time of application, a residency fee, paid when you accept an apartment, and a monthly service fee.
Q. What are the advantages of a residency fee over a monthly rental plan?
A. The residency fee ensures that you will have priority access to the health center and it also provides security in case legitimate but unforeseen financial difficulties arise. Additionally, when compared to monthly rental facilities, the residency fee payment generally allows for a smaller monthly service fee. The residency fee is refundable on a pro-rated basis during the first five years of residency. In other words, if you relinquish an apartment within five years of occupancy, you or your estate will be issued a refund based on the number of months you occupied the apartment. Residents who pay a residency fee are also eligible to receive a monthly Homestead Tax Exemption Credit.
Q. When should I apply for residency?
A. It is entirely your decision. It is not unusual to have a waiting list for apartments. However, the sooner you apply, the more likely it is that the apartment you want will be available when you are ready to take up residency. Keep in mind, too, that you must be capable of meeting residency requirements in order to become a resident, regardless of how long you have been on the waiting list.
Q. What steps does the application process involve?
A. There is no fee to apply. An application for residency, which includes the first two pages of your tax return and an investment balance statement is required. Your name is placed on the waiting list after approval of your application, and a Waiting List Agreement is executed. There are two waiting list options: $1,500 fee for our Standard Waitlist or a $20,000 fee for our Platinum Waitlist, which will be applied to your entrance fee.
Q. Is health care available on the premises?
A. Yes. Around the clock care is available on campus at Meadowbrook Health Center and in our two Green House small homes. Both Meadowbrook and the Green House homes are led by on-staff directors, assisted by local physicians. In conjunction with Meadowbrook Health Center, a full complement of in and outpatient therapy services are available in our onsite Renewal Therapy Center. Village residents have priority access to Meadowbrook, the Green House homes, and Renewal Therapy.
Q. Do Meadowbrook Health Center’s services require extra payments?
A. Care provided in the Health Center, Green House homes, and Renewal Therapy is provided to residents at a per diem fee, billed monthly.
Q. Does Clark-Lindsey provide health care in the Village Apartments?
A. No. However, Meadowbrook Health Center staff provides scheduled routine health service conveniences for Village residents, such as blood pressure screenings and annual flu shots in the Meadowbrook Wellness Nurse’s office.