Q: Are electric carts and wheelchairs be acceptable to use in the retirement communities and around South Campus?
Yes, all units are wheelchair accessible.
Q: Are residents allowed to do some additional decorating?
Yes, after the contractors are finished and with the approval of Western Home Communities.
Q: Do you accept pets?
Pets are accepted. Resident first needs to request approval from Western Home Communities, and then follow all city ordinances and Western Home Communities’ guidelines for pets.
Q: How are the units insured?
Western Home Communities insures for building loss. Other insurance purchased by the occupant covers personal items.
Q: How are the units purchased?
a. Refundable entrance fee.
b. Leasing option.
Q: How are units protected against fire?
Smoke detectors have been installed in each unit, and Windcove and Windridge each have a sprinkler system throughout. The fire detection system is wired directly to the Cedar Falls Fire Department.
Q: If paramedics are called to what hospital will I be taken?
Its the resident’s choice.
Q: Is there a garage fee?
Yes, it is $35 a month.
Q: Is there a monthly fee?
Yes. The monthly fee includes the following: heat, water, sewer, cable, continental breakfast, evening meal, bi-weekly housekeeping, and flat laundry, scheduled transportation, 24-hour emergency response system, Leisure Services trips, maintenance, snow removal, and lawn care.
Q: Is there a place to garden?
Yes, there are areas designated for flower and garden plots.
Q: Is there an emergency call system in the retirement communities?
Yes, the system is wireless with pendant, bracelet, or pull cord. All residents are able to utilize their emergency call system within their unit.
Q: What are the requirements for admission?
Each residents must complete an admission application that includes financial data and medical history.
Q: What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?
An organization that provides different levels of care to appropriately fit residents’ needs; i.e., Independent, Assisted Living, Nursing Facility.
Q: What is the purpose of the barn? What equipment is provided in the barn wood shop and who can use the barn and the equipment?
The barn has a wood shop, flower shop, and a craft area. Residents provide the equipment. The barn is heated and has priority access to residents of the retirement communities and Windcrest Villas. The barn is also listed on the historical register.
Q: Who owns Western Communities?
It is a stand-alone 501c3 charitable organization held in trust by a local Board of Directors consisting of 11 members.
Q: Who pays the property taxes?
The resident in each unit pays property taxes for that unit.
Q: Who responds to the emergency call system?
Western Home Communities staff will respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.