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Testimonials

"The Village is a terrific place! It is clean, the rooms are a nice size, the staff is friendly and caring. My mother is safe, no longer wandering, her meds are properly managed and she is eating well with 24/7 support. She is happy there, comfortable with the routine and loves mingling with the other residents and staff as well as participating in some of the activities!"

HeartDenise B.
March 2022

"My parents moved to the Village from another facility. The transition went well, the staff are welcoming and kind, the food is good, and there are many activities for them to choose from. Highly recommend!"

HeartSusan P.
November 2021

"We moved both of my parents to The Village from another facility and are so happy we did. The Village is a family and we have peace of mind knowing they are so well taken care of by people who truly care about them.

All of the staff are great but I have to mention Carol Kolenski, Move In Coordinator. Carol is incredible - professional, responsive and caring. She played a big part in our decision to move our parents after we met her and took a tour. More importantly, my parents both love her. Dad recently mentioned that she adds so much happiness to his day."

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November 2021

"I moved my mother to The Village four months ago.... She is very happy at the Village at White River Junction. She raves about the food and is very happy with the staff. They keep her very busy which she loves. She has gone to restaurants, shopping and even a horse show. They made a big deal of her 95th birthday with a delicious luncheon. The facilities are clean and beautiful and there is always something to do."

HeartSusan F.
July 2021

"Thank you to Jodi and all the Directors/Staff for making my father's transition successful! We had no choice but to move my father during the State COVID mandates. The Village has tremendous protective protocols for residents, staff and building. I don't think twice about my father's safety or care, he is very happy there."

heartMaria A.
July 2021

"I moved my mom here from AZ from a very elite retirement community. We were a bit nervous about the move as the AZ facility was very posh. the AZ rooms and food were fabulous. My father passed so we wanted to move my mom east to be closer to family. We searched all over VT, NH and MA for a place she would be comfortable. Much to my surprise we picked WRJ, VT. That said, my mom is thriving and doing much better than in AZ. She has met very genuine friends.


The nurses and medical providers are super nice and personable. They accept my mom for her attributes as well as limitations. Carol the director of admissions has gone above and beyond to meet our questions and concerns even after we signed the contract. The food is great and WRJ is thriving these days. She can go on trips and out to dinner or stay home and socialize with family and friends. I could not be more thrilled with our choice after weeks of searching and meeting with various providers. I would highly recommend The Village at WRJ."

HeartTina A.
August 2021
"We came from another facility and The Village has been a wonderful change. My Mother is in the memory care unit. The staff is enthusiastic, attentive and joyful and more importantly responsive to families concerns. The facility is beautifully appointed with wonderful amenities that support both residents and families. The activities are both enriching to family members who attend and fun for residents. The food is very good. But the real test is my Mother. She never expressed satisfaction in our prior facility but regularly tells us she is happy here. All the other residents seem happy as well which means they are kind and friendly to one another. I would highly recommend The Village."
HeartSally B.
August 2021
"My husband with dementia moved to Memory Care at The Village two weeks ago. He has been welcomed, as have I, by a warm and caring staff who are friendly and helpful and eager to make the transition from our home to The Village as easy as possible. His living space is lovely, the meals are well prepared and delicious, and he is enjoying getting to know other residents and staff members. As a gregarious, outgoing person who suffered from lack of social contact during the COVID isolation, he is now enjoying a more normal life with interactions with staff and fellow residents. As his full time caregiver for the past 18 months, I am now getting more sleep at night and am comforted knowing he is safe and very well cared for. And, by the way, the Village is an absolutely beautiful nearly new facility with more amenities than you could imagine!"
HeartDonna N.
July 2021
"My Mom has resided at The Village for 2 years and I could not imagine a more perfect place for her to be, as she navigates her way through the many stages and challenges of dementia. The facility is beautiful, the staff is incredibly compassionate and attentive, and most importantly she is happy, safe and secure in “her home”. Her comfortable studio apartment, the exceptional food, daily stimulating and engaging activities, and caring staff make her feel she is where she should be and wants to be. The connection and communication between staff and our family allows us to be contact when we are not able to be with her, in person. And I would be remiss if I did not commend the entire staff on their exceptional perseverance and care during the COVID pandemic. How fortunate we are to have such an exceptionally wonderful place for my Mom to reside."
HeartBobbi D..
July 2021

"My wife and I have lived at the Village at White River Junction for over a year and a half now I have been deeply impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of all the staff, from office to maintenance, nursing, housekeeping, and culinary, for the welfare and comfort of residents. Not withstanding the stresses and strains imposed by the sudden and unexpected spread of COVID-19 in early 2020, and the need for new restrictions and procedures, we were all well looked after and kept both safe as well as comfortable throughout.

Proximity to emergency and health service as well as well as the facilities of the town having a great advantage throughout.

The indoors exercise room, library, music room, and gallery have been popular for all who can make use of them.

With changes in the weather through spring and summer and the opportunities for outdoor activities, we’ve been able to avail of well-planned outings and picnics, open air leisure time in the compact garden, and penthouse terrace. And finally, facilities for receiving guests and family for visits and meals have been a very welcome revival in recent weeks."

HeartJivat T.
July 2021
"There are so many things that we love about The Village at White River Junction; that they are too numerous to mention, but the main thing that we think that everyone should know about is that the staff is exceptional. Everyone greets us with a smile and “hello”. They are terrific. They will do anything for you. The staff is simply wonderful. We appreciate the fact that our privacy and dignity are always honored and respected.

We also enjoy the Smith and Sons kitchen for family gatherings and the cooking demonstrations are one of our favorite activities. We work out in the Latham Gym every day and attend tai-chi classes as well. Sometimes we just like to relax and read in the Landmark Library. The food at The Village at White River Junction is very good with a variety of choices.
We are so content here at The Village!"
HeartEdwin & Doris F.
July 2021

"After my wife passed away, my children and I had a lot of conversations about what would be best for me. I had many options to consider and I decided The Village fit my needs the best. I enjoy my new friendships and my children and friends like coming to visit me here. For me, The Village exceeds expectations."

HeartBob D.
June 2021
"Dear Carol, please forgive me, this letter is long overdue. I have wanted to reach out and thank you and your associates since the day you so warmly welcomed my wife, Gloria, into your family at The Village, White River Junction. You were just what Gloria needed to make her feel comfortable during the move-in transition. Then your staff took over showering Gloria with compassionate care, loving support and genuine affection, making her feel as a loving member of her new large integrated family. I would like to sincerely thank you and your staff for your continued support and care of Gloria. Thanks to all of you I sleep very well knowing she's in your very capable hands."
HeartJoseph R.
October 2020

Glossary of Terms

Accreditation

A seal of approval given by a governing body to a housing and/or service provider. To become accredited, the community or provider must meet specific requirements set by the accreditation entity and is then generally required to undergo a thorough review process by a team of evaluators to ensure certain standards of quality.

Activities of Daily Living

Daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, assistance with medications, and transfers.

Administrator

Generally, a licensed professional who manages the day-to-day operation of a care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is a senior housing option for those who have difficulty living independently or who choose to pursue the stimulating lifestyle offered by The Village. Those who choose this option may need help with activities of daily living, including but not limited to bathing, dressing grooming, eating, housekeeping services and transfers.

Alzheimer’s Disease

A progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several areas of the brain, leading to loss of mental functions such as memory and learning.

Ambulatory

Describes the ability to walk around and move from place to place, not bedridden or hospitalized.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)/Life Plan Community

A community that offers several levels of assistance, including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. These communities usually offer long-term contracts or written agreements between the resident and the community which offer a continuum of housing, services and health care system, usually all on one campus or site.

Dementia

The severe loss of intellectual functions, such as thinking, remembering and reasoning. Dementia is not a disease itself but a group of symptoms that may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Symptoms may include changes in personality, mood and behavior. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or injury, but may be reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression, or hormone and vitamin imbalances.

Durable Power of Attorney

Designates any proficient adult(s) to see to an individual’s affairs should they become either mentally or physically incapacitated. It is imperative to keep good, clear records of such agreements and recommended that you have a lawyer draft any durable power of attorney.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

This act states the requirements that a long-term care policy must follow in order that the premiums paid may be deducted as medical expenses and benefits not paid be considered as taxable income.

Hospice Care

An approach to providing comfort and care at end of life rather than providing heroic lifesaving measures. Hospice care can include medical, counseling, and social services. Most hospice care is in-home, while specialized hospices or hospitals also provide these services.

Living Will

A legal document that states the wishes of an individual who is no longer competent and able to make decisions on his or her own. Living wills address the use of life-saving devices and procedures in the event of a terminal illness or injury.

Long-Term Care

Care given in the form of medical and support services to someone who has lost some or all of his or her capacity to function due to an illness or disability.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Insurance that pays for a succession of care giving services for the elderly or chronically ill. This care may be provided in a community or in an individual’s home with a nurse or aide.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

LPNs are trained to administer technical nursing procedures, as well as provide a range of health care services, such as administration of medication and changing of dressings. One year of post-high school education and passage of a state licensing exam are required.

Managed Care

The partnership of insurance and a health care delivery system. The goal is to coordinate all health care services received to maximize benefits and minimize costs. Managed care plans use their own network of health care providers and a system of prior approval from a primary care doctor to achieve this goal. Providers include: specialists, hospitals skilled nursing facilities, therapists, and home health care agencies.

Medication Management / Medication Administration

Formalized procedure with a written set of rules for the management of self-administered medicine. A program may include management of the timing and dosage for residents in assisted living and could include coordination with a resident’s personal physician.

Nursing Home (Skilled Nursing)

State-licensed facility that provides 24-hour nursing care, room and board, and activities for convalescent residents and those with chronic and/or long-term care illnesses - one step below hospital acute care. Regular medical supervision and rehabilitation therapy are mandated to be available, and nursing homes are eligible to participate in the Medicaid program. May be referred to as a Nursing Facility or Convalescent Home.

Palliative Care

An area of health care that focuses on providing pain relief and preventing chronic suffering for patients. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life in all areas of a patient’s life, including physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.

Registered Nurse (RN)

A Registered Nurse is a nurse who has passed a state board examination and is licensed by a state agency to practice nursing. A minimum of two years of college is required, in addition to passing the state exams. The RN plans for resident care by assessing resident needs, developing and monitoring care plans in conjunction with physicians, as well as executing highly technical, skilled nursing treatments.

Rehabilitation

Therapeutic care for persons requiring intensive physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

Respite Care

Temporary relief from duties for caregivers, ranging from several hours to days. May be provided in-home or in a residential care setting such as an assisted living facility or nursing home.

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits (VA Benefits)

A supplemental income provided by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs available to veterans and their spouses. The veteran must have served at least one day during wartime. Resources: Guide to Using VA Benefits for Assisted Living | VA.gov

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