We want you to have the information you need to make informed decisions about senior living and your future.

Did you know… ?

  • 70% of people age 65+ will need some form of long-term care. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • 78% of people haven’t communicated their long-term care desires with a spouse or partner, children, or other family members. (Genworth Let’s Talk Survey, March 2015)
  • Older adults report the highest levels of well-being and happiness while socializing, working or volunteering, and exercising. (Findings from the Health & Retirement Study, 2014).
  • 60% of people aged 60+ say they have more things than they need. (National Institute on Aging)

What is a Life Plan Community?

Also known as continuing care retirement communities, Life Plan Communities are senior living communities that provide multiple lifestyle options and choices, generally including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing.

What is Life Care?

Life Care is a term often used to distinguish communities that offer care for life, with virtually no additional increase to monthly fees, when the resident moves from Independent Living into a higher level of care. These types of communities are sometimes referenced as offering Type A or Extensive contracts. By contrast, some Life Plan Communities provide continuing care with a modified or fee-for-service contract, requiring additional fees for living at higher levels of care. The Woodlands is a Type A Life Care community.

What is an entrance fee?

Communities often charge a one-time entrance fee. It’s an upfront sum to help cover community operating expenses and prepay some of the fees that come with offering access to continuing care for life. It also ensures priority access to all levels of health care, in case you ever need such care. At The Woodlands, your entrance fee is based upon the size of residence that you choose and the number of occupants.

How does memory care differ from assisted living?

Patients who are cognitively challenged, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, require more attention and a higher level of security than residents in Assisted Living. Memory Care residences at our health center are carefully designed to ensure that residents feel safe and secure. Our program is structured to build confidence in an environment that promotes choice and celebrates accomplishments through familiar schedules and surroundings.

Quick Links

To learn more about aging, senior living options, or issues important to seniors, start with these helpful websites.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) A nationally recognized educational program for aging adults available at Furman University.

AARP The nation’s leading organization for people age 50 and older.

Administration on Aging Site provides an overview on a variety of topics, programs and services related to aging.

Aging Life Care Association and Caring.com Referral sites to locate geriatric care managers who assess needs, identify and coordinate care resources.

Alzheimer’s Association The world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support. The first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s.

American Geriatrics Society The premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults.

American Heart Association Offers information on heart attacks, strokes and family health.

Arthritis Foundation Provides information on arthritis: types, treatments, coping tips and research information.

BrightFocus Foundation A charitable organization dedicated to funding research on age-related and degenerative diseases, educating the public about these diseases, and providing emergency financial assistance to persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Care Central Site helps family members manage loved ones’ calendars and documents remotely.

Care Pathways Site created and maintained by RNs to provide older adults and their families access to quality health care information, products and services.


FDA Information for Older People Articles, brochures and other publications with information on a wide range of health issues.

Health and Age The Novartis Foundation for Gerontology supports education and innovation in healthy aging, geriatrics and the care of elderly people.

Healthfinder A government website with links to health-related information resources on the Internet.

Medicare Official U.S. government Medicare site.

Medicare Rights Center The largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare.

National Alliance for Caregiving Addresses the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Site developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care needs.

National Institute on Aging The National Institute on Aging leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging to extend the healthy, active years of life.

RetirementHomes.com North America’s largest senior living directory that offers the most up-to-date detailed listing information on many types of senior housing options, covering the continuum of care and beyond.

Where You Live Matters A resource for unbiased, thought-provoking information to help you make smart decisions about senior living for yourself or for a loved one.

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