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What is Spring Harbor?

Spring Harbor is southwest Georgia’s first Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), developed and sponsored by Columbus Regional Health. This is a not-for-profit community governed by a Board of Directors comprised of local business and civic leaders. The community is located on approximately 40 acres in Green Island Hills, at the intersection of Green Island Drive and River Road, near Double Churches Road. Spring Harbor consists of 36 two- and three-bedroom Garden Villas and 160 Apartment Homes. The Spring Harbor community commons features a host of special amenities including dining rooms, activity spaces, a Wellness Center and Preventive Care Center offering an indoor pool, hydro-therapy area, exercise facilities and professional staffing. Additionally, the community will offer a state-of-the-art Nursing Care Center, Personal Care Home and Alzheimer’s Care Center as part of its excellence in health care. Spring Harbor provides a neighborhood setting with an emphasis on continued independent living and living an active life through retirement. Should your needs change, you have a lifetime assurance of quality healthcare.

 

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What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community offers the opportunity to anyone 62 years old or above to live in a residential community designed for people seeking an active, independent lifestyle. It also provides the added security of on-site, quality short-term and long-term healthcare and services should you require it. You can transfer to the Skilled Nursing or Alzheimer’s levels of care at no additional charge and still remain in the community in which you’re accustomed to living. If you share a double occupancy Apartment Home or Garden Villa and one occupant transfers to a higher level while the other stays, the fee remains the same except for additional charges for meals and ancillary services for the transferring resident. What does this mean to you? Peace of mind. The Life Care plan frees you from worries about unpredictable costs of long-term healthcare. with careful planning, Spring Harbor can help make your retirement years among the best years of your life.

 

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What are Spring Harbor’s amenities and support facilities?

The Community Commons is Spring Harbor’s focal point. It is designed to provide a village atmosphere to draw people together and direct them to the community’s convenient amenities including a reception area, lounge, wellness area, indoor swimming pool, arts and crafts center, library, post office, computer-business center, beauty-barber salon, and formal and informal dining venues. The scenic 40-acre campus is landscaped and offers resident gardening areas, as well as walking trails, a lake and outdoor gathering spots. Residents also will have use of a woodworking shop and car wash area.

Apartment buildings also have common spaces that include lounges, elevator lobbies, sitting areas and individual, secured residential storage units.

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What do Spring Harbor’s healthcare centers offer?

The Wellness Center is designed to promote independent living and help maintain or improve your personal and individual health status. It will include exercise and recreational facilities, an indoor swimming pool for water aerobics or recreational swimming and a dedicated staff to assist and encourage each resident.

The Preventive Care Center is dedicated to providing residents with access to health professionals and services aimed at maintaining the highest level of health and independence possible. This center will house a care manager, physician exam rooms, physical therapy and exercise room, hydro-therapy room and massage services.

The Spring Harbor Nursing Care Center will provide activities, equipment and staffing for skilled nursing care services on a short or long-term basis. This will be a comprehensive nursing care unit providing emergency, rehabilitative and long-term skilled nursing care should it ever become necessary. Ancillary healthcare services such as physical, occupational, speech, and social therapies will be readily available.

The Nursing Care Center will have 40 well-designed and appointed private rooms with a private bathroom. Resident dining, activity and living rooms, therapy areas, whirlpool, physician and examination rooms, courtyards and outdoor terraces will complement the center.

The Personal Care Home will include a dining room, activity and lounge rooms, an outdoor courtyard and garden areas. Maximum independence and quality of life will be the focal points for each resident within this environment while providing staffing and services to complement daily living. Thirty studio and one-bedroom Apartment Homes can accommodate residents who need help with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing or supervision of medication.

A dedicated Alzheimer’s Care Center will provide individualized care and services for Spring Harbor residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia related diseases. This center will house 30 private rooms to accommodate residents with special needs. It will include dining rooms, activity and lounge rooms, and outdoor controlled and monitored courtyards.

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How do I get into Spring Harbor?

You pay a one-time Entrance Fee. Once you move in, you begin paying an ongoing monthly service fee that entitles you to lifetime residency and healthcare that adjusts to your needs. Both of these fees will vary depending on the size of the Apartment Home or Garden Villa and number of occupants. If you’re a planner, you can easily see this arrangement’s financial benefits. No more worrying about finding and affording quality long-term medical care. Spring Harbor provides Personal Care, Specialty Care or Nursing Care, and the 24-hour staffing should you need to transfer to any of these levels of care.

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What are the deposit and payment terms for the entrance fee?

Ten percent of the total entrance fee is required as an initial deposit to reserve a specific Apartment Home or Garden Villa location and floor plan. This earnest deposit, together with the signing of the Residence and Life Care Agreement “locks in” the entrance fee and protects you from future price increases. The remaining 90 percent of the entrance fee is due when you move into Spring Harbor.

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Is the entrance fee refundable?

Yes. There are three entrance fee plans available.

The 90 Percent Refundable Plan — Should you leave the community, you or your estate will receive 90 percent of the entrance fee. This plan carries a higher initial entrance fee.

The 50 Percent Refundable Plan — If you terminate the agreement, your entrance fee will be refunded less one percent for each full calendar month (or portion) from the date of occupancy to the effective date of termination. That amount will not be less than half of your entrance fee paid.

Declining Refund Plan — This plan offers a prorated refund of the entrance fee over the first 48-month period of residency should you leave for any reason including death. After this period, if a resident leaves, there is no refund although this fee is smaller. Refunds for both plans are subject to the receipt of an entrance fee from a subsequent resident for a unit of the same type.

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Who owns Spring Harbor?

Spring Harbor, Southwest Georgia’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), is sponsored by Columbus Regional Health. A not-for-profit community, Spring Harbor is governed by a Board of Directors composed of leading local citizens and business leaders. It is the vision of the Columbus Regional Health to be the region’s leader in providing quality healthcare services, caring for those we serve compassionately and with respect for their needs, dignity and the quality of their lives.

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