Q & A: From Lifestyles to Life Care.
Within the Houston, TX area
These are most common questions we’re asked about The Buckingham. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for or if you’d like more detailed information, please call (281) 606-0479.
Q: What is The Buckingham?
The Buckingham is a retirement community for senior adults in Houston, defined by three qualities:
First, it is a residential retirement option that encourages health and wellness through an active, independent lifestyle.
Second, it provides services, social activities and special amenities to enhance the lifestyle you're already enjoying.
Third, it provides every independent living resident guaranteed access to on-site Assisted-Living, memory-support and Skilled-Nursing care at The Plaza, at little additional cost, should you ever need it, for as long as you need it.
Q: What is so special about a Life Care community?
Your entrance fee provides you with Life Care, which allows you to enjoy independent residential living with the reassurance that additional care is available, should you ever need it, at predictable fees. Living at The Buckingham eliminates the time-consuming chores of home maintenance, fear of becoming a burden to relatives, concerns of aging among strangers, and worries about the availability and cost of quality long-term care. Life Care at The Buckingham combines unparalleled financial security and peace of mind with a truly independent lifestyle and a wide range of services and amenities.
Q: As a Life Care resident, what if I run out of money?
We value our commitment to our Life Care residents, so we’ve created a Financial Hardship Protection Plan. If you outlive your resources for reasons beyond your control and can’t pay your monthly fee, you can stay in your residence and keep your guaranteed priority access to our on-site health care. See your Life Care agreement for details.
Q: What does it mean to be a not-for-profit community?
While for-profit communities use their income to pay dividends to investors, The Buckingham, as a not-for-profit entity, reinvests revenue after expenses into the community, where it belongs. This difference is at the heart of Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation’s (SQLC) mission and vision. Additionally, our not-for-profit status means that The Buckingham must meet stringent financial guidelines, including strict government regulations. Therefore, residents have peace of mind, knowing that not-for-profit financial controls and reduced operating costs translate into lower, stabilized monthly fees and favorable tax credits and exemptions. Research also indicates that not-for-profit communities invest more resources into health services than for-profit communities.
Q: How much does it cost?
The cost of living at The Buckingham consists of a one-time entry fee that is 90% refundable to you or your estate, as well as a predetermined monthly service fee based on the size of your apartment home.
When comparing the cost of living in your current home to living at The Buckingham, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Plus, you’ll experience true peace of mind, knowing all your long-term health care needs will be taken care of at The Plaza.
For details on pricing, please call (713) 660-6552 to schedule an appointment with a senior living counselor.
What will my monthly service fee cover?
The monthly fee covers the full range of services, including:
- Full interior and exterior maintenance of your residence
- Beautifully landscaped grounds
- Concierge services
- Valet services
- All community amenities
- Flexible dining services
- All utilities including cable television, with the exception of phone and Internet
- Weekly housekeeping and laundering of sheets
- On-site security with emergency call systems in each residence
- Transportation services
- Covered parking
- Individual storage units
- Liability and property insurance on the building (excepting personal property insurance)
- Property taxes
Q: How do I know this is for me at this time in my life?
By making a smart decision now, you can relax, knowing your future is secure. Often people wait until it’s too late and are unable to take full advantage of the benefits of living in a Life Care community. Those who move to The Buckingham directly into Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing are not eligible for Life Care benefits.
Q: Is the community safe and secure?
Yes. As a resident of The Buckingham, you can enjoy 24-hour security, supported by a staff dedicated to your safety. Each residence is equipped with an emergency call system for your added protection and comfort.