What do you mean when you say that Medford Leas is a “Community for those age 55+ with an innovative choice?”
Developed in 1971, Medford Leas offers those age 55+ a distinctively wide range of residential living arrangements, amenities, services and contractual options, as well as extensive wellness/healthcare programs and facilities. Since its founding, Medford Leas has evolved considerably from its initial designation as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with a single campus in Medford, NJ.
In 1999, we expanded the scope of our services and introduced a new “55+ adult community” program with the establishment of a second campus in Lumberton, NJ — Medford Leas at Lumberton. The hallmark concept for those moving to our Lumberton campus is the choice between our traditional CCRC Residence and Care Agreement and our innovative Residence Agreement that combines coverage of our full complement of residential amenities and services with optional fee-for service access to our wellness, health, and long-term care services.
What do you mean by “Total Home Maintenance”?
The monthly fee you pay assures you a lifetime warranty on all interior and exterior repairs, maintenance and replacement of your home’s property and its equipment (except personal property). So Medford Leas covers you for everything from appliance repairs and replacement, to outside “chores” (lawn care, snow removal, landscaping, painting, etc.), to structural and system repairs (such as roofs, heating and air conditioning)! Dependent upon the neighborhood you choose, even housekeeping services may be included. Literally, you can live at Medford Leas and not have to lift a finger to maintain or care for your home.
Why is a personal visit important?
At this point in your life, the decision to become part of a community is not only complex, but it is likely one of the most important life choices you will ever make. Reading a brochure or exploring a website should be just the beginning of your search. At Medford Leas, we believe the only way to take the true measure of any community is with a personal visit. Visit often, at varying times, and for different events, reasons and tours.
Are there advantages to choosing a not-for-profit community?
United States corporations are chartered either as “for-profit” or “not-for-profit.” The officers of for-profit companies are charged with generating profits for their shareholders. By contrast, not-for-profit organizations have no shareholders, leaving any excess of revenue realized over operating expenses for the exclusive benefit of the organization’s clients or members. Examples of historically not-for-profit entities include educational institutions, places of worship, hospitals, CCRC’s, etc. Such organizations receive tax benefits — helping to ensure that their mission continues and that the persons they serve receive all benefits of operation directly. Simply stated, residents of not-for-profit communities are the sole beneficiaries of its “profits.”
How do I know if I can afford Medford Leas?
With a wide variety of residential living accommodations and contractual options, Medford Leas has entrance fee and monthly fee packages that are affordable for most asset and income levels. Our Residency Planning Associates are very qualified to discuss our many options with you and can help you make the best match for your lifestyle and financial resources.
What is different about Medford Leas?
This is a great question! While all communities have unique qualities, we believe Medford Leas has several we want to share with you.
The most common observation visitors share with us is that our residents and staff are so friendly and enjoy such ease and warm relationships with one another.
Active, engaged residents
Medford Leas’ residents are truly our greatest asset. With their self-governing residents association and over 90 resident-directed committees and activity groups, they are diverse — coming from a variety of faiths and backgrounds — engaged with their community, vibrant and interesting, and share a common dedication in employing their individual gifts and life experiences to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.
Perhaps the most dramatic difference is the scope and beauty of our setting. Together the entire 200+ acres of both our Medford and Lumberton campuses comprise the Lewis W. Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve. How fortunate that these extraordinary properties were intentionally developed as beautiful settings within residents and employees can live and work. The Arboretum features landscaped gardens, meadows, and natural woodlands. More than 1,300 specimen trees on the Medford campus alone are labeled with plaques designating their common and botanical names, along with their special Global Positioning System (GPS) number. Residents enjoy extensive systems of activity trails and varied opportunities for arboretum volunteerism with trail maintenance, tours for guests, to name a few. The grounds and collections of both campuses are expertly maintained by our Arboretum Coordinator and excellent landscaping staff.
Diversity of residential living options
In addition to Medford Leas’ natural beauty, it is also known for its unusually diverse range of residential neighborhoods — from garden-level courtyard apartments to clustered townhouses and patio homes — all uniquely arranged amidst the beauty of our arboretum setting. Not only do we offer many choices in the location and style of your preferred home, but you can truly personalize it by working with us to customize the features and finishing touches before you move in!
Superior wellness and health care services
The dream of personalized “health care for life” is a reality at Medford Leas. Our unique on-site program features a full-time staff team of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners. Together they personally coordinate care with the best specialists and treatment programs available — both locally and in Philadelphia. Medford Leas’ extensive array of additional on-site health and wellness services offers the perfect primary care complement. Finally, as a result of our “patient partnership” approach, residents enjoy close, participatory and enduring relationships with our health care team.
Emphasis on mind and body fitness for life
Medford Leas places great emphasis on the total integration of mind and body fitness and its importance in enjoying a high quality of life. As with its health care staff, we offer an impressive full-time team of dedicated and well-trained fitness professionals who facilitate optimum use of our extensive facilities — including two fitness centers; exercise studios; indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts. Additionally, they offer a comprehensive array of programming featuring everything from water aerobics, to core strengthening classes, to providing personalized fitness regimens and instruction.
Complementing body fitness is Medford Leas’ award-winning Cognitive Fitness/Brain Gym Program – which utilizes the scientifically proven and nationally-acclaimed Posit Science® computer-based workout along with other specially designed techniques to help residents improve brain plasticity.
Medford Leas — together with its sponsor, The Estaugh — is guided in its philosophy and practices by the teachings and beliefs of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), particularly the basic tenet that there is “that of God” in everyone, and the respect for the sanctity of every individual inherent in this belief. As a not-for-profit, mission-driven organization, The Estaugh recognizes its relationship to the broader community as a responsible employer, community business, and neighbor.
What does it mean that Medford Leas is an “accredited” community?
Medford Leas is accredited by CARF-CCAC, the only national, independent accrediting body that evaluates and certifies the quality of a CCRC’s services and governance through observation, policy reviews and interviews with residents, staff and board members. This rigorous, voluntary assessment assures current and future residents that our community strives for and achieves the highest standards of quality in all its services and practices. Medford Leas is especially proud to stand as one of only a handful of CCRC’s in the United States to have sought and retained its accredited status since the Commission’s inception in 1985.
What happens if my health status changes after I move in?
Medford Leas’ on-site assisted living and skilled nursing care facilities and staff are ready to accommodate you for either temporary stays or full-time residency should your health care needs ever change. (Access and payment for these services depend upon your contract choice.) Our Residency Planning staff can answer your detailed questions about all these arrangements.
“I hesitate visiting the Residency Planning Office because I do not want
a high pressure sales pitch.”
While this is really not a question, we do appreciate this common concern. You can be assured that whether your visit is a private appointment or at a public event, you will experience absolutely no pressure from our staff. Rather, the role of our staff is to answer any and all questions you may have about our contracts, fees, accommodations, services or the community in general. In addition, we are especially proud that a hallmark of Medford Leas’ visitor outreach is our residents’ active involvement in the process by serving as personal tour guides. By sharing their own special perspectives, they gladly help visitors explore and learn about our community and resident life. What better way to evaluate a community than to spend quality time with those who have already experienced the decision-making process and made Medford Leas their home?
How do I take the next step?
We look forward to hearing from you again as you consider your future plans and welcome your visit. To RSVP for any of our special events or to schedule your own visit, please call our Residency Planning staff in advance at 609-654-3527 or 800-331-4302. Marianne Steely or Marge Sagett will be glad to assist you.