To assist you in developing a more comprehensive life plan, we've addressed some commonly asked questions. We are happy to personally answer any other questions you may have so you can make an informed decision that's right for you.
Who is eligible to live at Air Force Village? View Answer
All retired and former officers from all uniformed services and their spouses, widowed spouses, parents, and grandparents, age 62 and better. Our residents come from every branch of the military: Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.
The term "officer" also includes Regular, Reserve, Warrant, and National Guard officers, as well as retired commissioned officers of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Is there a minimum age requirement for a qualifying individual? View Answer
The minimum age for residency is 62 for single applicants (for couples, only one spouse need be 62). On an individual basis, exceptions may be considered by the Board of Trustees.
Must residents jointly occupying a residence be married? View Answer
If two persons wanting to occupy a single residence are not married, they each must be eligible to enter the Village.
Why do people choose Air Force Village? View Answer
Air Force Village is an ideal place to live. Residents here enjoy charming, comfortable homes in two desirable locations...a more urban environment at Village I and a more rural environment at Village II...both offering gracious hospitality and service in a welcoming community...with abundant opportunities to explore diverse interests and activities, and the assurance of excellent lifelong healthcare if needed.
What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community? View Answer
The term Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) speaks to the avaliability of a full continuum of residential services and care that invludes Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Health Care. A CCRC, such as Air Force Village provides the optimal financial security, value, flexibility and peace of mind for you and your family.
This community enables you to live in a private residence, with the assurance that exceptional healthcare is available through every stage of life if needed. Air Force Village's Continuing Care Plan guarantees future healthcare at discounted fees, protecting your assets from potential catastrophic costs. All residents have access to on-site wellness programs, preventative care, 24-hour emergency response, assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing. We offer two basic entrance fee contract options which are commonly referred to as Lifecare (Type A) and Continuing Care (Type B). The full continuum of care is available under both types, and both offer guaranteed access to discounted health services. The difference is that under Lifecare, a higher entrance fee is paid in return for higher health service discounts.
May I use my long term care insurance policy at Air Force Village? View Answer
For those with long-term care insurance, the payments from your policy may be used to cover or offset the cost of health care at Air Force Village. There are so many variations in long term care policies it is difficult to a give a specific answer. Such contracts are between you and the insurer and usually provide funds to help offset the cost of covered healthcare.
May I use Medicare or Tricare? View Answer
Medicare - Both of our Skilled Nursing Facilities are fully Medicare Part A (inpatient) certified and residents can access the health care centers for all their long term care needs. Assuming the resident is qualified for Medicare services and has Tricare as the co-insurance payer (which most, if not all, do) then Tricare will assume responsibility for the difference between what Medicare will pay and the portion ordinarily paid by the consumer. The result is that no out of pocket cost will accrue to our residents as long as they receive services during a qualified Medicare stay. Such entry to be supported by Medicare requires entry directly from a hospital for rehab and must be by doctor's orders. The maximum benefit period is 100 days a year, though in many instances the resident does not access the full 100 days due to stabilization of his/her condition.
Both of our Skilled Nursing Facilities also participate in the Medicare Part B (outpatient) program. The focus of this program is generally Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy or instances in which services can be provided to residents and billed to Medicare/Tricare. The program is designed to benefit those who require ongoing services in settings far different from the traditional in-patient scenario.
Are there external quality indicators? View Answer
Yes. Air Force Village is nationally accredited by CARF- CCAC (Commission on Accrediation of Rehab Facilities the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission.) This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to meeting national standards of excellence and ensures the comfort and peace of mind of all members. Air Force Village was the first military oriented retirement community to receive accreditation; fewer than 14% of the 2,500 CCRC's in the US are accredited.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services licenses and oversees the regulatory compliance of our healthcare services. The Village consistently receives excellent reviews by regulators.
Do residents turn over all of their assets to Air Force Village? View Answer
Absolutely not. In fact, different entrance fee plans and refund options are available so you can select a plan that best fits your personal and financial goals.
What types of residences are available? View Answer
Air Force Village offers apartments in a variety of sizes and floor plans, ranging from an intimate studio to a spacious residence with two bedrooms, two baths and a den. Two-bedroom cottage homes with attached carports or garages are also available. All residences include the following features:
May I personalize my home to suit my preferences?
Yes. Residents take pride in furnishing and decorating their new homes to reflect their tastes. Air Force Village also offers a nice selection of custom upgrades. With approval of management and for an additional cost, our residents add special features such as hardwood floors, ceiling fans, crown molding, custom built-in storage or other individual selections to customize their homes.
What kinds of fees do residents pay? View Answer
As with most non-profit retirement communities, Air Force Village residents pay a one-time entrance fee and begin paying a monthly fee upon taking possession of a residence.
The entrance fee guarantees lifetime residency, use of common areas, availability of the community's services and amenities and, at the resident's option, discounted healthcare services. Entrance fees vary depending on the type of residence, healthcare plan and refund option selected.
What is included in the monthly fee? View Answer
The monthly fee entitles residents of Air Force Village to the following services and programs:
The monthly fee varies according to the size of the residence. An additional monthly fee is charged for a second person occupying the residence.
There is also an additional monthly Meal Plan fee charged for each resident.
Cost Comparison View Answer
Take a few minutes to compute what it actually costs you to live in your home, apartment, or condominium and compare your present costs to the Villages, using the form below. Enter your current monthly costs and the total will be calculated for you at the bottom of the page.
Is the monthly fee fixed, or is it subject to change? View Answer
Monthly fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Directors and management and may be adjusted based on actual operating costs. Costs are carefully managed, and fees reflect the lowest feasible rate to maintain sound financial practices and the high quality of our services. A 30-day notice is provided to all residents in advance of any adjustment to the monthly fee.
What are the refund options? View Answer
Two refund options are available:
Standard Refund Option: After the recession period of 7 days, refunds will decline at 2.38% per month for each month of residency through the first 42 months.
90% Refund Option: Should this type of contract be terminated for any reason, we will refund 90% of the Entrance Fee paid. With this option, a 70% premium is added to the basic entrance fee.
Are any of the fees tax deductible? View Answer
Yes. Under current IRS guidelines, some portion of the Entrance Fee is recognized as a pre-paid health care expense. A similar portion of the Monthly Service Fee is deductible as a medical expense for the basic refund plan. Please contact your tax advisor.
What kind of amenities and common areas are available for residents? View Answer
Air Force Village provides a wide variety of programs, activities and social opportunities:
Are other services and amenities available? View Answer
Yes. Services and programs available for an additional cost include an expanded dining account, transportation to specific destinations, salon services, catering for parties, concierge services and more.
What healthcare services are available? View Answer
Air Force Village is committed to helping resident members maintain good health and to meeting a wide range of healthcare needs. Our healthcare services meet the highest standards and are some of the most extensive found in retirement communities.
Life Enrichment, Wellness and Prevention includes exercise classes, strength and cardiovascular training, wellness programs, seminars on diet, nutrition and other health-related issues, and routine primary and preventive care services. Life enrichment encompasses spiritual, intellectual, recreational, educational, environmental and social aspects of maintaining good health.
Outpatient Services available in our on-site clinic include occupational, physical, speech and respiratory therapies, foot care, and limited dental services. There is no obligation to use the clinic. You are free to engage the services of a physician of your choice.
Assisted Living provides assistance with activities of daily living...bathing, dressing, medication monitoring, etc. Assisted living residences are located at both Village I and Village II.
Skilled Nursing Services are provided on a 24-hour basis by qualified, licensed and certified professionals. Skilled nursing residences are located at both Village I and II.
Freedom House Alzheimer's/Memory Care provides award winning resident-focused, activity-based care. Dedicated to providing distinctive programming in an innovative, progressive approach to dementia care, the center is designed to enhance quality of life, help maintain cognitive abilities for as long as possible and give purpose and meaning to each day.
Is there a Residents' Council? View Answer
Yes. The council is an active, integral part of the community and is instrumental in interacting with management on many facets of campus life. Members of the council are elected by the residents. Presidents of the Resident Council attend Corporate Board meetings and are free to comment on issues under discussion.
Can you tell me about the Governance of the Village? View Answer
There is a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board meets several times a year to manage the affairs of the corporation.
Does the Village still care for widowed spouses in need? View Answer
Yes, care of widowed spouses in need is still an important part or our mission. If you know of the widow/widower of a retired Air Force Officer who needs financial assistance, please refer them to us.
What kind of security is there at Air Force Village? View Answer
Both Villages are gated. During the evening hours, a courtesy officer provides regular patrols at each campus. Each residence has an emergency call system connected to the front desk for rapid response. Smoke detector alarms, along with sprinkler systems in the tower apartment buildings, provide superior fire protection to our residents.
Many of our residents travel frequently and they often comment that they enjoy the peace of mind of knowing their homes are safe. In fact, some comment that with the weekly housekeeping service (which continues while residents are away), "it's like we never left - except the plants are larger!"
How do I become a resident? View Answer
Once you select your residence, a deposit equal to 10% of the entrance fee reserves your new home. At that time, you will be asked to provide financial and health-related information. Following a membership review, your move-in date can be confirmed. The balance of your entry fee is due upon move-in.
May I bring my pets? View Answer
Pets are allowed in the cottage residences. The number and kind of pets needs to be individually discussed and approved. There is an annual license fee and there must be specific arrangements made for the care of your pets when you are away.
What is my next step if I'd like to learn more? View Answer
Today, more than ever before, people are recognizing the importance of planning ahead for retirement. Your next step is to schedule a visit! Tour our community, sample our cuisine, meet some of the resident members and find out all you need to know about Air Force Village. Take advantage an Air Force Village Getaway on us!
What does the Air Force Village Getaway include? View Answer
You can stay in one of our guest rooms free for two nights. You are welcome to eat in the dining room on a cash basis and you are invited to participate in all Village activities and services while here.
How do I arrange a presentation? View Answer
Call 1-800-655-3083 or click here to set up a date and time.