FAQ - Cedar Crest in Janesville, WI

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a continuing care retirement community?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers a full range of living options to its residents. This includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and a skilled nursing facility.

As a CCRC, Cedar Crest features town homes, apartments, assisted living, a memory care residence, and a health care center with 24-hour skilled nursing care.

How big is Cedar Crest?
Cedar Crest offers:
• 18 town homes and 107 apartments
• 44 Assisted Living units
• 12 Memory Care units
• 95-bed skilled nursing facility

Is there an entry fee?
There is an entry fee at Cedar Crest, with the amount depending on the living accommodations that a resident selects. Entry fees are used to enhance Cedar Crest's ability to provide a diverse array of services to residents. They also assure all future living and health care needs will be met on a priority basis if changes in health occur.

Is there rent or a monthly fee?
There is a monthly service fee per apartment, covering all utilities (except phone service), maintenance, laundry facilities, transportation, property taxes, repairs, and recreation. Meal plans are a separate fee.

How do I become a resident of Cedar Crest?
We recommend that potential residents and their family members visit and tour our community. When individuals decide to make the move to Cedar Crest, they complete an application. Residents also meet with one of our nurses to determine their care requirements and special needs. A signed agreement outlining the terms, included services, and fees completes the process.

What kind of insurance do I need to move in?
As in other living situations, personal renter’s insurance is encouraged. Contact your insurance agent to address your personal insurance needs.

Are pets allowed?
In independent living, small dogs and cats are allowed to reside at Cedar Crest once a pet agreement has been signed and a deposit has been made. Other pets of any kind belonging to residents’ guests are not allowed on the Cedar Crest grounds without the permission of Cedar Crest. Pets are not allowed in guest apartments.

Can residents have overnight guests?
Independent living residents are free to welcome guests to stay in their homes at anytime. Cedar Crest also offers three guest apartments for the friends and family of residents in all living levels. Prices are listed in the Fee Schedule and are subject to a five percent sales tax. Reservations can be made through the apartment office.


Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) - Everyday activities, including bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, toileting, medication administration, and oral care.

Alzheimer's Disease - A form of dementia, a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Symptoms may include forgetfulness, personality changes, difficulty finding the name of familiar objects, and the inability to recognize friends and family members. The cause of Alzheimer’s Disease is unclear, but both genetic and environmental factors seem to play a role.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Law passed by Congress in 1990, guaranteeing equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

Assessment - An opportunity to determine a resident's care requirements and special needs based on an evaluation of their physical and mental condition.

Assisted Living - A community that offers a wide variety of services and provides a housing solution for adults who live independently, but need a little extra help with activities of daily living. Assisted living facilities often offer residents amenities such as meals, housekeeping, laundry service, transportation, medication management, scheduled activities, and staff assistance.

Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) - A place where five or more unrelated people live together in a community setting. Services provided include room and board, supervision, support services, and may include up to three hours of nursing care per week.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) - A senior living community that provides a continuum of care and various housing options, including, but not limited to, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Memory Care. They utilize a progressive approach to the aging process, accommodating residents’ changing needs. These communities allow senior adults to live independently, but also offer the peace of mind that their future care needs are taken care of.

Continuum of Care - The array of care options available at Continuing Care Retirement Communities, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and more.

Dementia - A loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior.

Independent Living - A community with residential living options for senior adults that require minimal or no extra assistance. Supportive services such as meals, housekeeping, social activities, and transportation may be provided.

Long-Term Care - A range of services and supports a person may need to meet health or personal needs over a long period of time.

Medications Management/Medication Administration - A formalized procedure for the management of self-administered medicine. A program may include rules regarding the timing, dosage, and coordination with the resident's personal physician.

Memory Care - A specially-designed, supportive residence for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory care concerns. Services often include meals, assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, staff assistance, and activities.

Not-for-Profit - An organization that directs remaining funds, after paying operating expenses, back into programs and services rather than sharing profits with owners or shareholders.

"Person first" philosophy of care - A "person first" philosophy honors the person before the task. This idea supports a quality of life; nurtures the mind, body, and spirit; and promotes growth and development.

Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC) - Independent apartment units in which the following services are provided: room and board, up to 28 hours per week of supportive care, personal care, and nursing services.