Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is Independent Living?

Independent Living is a term used in many states to define a housing option for seniors. Most commonly referred to as retirement communities, seniors reside in rental apartments, rental duplexes or rental (and owned) homes. Typically, Independent Living communities offer one meal per day along with maintenance, housekeeping and laundry services. Most independent residents require little assistance but choose Independent Living for peace of mind as staff is available to assist with emergencies 24-hours per day. Many Independent Living communities also make routine personal care assistance accessible through home health agencies.

2. What is Personal Care?

Personal Care is both a housing and health care option for seniors. Generally, most Personal Care residents need assistance with two or more activities of daily living (ADLs) such as assistance with bathing, hygiene, dressing and medications. Popular benefits for seniors in need of Personal Care services include increased socialization with peers, enhanced nutritional status, and greater compliance with medications.

3. Does Medicare pay for Personal Care?

No, Medicare does not pay for Personal Care. However, Long Term Care Insurance policies are becoming more popular and include Personal Care options.

4. Is Veteran's Assistance available?

Veteran's Assistance may be available for veterans that reside in Personal Care and/or their surviving spouses. To qualify, a resident must have been honorably discharged, or served 90 days on active-duty with at least one of those days served during wartime. For more information, call the Veterans Hotline toll free number 1-800-827-1000.

5. Do you require an endowment or buy-in?

No. Covenant Woods Retirement apartments are rented on a month to month basis.

6. Are any of my expenses tax deductible?

As a resident of a retirement community some or all of your personal care expenses or Personal Care expenses may be tax deductible as medical expenses if you and/or your family meet certain criteria. For more information, refer to IRS publication 502. This publication can be accessed at or by calling 1-800-829-3676.

7. Who owns Covenant Woods Retirement?

Covenant Woods Retirement is privately owned and managed by BrightSpace Senior Living. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, BrightSpace Senior Living operates high-end retirement communities throughout the country.

8. Why should I choose Covenant Woods Retirement?

Covenant Woods Retirement not only meets your needs, we exceed the service you expect. We believe in our mission of tradition, service and excellence, serving Columbus since 1984.

9. Is there a minimum age for residence?

Yes, our minimum age for residence is 55.

10. What are my choices for type of residence?

We have options to suit any level of independence you desire.

One Bedroom
One Bedroom Deluxe
Two Bedroom
Two Bedroom Deluxe
Stand Alone Cottages

11. Are residences furnished?

All residences are unfurnished, allowing you to bring whatever furniture and accessories you like to decorate your new home.

12. Is transportation available?

Yes, scheduled transportation is available for medical appointments as well as shopping trips. Additional transportation may be purchased for a nominal fee.

13. Are there facilities for my guests, including overnight?

Currently, Covenant Woods Retirement does not provide guest room services.

14. Do you have a Waiting List Program?

Yes. With our Wait List Program you can select the type of residence you desire.