Frequently Asked Questions
For additional information to these Frequently Asked Questions and others questions about Ives Hill Retirement Community, or to schedule an appointment to visit, please call (315) 779-9590.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes. A person must be 62 years of age or older to reside at Ives Hill. If two occupants will be residing together both occupants must be at least 62 years of age.
Where is your community located?
Ives Hill Retirement Community is located just off Ives Street in the City of Watertown. Ives Hill is within a mile to medical facilities, to many physician offices and to shopping. Additionally, part of the property owned by Ives Hill borders a public golf course, the Ives Hill Golf Course.
Who owns Ives Hill?
Ives Hill Retirement Community, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. As such, Ives Hill Retirement Community is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
What is required to become a resident of Ives Hill?
To become a resident of Ives Hill you must complete an Application for Residency and submit payment of $1,500, a reservation fee that secures a priority position on our waiting list.
Is the reservation fee refundable?
Reservation fees are partially refundable if an applicant is unable to move to Ives Hill due to a change in health status (i.e., needs to move to assisted living or skilled nursing). Furthermore, once an applicant twice declines to move to Ives Hill when offered a living unit matching his/her preference, the reservation fee no longer secures one’s priority status on the waiting list. That applicant’s name is then moved to the bottom of the waiting list such that when a preferred unit next becomes available, he/she may not be given opportunity to select that unit.
Lastly, the reservation fee is not applied to one’s equity fee or monthly fee upon taking occupancy of a living unit.
How long is the waiting list?
The length of the waiting list has varied significantly throughout the years. It varies according to the style of living unit, the number of vacancies that occur and during expansion phases. Please talk with our Housing & Relocation Counselor to learn how long the waiting list is currently. Please realize that we have no way to predict longevity!
What can I expect for increases in the monthly fee?
There is likely to be an annual increase in monthly fees. The amount of increase will vary according to changes in the cost of providing services and maintaining the buildings and grounds. Annual increases usually range between 1% and 5%. The average annual increase since Ives Hill opened in 1998 has been 3%.
Does Ives Hill offer health care?
No, Ives Hill Retirement Community is an independent living community. As such, Ives Hill Retirement Community is not licensed to provide personal care or health care services to residents. A free Wellness Clinic is offered weekly at Ives Hill by Caregivers Home Health Agency. This clinic is open to all Ives Hill residents. However, The Lodge at Ives Hill offers 24-hour assistance and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health as Enriched Housing. Health and personal care services are provided to those who reside at The Lodge.
What kinds of social activities are offered?
Ives Hill offers a variety of social, recreational, educational and spiritual activities. Please ask to see our weekly newsletter. Activities are always published in the newsletter.
Are pets allowed?
Cats, birds and small dogs are permitted in our apartments. However, a small dog that has a tendency to bark at the slightest sound will not be permitted. There are other restrictions regarding pets that residents may have in an apartment. For more information speak with the Housing & Relocation Counselor. A pet deposit is required.
Cats, birds and dogs are permitted in patio homes with prior approval. A pet deposit is required. While patio home residents may have a larger dog breed than is permitted in apartments, our insurance company has restrictions regarding certain dog breeds. For more information speak with the Housing & Relocation Counselor.
May I have a car?
Residents are welcome to have a car. Parking spaces are available around the congregate building for apartment residents and a limited number of garage spaces are available for an additional fee. Every patio home includes an attached one-car garage
Is transportation available?
Yes, transportation is one of the many benefits offered at Ives Hill.
Does Ives Hill accept any type of housing subsidy?
Are the apartments and patio homes rented or purchased?
There are two payment options offered for apartments: Rent or Equity Fee with Monthly Service Fee.
“Rent” is a payment that covers the cost of one’s housing and services and is paid monthly.
An “Equity Fee” is paid upon occupying an apartment and is a one-time fee. This Equity Fee is actually “pre-paid” rent. The Equity Fee covers the cost of one's housing and thereby reduces the monthly fee. The monthly fee covers the cost of services, utilities, insurance, etc. Ask for the list of services, amenities, utilities, etc. covered by the monthly Rental and Service Fees. The Equity Fee refund for an apartment is never less than 50% and depends upon the length of one's occupancy.
All Patio Homes require an “Equity Fee”. A monthly Service Fee is also assessed to cover the cost of taxes, insurance, maintenance, water/sewer, etc. Refund plans currently offered are based upon a refund of not less than 60%.
For more information about how the Equity Fee plan works and how much is refunded upon move-out, talk with the Housing & Relocation Counselor. Equity Fees vary by floor plan, individual features of a home and the year of construction.
NOTE: Many communities call their Equity Fee an Entrance Fee.
1200 Jewell Drive
Watertown, NY 13601