Exciting Plans Ahead for the Capital Manor Foundation

The Capital Manor Board in conjunction with the Foundation Board of Directors is excited to announce an expansion of the Foundation’s objectives for the fiscal year 2016 to include an endowment building program and a scholarship program.

The approved budget will allocate:

  • 65% of annual revenue to resident assistance.
  • 20% to the General Endowment Fund.
  • 10% to a new scholarship program for employees.
  • 5% to administrative costs.

We appreciate the generous past support and look forward to sharing our progress on these exciting new goals.

There are many benefits of donating to the Foundation.  Your gifts to the Foundation:

  • Are 100% tax deductible if you itemize
  • Assist residents who have outlived resources.
  • Help current employees fulfill higher education goals specific to senior needs.
  • Help reduce monthly maintenance fees by reducing overall expenses in the community.

Have you made your donation for 2016? Click here to donate.

For more information about the Capital Manor Foundation, please contact Deirdre Miller via dmiller@capitalmanor.com.


But I don’t like Bingo!

Making the move into a senior living community is a big decision. And it’s common to worry that you may feel isolated in your new surroundings – or bored by limited activities.

One of the things that makes Capital Manor different is that we’re resident-driven – and that means plenty of opportunities for you to do more than just occupy your time. You can find new relationships and a fresh purpose through our many groups, clubs and committees.

“At many communities staff and residents depend on outside volunteers,” says Resident Life Coordinator Linda Burks. “But at Capital Manor, we have wonderful opportunities for independent residents to give back by volunteering. And they do!”

Resident Committees are formally organized groups under our Resident Council. They impact all areas of resident life and include:

• Evening Program Committee • Education Committee • Gardens Committee • Marketing Committee • Vespers Committee • Building and Grounds Committee • Library Committee • Art Gallery Committee • Thrift Shop Committee

In addition to resident committees, there are dozens of groups and clubs to get involved in. And you can start your own! As for activities, here’s a taste of what you can do at Capital Manor.

What Type of Senior Living is Right for You?

If you’re investigating senior living options, the terminology can be a little confusing. Some of the community types may sound the same, but they can offer very different residence and health care options.

Here are three types of communities – and what they really offer.

Independent Living Communities:In these communities, independent seniors with few medical needs live in fully-equipped private apartments. Meal plans, activities and entertainment may be offered and sometimes for an addtional fee.

Residential Care Communities:Residential care, often compared to assisted living, is a long-term care option for those who need help with everyday activities such as meals, bathing, dressing, medication management, and transportation. Some communities also offer assisted living memory care for those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Some communities are assisted living only, while others do not offer on-site healthcare.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC):Also known as Life Plan Communities, CCRCs offer a full continuum of care, from independent living to assisted living, to nursing and/or memory care.

As the only continuing care retirement community within 30 miles of Salem, Capital Manor gives you a full range of resident-centered health services on site, whenever you need it. Capital Manor is a state registered Continuing Care Retirement Community with a licensed Residential Care facility and secure Memory Care, offering personal care 24/7.

Understanding Entrance Fees

When looking into senior living community options, some of the most commonly asked questions are about entrance fees. What are they? How do they benefit me? Are they worth it?

To make a smart decision, you need facts. As you search for the right community for you, make sure you get the answers you need from every community you visit.

Here is some straightforward information about how entrance fees at Capital Manor work – and how they can be a great value.

Why pay an entrance fee?

It gives you access to our on-site Residential Care Facility– including 90 days at no additional cost.

• As a non-profit continuing care retirement community, we’re able to invest your fees back into the services and amenities you enjoy every day.

• With our Return-of-Capital option, you are guaranteed 50% of your entrance fee back to you or your estate, regardless of how much health care you use here.

How does it save you money?

It gives you access to continuing care at a lower cost – usually half of the cost of the Salem average.

• Lower monthly fees. This can save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime.

• Lower out-of-pocket expenses. You don’t have to pay property taxes, HOA dues, assessment fees, or homeowner’s insurance.

• Potential tax deductions. Part of your fees may qualify for a medical expense tax deduction. Talk to your tax advisor for details.

Asking the right questions, and getting straight answers, will help you make the right choice for your future.

We’d love to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today.

Downsizing Tips- Part 2

Cindy McCargar, Move-in Coordinator at Capital Manor, understands how overwhelming the moving process can be. “When I talk to folks getting ready to move in to our community, they’re always a little intimidated at first,” McCargar said. “There’s just so much to do! But I tell them that everybody feels this way at first, and it’s ok. They can do it – they really can!”

She also lets them know about the services available to make the transition easy. “We want to make the whole process as easy as possible,” she said, “so if you don’t want to try and manage all the details yourself, we’ll help you find the resources you need to downsize and move in.”

McCargar and her team will:

• Connect you with an affordable, trusted move-in service, which will help you with everything from deciding what to take, to packing, moving, and unpacking in your new home.

• Give you recommendations for estate sale companies or storage facilities.

• Make sure you get comfortably settled into your new life at Capital Manor.

Downsizing can be daunting. But with some planning – and some help – you can get ready for a fresh start with very little stress.

Thinking of downsizing? We can help! Contact us today.

Dos & Don’ts of Downsizing

Moving is hard no matter what stage of life you’re in. But moving into a senior living residence often means downsizing – and that can be really hard. After all, you’ve spent years in one home and accumulated a lifetime’s worth of treasures. How do you know what to keep? How do you even get started on the downsizing process?



  • Start Early. Give yourself several months before your move. You have a lot of decisions and arrangements to make. The more time you take, the less stressful it will be.
  • Evaluate Your Furniture First. What will fit into your new space? Ask yourself what you will use most often. Then decide what to donate or sell.
  • Take One Room at a Time. Staying focused on one room will make the process easier and go faster. Set up a staging area for items that will be sold or donated, then pack up the items you want to keep as you work through the room. When one room is finished, move on to another one.


  • Don’t Forget to Measure. Get the measurements of your new closets and cabinet spaces. Mark off an equivalent space in your home so you can see how much space you’ll really have.
  • Don’t Take Too Many Multiples. Do you really need three frying pans? How many tablecloths will you actually use? Save storage space by eliminated extras you won’t need.
  • Don’t Do it By Yourself. Get help from friends and family. Or, let us help you.

Downsizing can be daunting. But with some planning – and some help – you can get ready for a fresh start with very little stress.

Interview with Capital Manor resident – Downsizing

Capital Manor In Their Words: Les and Marylou Green

When the time came to choose a Salem senior living community, there was no question where Les and Marylou Green wanted to go.

“It was a no-brainer,” says Les. “We were acquainted with Capital Manor because it was practically in our backyard. We knew the community and we were impressed that it was so welcoming. Plus, it was a continuing care retirement community, and that was something Marylou and I thought important.”

The Greens knew they needed to make the move when health was becoming an issue; they wanted to be sure they would get the care they needed in the coming years. After looking at the various living options available at Capital Manor, they decided an independent senior apartment in The Tower.

“It really hinged on what would be best for Marylou,” says Les. “She needed a walker, so we required a place where her limited mobility wouldn’t be a problem.”

When Should You Talk to Your Parents About Senior Living?

Jeff Smith remembers distinctly when he and his siblings had “the talk” with their mom.

“We were spending increasing amounts of time running errands for her and helping her out around the house,” he says. “We’d broached the subject of her moving into a Salem senior community but she always said, ‘I like my independence.’ One day, we finally said: ‘Mom, we’re all spending a lot of time running back and forth to help you do things. We love you, but you’re not really living independently.”

That conversation, he says, helped his mom realize she might need a little more help going forward.


Senior Living and the Single Woman

Girls—or, as we should say, older women—rule the (senior) world. According to a recent study from the Administration on Aging, there are 1.3 women to every man in the 65 and older population. Only 45 percent of older women are married, and almost half of women over 75 live alone. It’s not really surprising, since women on average live at least five years longer than men.

So as single senior women look to retirement, they’re gravitating more and more to senior living communities. This type of living offers a high level of social interaction and support that can be hard to find anywhere else.

Six Steps to Successful Aging

According to a report from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, nearly 85 percent of older adults are happy with their lives and their aging process. For many of these seniors, this is a result of behaviors they’ve adopted over the course of their lives.

In the book Successful Aging, Drs. John Rowe and Robert Kahn give six steps that seniors can adopt in order to have a successful—and dare we say pleasant—aging experience.