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 a day. Many Independent Living communities also make routine personal care assistance accessible through home health agencies.

2. What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living is both a housing and health care option for seniors. Generally, most Assisted Living 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 Assisted Living services include increased socialization with peers, enhanced nutritional status, and greater compliance with medications.

3. Does Medicaid pay for Assisted Living?

No, Medicaid does not pay for Assisted Living. However, long-term care insurance policies are becoming more popular and include Assisted Living options. Your Medicare benefits, on the other hand, will continue as they currently are.

4. Is Veteran's Assistance available?

Veteran's Assistance may be available for veterans that reside in Assisted Living 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. Garden Plaza of Valley View 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 Assisted Living 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 Garden Plaza of Valley View?

Garden Plaza of Valley View is privately owned and managed by BrightSpace Senior Living. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Century Park operates quality retirement communities throughout the country.

8. Why should I choose Garden Plaza of Valley View?

Garden Plaza of Valley View has been serving Boise seniors for over 26 years, far longer than other competitors in the Boise market. Our reputation is exceptional, as evidenced by our high occupancy percentages. Garden Plaza of Valley View has more independent living residents than any of our local competitors, and our assisted living is usually full. Exceptional service and happy residents always equals high occupancy. In addition to independent living and assisted living, Garden Plaza of Valley View shares the 10-acre campus with sister-company Life Care of Valley View, providing Five-Star rated skilled nursing services and a complete physical therapy department, making Garden Plaza of Valley View the only true continuum of care campus in the Boise area. At Garden Plaza of Valley View, we truly believe in our mission of Tradition, Service and Excellence.

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

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?

Garden Plaza of Valley View does provide guest room services for a small fee.

14. Do you have a Waiting List Program?

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