Frequently Asked Questions


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  • Q:

    Is Riderwood a continuing care retirement community? What does that mean?

    A: Riderwood is a continuing care retirement community, also called a CCRC. This means we offer several levels of more advanced care on-site, along with traditional independent living.

  • Q:

    What's the difference between independent living and continuing care health services at Riderwood?

    A: Independent living means exactly that: you'll keep enjoying the independent life you're used to—just without the hassle of repairs and yardwork. As a continuing care retirement community or CCRC, we also have a neighborhood located on our Silver Spring campus that provides assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation, respite care and long-term care. Most Riderwood residents never need our extended neighborhood—but it's comforting to have it available.

  • Q:

    Do I need to be a resident of Riderwood to come to the continuing care health services neighborhood?

    A: No. You or your loved one can come to our continuing care health services neighborhood without being a current Riderwood resident. This applies to permanent stays such as assisted living, long-term care or memory care as well as temporary stays such as Respite Care or Short-Term Rehabilitation.

  • Q:

    How do the doctors and care providers compare to other Silver Spring care centers?

    A: While many other care centers employ part-time doctors, our medical staff is full-time. Plus, they specialize in senior health care. Our team also includes visiting specialists.

    Erickson Living medical team facts:

    • Our board certified physicians average 20 years' experience working with seniors.
    • Nurse practitioners average 15 years of experience.
    • Nurse clinical specialists in mental health average 23 years of experience.
    • The team also includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and more.
  • Q:

    Who determines what services I need?

    A: Our full-time doctors, nurse practitioners and social workers will complete an assessment to determine what level of care would most benefit you or your loved one.

  • Q:

    How flexible is my life at Riderwood? Do I have to go to bed and wake up at a certain time?

    A: No, residents receving continuing care health services are free to structure their day however they choose. Additionally, we do not use a disruptive public address system. All communications are private between residents and staff.

  • Q:

    What’s the price of continuing care health services at Riderwood?

    A: All residents of our continuing care health services neighborhood pay a one-time Refundable Entrance Deposit. After that, pricing is structured according to the level of care required. Some services, such as rehabilitation, are covered by Medicare. For details, see our pricing page.

  • Q:

    Are continuing care health services at Riderwood Medicare-approved?

    A: Yes, we are approved by Medicare for skilled nursing care services.

  • Q:

    Do you accept Medicaid?

    A: Yes, however keep in mind that people who require Medicaid have typically exhausted their funds and will not have the entrance deposit necessary to move here.

  • Q:

    Do residents receiving continuing care health services have access to the rest of the Riderwood campus?

    A: Absolutely! Residents can take full advantage of all the amenities and activities on campus, including the swimming pool, restaurants, transportation, day trips, walking paths, clubs and more.

  • Q:

    Are visitors welcome?

    A: Visitors are welcome 24-7. There’s no need to call ahead. This is your home, and your guests are always free to drop by and see you.