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The following are questions we are often asked about The Marshes of Skidaway Island. We hope the answers to these questions are useful, but we would really love the opportunity to meet with you individually to provide you with all of the information you'll need to make the most informed decision about our wonderful community.

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What is the Marshes of Skidaway Island?

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The Marshes of Skidaway Island is a 58-acre continuing care retirement community nestled in the peaceful privacy of Skidaway Island, located just six miles southeast of beautiful historic Savannah, Georgia. Our community features cottage homes, duplexes and apartment villas, exclusive entertainment options and amenities, and an on-site health center offering comprehensive personal care and 24-hour skilled nursing – all in a gorgeous luxury resort-style setting.

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What exactly is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

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A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) provides a full array of residential living services and health care options for seniors. The beauty of a CCRC is that it allows retirees to enjoy fully independent living with country-club type amenities in a comfortable community setting. In-home health care, assisted living, memory care support, and skilled nursing are available if needed.

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Why is The Marshes of Skidaway Island unique?

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  • It is the only community of its kind in Savannah - providing all of the options and the benefits of a CCRC with a refundable entry fee.
  • It is located on beautiful Skidaway Island, which is also home to one of the nation's premiere planned communities, The Landings.
  • It is only minutes from the history, culture and beauty of Savannah.
  • Numerous specialty physicians and three major hospitals are just minutes from the community, including Memorial University Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital and Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah.
  • It is adjacent to Skidaway Island State Park - a wonderful 600-acre oasis for walking and bird-watching, plus other educational and recreational activities.
  • It is relatively small in size (182 residences), which offers an intimate yet social and active lifestyle.
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Who are the people involved?

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  • Owner/Sponsor - Skidaway Health and Living Services, Inc. (SHALSI), non-profit volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Developer - Southern Retirement Services, LLC of Atlanta.
  • Architect - Foley Design Associates, Inc., also based in Atlanta.
  • Operations /Management - Life Care Services, LLC, one of the largest and most experienced operations and management companies in the U.S.
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How do I know the operations and service levels will be top-rate?

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Life Care Services, LLC is the official operator/manager of The Marshes of Skidaway Island. Today more than 30,000 people live in over 100 communities managed by Life Care Services. The company, which was established in 1971, has spent decades creating living experiences that enhance the lives of seniors. Their standards and procedures have been developed based on this vast experience and meet or exceed all of the standards of the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

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Describe the quality level of The Marshes of Skidaway Island.

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The entire community is designed to be complementary to the elegance and quality of the homes and the club facilities at The Landings - Skidaway Island's premier planned community of 3,500+ homes. Spacious and well-appointed residences, a beautiful clubhouse, The Island Club, with dining and activity areas, and thoughtful outdoor amenities all combine to make The Marshes of Skidaway Island a wonderful place to live.

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What types of homes are available?

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The Marshes of Skidaway Island offers three home styles to choose from:

  • Cottages
  • Townhomes
  • Apartment Villas

Our cottages and duplexes are elegant one and two bedroom homes ranging from 1,338 to over 2,500 square feet. Living areas are all on one level, and each includes a private garage. The exterior designs range from traditional to classic.

Our apartment villas are beautifully appointed residences in two four-story buildings adjoining The Island Club. A variety of floor plans ranging from 819 to over 2,000 square feet are available. The buildings feature covered parking on the first level, convenient elevators and additional storage for each residence.

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What amenities and services are available?

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The Marshes of Skidaway Island boasts an elegant clubhouse, The Island Club, which features three dining rooms, the Bistro for casual dining, a well-stocked library, a computer center, a spacious ballroom, internet cafe, private dining room, card and game rooms, and the popular Island Club Lounge with a veranda overlooking the marsh.

The Palmetto Club includes an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, a well-equipped exercise area, a wood working shop, a pottery room and a greenhouse.

The campus has several large, beautiful park areas offering plenty of walking trails and space for a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

All interior and exterior maintenance of the residences are included in the monthly fees.

Additional services are available on an "à la carte" basis and include guest meals and catering, handyman and repair services, personal transportation and personal laundry services.

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What activities are available?

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A full-time Director of Community Life Services is on staff to plan events for the enjoyment of our residents. Community activities often include: shopping, trips, tours, theatrical events, educational programs, art classes, fitness classes, bridge tournaments, dinners, dances, day trips, overnight excursions, concerts, cocktail parties and much more.

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Are pets allowed?

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Pets are welcome as part of your family with the understanding that they will not be a nuisance to your neighbors.

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What about health care?

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The Oaks Health Center includes spacious residences for comprehensive assisted living, memory care and Medicare-certified skilled nursing care. Residents have access to our skilled therapy team that provides physical, occupational, speech and aqua therapy right on our campus. Therapy services are available to all residents in the comfort of their own home, or they may choose to receive these services in our fully-equipped gym. In addition, Home Health Care services are available to residents in order to provide up to 24-hour care in the comfort of your very own home. Wellness and fitness programs, medical screenings, and other health-related services are also included at The Marshes of Skidaway Island.

Your monthly fee provides for 90 days of care at The Oaks Health Center, in which you are not responsible for paying the daily rate. The daily rate covers skilled nursing needs, quality nursing care services and other on-site medical care. Following the 90 days you are responsible for covering the daily rate.

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Is there an initial fee to move into The Marshes of Skidaway Island?

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Residents pay a one-time 90% refundable entrance fee that entitles them to the exclusive right to live in the residence. This fee also provides them with complete access to all of the amenities and services offered at The Marshes of Skidaway Island, including The Oaks Health Center.

The entrance fee does not deliver title to the residence. If the resident leaves for any reason, 90% of the original entrance fee paid will be refunded to his or her estate.

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Is there a monthly fee?

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Yes. The monthly fee covers all of the amenities and services listed above, as well as the dining allowance per person, insurance and all in-home utilities except phone, internet and premium cable packages.

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How do I qualify for residency at The Marshes of Skidaway Island?

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In addition to having the income and resources to meet the financial requirements, you or your spouse must be at least 62 years of age and be capable of living independently. Residents must also meet the medical qualifications set forth in the residency agreement, which includes a medical examination.

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Sounds great, but why should I move to The Marshes of Skidaway Island? And why now?

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The Marshes of Skidaway Island is a resort-style retirement community located on beautiful Skidaway Island while still conveniently close to Savannah. This makes our community unique in many ways.

The Marshes offers elegant and active living, with the freedom to enjoy life without bothersome chores. Plus, it has the added security of an on-site health center if it is ever needed. The best time to move is when you are active and ready to enjoy the lifestyle you have worked so hard for and that so many of these amenities and services can provide.

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How can I become a resident?

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Click here to complete our online contact form and one of our sales counselors will be in touch. Or, you can simply stop by our Information Center located in The Island Club, our 27,000 square-foot clubhouse, or call us directly to set up an appointment:

Local: (912) 598-5030
Toll Free: (800) 889-6238

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