Living at The Esquiline, A Life Plan Community at The Shrine
Located in Belleville, Illinois, The Esquiline is a Life Plan Community, also known as a continuing care retirement community. At The Esquiline, you’ll find unmatched natural beauty, engaging recreational opportunities, spiritual enrichment and more.
The benefit of living at The Esquiline is that once you have chosen to reside here, you need never worry about moving again. The campus offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care all on one campus. With a variety of truly affordable retirement plans, it’s easy to find the right one for you.
Explore your living options and learn more about the Life Plan Community structure below.
What is a Life Plan Community?
A Life Plan Community is a type of retirement community that offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. That’s why they’re also known as continuing care retirement communities or CCRCs—they offer a continuum of care.
Life Plan Communities are popular options for older adults who like to plan ahead. At a Life Plan Community, you’ll have options for future care all on one campus should you ever need them.
Until that day comes, you can enjoy the active lifestyle you’re used to in independent living. It’s easy to do the things you love when someone else is taking care of maintenance and housekeeping.
CCRCs vs. Life Plan Communities
For those researching their living options, the terms can become a little confusing. Many people wonder, “are CCRCs different from Life Plan Communities?”
Life Plan Communities are actually the same as CCRCs. In the past, the more common term for this community type was “CCRC.” Now, many communities refer to themselves as Life Plan Communities to better represent the active and flexible lifestyle options available.
As you continue your research, don’t be surprised if you see the two terms used interchangeably.
Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Care
As we touched on above, independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care are the different levels of care offered at Life Plan Communities. Here’s an overview of what each of those provide access to—although keep in mind that it can vary depending on contract type:
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|Independent Living||Assisted Living||Skilled Nursing|
|Social Activities & Events|
|Services and Amenities|
|Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)|
|Medication Administration by Nursing Staff|
|Advanced Assistance with ADLs|
|Therapy (Physical, Speech, or Occupational)|
Life Plan Community Costs and Fees Explained
Life Plan Communities usually require an entrance fee, as well as monthly charges. Entrance fees are typically up-front fees required to move into the community while monthly fees are dependent on your contract choice and housing type.
How Much Does the Esquiline Cost?
The Esquiline is a non-profit under the auspices of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Our goals are centered around service, not turning a profit.
The entrance and monthly fees at The Esquiline for independent living vary based on the apartment type and fee plan you select. For independent living rates, contact us.
In assisted living, monthly care fees range from $3,580-$4,350, depending on the apartment type. In skilled nursing, the daily rate for a semi-private room is $247.
Benefits of a Life Plan Community
While it’s true that Life Plan Communities can be more expensive than other retirement community types, they come with many advantages, including:
- Financial Stability. With fees clearly defined in your contract, you won’t have to guess at your financial future.
- Future Planning. You’ll have access to assisted living and skilled nursing care if your health needs ever change.
- Active, Engaging Lifestyles. Living at a Life Plan Community means living life at your pace, with plenty of social activities, events, and outings to choose from.
- Convenience. Homeownership can be a hassle. At a Life Plan Community, there’s no more worrying about leaking roofs or unshoveled snow.
- Peace of Mind. You and your family can rest easy as you enjoy an active, independent lifestyle with security and safety systems in place.
Services and Amenities: What to Look For
Life Plan Communities aren’t one-size-fits-all. Each community will offer different services and amenities tailored to residents.
Common services and amenities include:
- Dining programs
- Community areas
- Social programming
- Health and wellness services
- Emergency alert systems
Beyond those, many communities will offer things like community gardens, educational classes, or workshops dedicated to resident interests like crafting or woodworking. When choosing a Life Plan Community, you’ll want to look at the services and amenities offered to see if they suit your interests.
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Types of Life Plan Communities: Non-profit vs. For-profit
There are both for-profit and non-profit Life Plan Communities. Here’s how the two differ:
- For-profit communities have investors or shareholders who receive a share of the profits. The community typically also receives a share of the profits to reinvest in the location and services.
- Non-profit communities keep profits within the organization. They do not have to answer to outside shareholders.
Life at The Esquiline
At The Esquiline, our motto is “Live Intentionally.” Our energetic activities team has created an atmosphere where interests are explored with gusto, giving you complete freedom to craft the life you want. From classes and book clubs to cocktail hours, our diverse schedule of activities is sure to keep you busy.
In addition to getting involved at The Esquiline, we encourage you to also experience what the greater community has to offer. Our drivers are waiting to escort you to local shopping, four-star restaurants, riverboat gambling, antiquing, eagle watching along the Great River Road, and much more.
We believe in living well by nurturing the mind, body, and spirit. Learn more about our four dimensions of wellness philosophy to see how we provide opportunities to strengthen your physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellness.
A Faith-Based Retirement Community
One of The Esquiline’s most unique attributes is that it’s a faith-based retirement community. Although we have strong Catholic roots, we’re open to all faiths.
We’re located at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows amidst 200 acres of beautiful wooded grounds. In addition to the sacred spaces offered at the shrine, you’ll be able to enjoy:
- A dedicated pastoral staff, including Catholic priests and a Protestant minister
- Beautiful chapel available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Daily Mass, weekly Protestant services, and morning prayer in the garden
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