Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community Right for You?
"Should I stay in my home or should I move?" This is a common question many older adults face. Fortunately, there are many options for retirement living. But remember, planning is key. After all, where and how you choose to live is not a decision to take lightly. Your future depends on it because where you live can impact how you age. So, if you're in the process of making this decision now, or in the future, consider the benefits of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Don't leave your care to chance.
What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?
CCRCs are a wonderful solution for independent, active and healthy seniors. Many older adults live in CCRCs for the vibrant campus life and security of knowing they have convenient access to the continuum of care if they should ever need it. Opportunities for learning, mental stimulation, diversity, and social involvement make these communities a smart choice for retirement. Did you know according to CNN Money, 70% of people over age 65 will need long-term care as they age? The good news is that CCRCs offer several levels of care on one campus. You truly can age in place regardless of changing care needs. Below are levels of care offered at Presbyterian Senior Living's Continuing Care Retirement Communities:
- Independent Living, sometimes referred to as Residential Living, is designed exclusively for seniors and may include apartments, villas, and/or cottages on the campus of a retirement community. Some CCRCs offer an on-site fitness center, clubhouse, or free use of fitness equipment. In addition, there are opportunities to engage in a variety of community activities, wellness programs, and games; an array of dining options; and access to supportive care services as part of the full CCRC continuum of care.
- Personal Care and Assisted Living offers an atmosphere where individualized care promotes independence and meaningful living. Personal Care and Assisted Living provide seniors with the support they need at individually customized levels. Staff work in concert with residents and their families to ensure each person's needs are met and that services are adjusted as those needs change. Plenty of social engagement, wellness programs, and three nutritious meals a day are included. Personal Care and Assisted Living offer a variety of private and semi-private accommodations, from rooms to studio apartments to one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments with kitchens.
- Memory Support provides care for people with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of memory impairment. The goal is to create an environment that is supportive, calm, and secure. With customized, structured care plans, you'll rest assured knowing you and/or a loved one is receiving the care needed to cope with memory loss.
- Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (short- and long-term) provides rehabilitative therapy, respite care, memory support; and when needed, hospice services for older adults. For those making the transition from hospital to home, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation can help make the transition a smooth one. Therapists, nursing staff, and other medical care professionals will make sure you receive the care you need to fully recover from your illness. The goal is to keep you in your home whenever possible.
To help you make the decision whether a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is the right choice for you, download our checklist below or contact us and tell us about your situation.
About Jane Erikson
Jane has over 20 years of experience in the retirement community industry. She joined Presbyterian Senior Living in 2003 and has been the Corporate Sales Director for Independent Living and Personal Care since 2004. In her role she especially enjoys working with the sales staff in all of our communities to plan fun and educational marketing events.