There’s no denying that today’s seniors are healthier and feeling younger than ever. However, aging inevitably brings changes to your health and lifestyle, and for this reason, it’s important to have a secure plan for your future needs. At Springpoint, we understand you still have a lot you’d like to accomplish in your retirement years, whether that’s spending a month traveling through Europe or finally sitting down to write your memoirs, and you want to spend this time living your best life.
This is where moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) while you’re still active and independent becomes key to a secure, healthy future. What does this “continuum of care” really mean? The phrase refers to the increasing level of care services you may need as you continue to age. A CCRC, also known as a Life Plan community, by definition must offer these varying levels of care to residents, from independent living options to assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care services.
Seniors today have a variety of housing options available, from 55-and-older neighborhoods, independent living apartments, assisted living communities and so on. And, many senior living communities may only offer one or a few levels of care on site. The benefit of a continuing care retirement community is that residents enjoy a true continuum of care and they can rest easy knowing that, should their health needs ever change, the level of supportive services they require can adjust to those needs.
Let’s take a closer look at the stages throughout the continuum of care:
Independent living options are ideal for seniors who want to live an active, maintenance-free lifestyle. They may not need any assistance with daily activities like bathing or dressing, but they appreciate the help with tasks like housekeeping or lawn care, as it allows them to spend more time on activities they find most important. Studies show that older adults who make the move to a community also experience increased health benefits that lead to better longevity and a higher quality of life.
Assisted living, or personal care services, allows residents to live as independently as possible while receiving the right amount of care allowing them to thrive. There comes a time when living alone may no longer be an option due to escalated health concerns or chronic conditions that make it difficult to complete daily tasks. For those who are experiencing a decline in overall health, assisted living communities can provide health services and assistance with daily living activities such as dressing and grooming, cooking, and medication management.
A skilled nursing care facility, or skilled nursing home, provides the highest level of care for seniors outside of a general hospital setting. With 24-hour medical care from licensed nurses, skilled nursing facilities are designed for seniors who have chronic conditions that require constant monitoring. Alongside routine daily care, skilled nursing homes often provide rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy for those who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery.
For individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, memory care services provide 24-hour support and structured activities to provide the best quality of life. The staff at memory care facilities are specially trained in treating those with dementia by creating a calm and peaceful home in a secure, comfortable environment.
When considering a move to a senior living community, it’s important to understand this continuum of care and the impact it has on your future. Many seniors choose a community based on location, amenities and the lifestyle offered, but the availability of care levels provided is also vital. Both you and your loved ones alike will have peace of mind for your future, knowing that if you require a higher level of care later in life, you’ll receive it in the location you already call home.
To learn more about our vibrant continuing care retirement communities in New Jersey and Delaware, please contact us today.