You have a lot of choices these days when it comes to selecting a home for your future. Many older adults don’t have any intention of downsizing and moving from their long-time homes, assuming that if the time comes that they require some assistance with daily activities, they’ll simply seek in-home care. Some seniors choose to downsize and move to a 55 and older neighborhood, where the floor plans may be slightly more manageable.
However, another very appealing senior housing option is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). CCRCs are also known as Life Plan communities because they offer a true plan and peace of mind for your future. Many choose CCRCs because they not only allow them to downsize comfortably to a spacious apartment, cottage or villa, but because they know that should their needs change in the years ahead, they’ll have access to services like assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and memory support.
Having that peace of mind for your future is no doubt a major perk of choosing a continuing care retirement community, but you might still have some hesitations about the lifestyle you can expect once you’re a resident of a CCRC. It’s common for seniors to picture structured days full of bingo, bland food or very little privacy. We’re here to tell you that those ideas could not be further from the reality of life in a continuing care retirement community!
Let’s take a look at what a typical day looks like for a resident at one of Springpoint Senior Living’s CCRCs.
You wake up, feeling refreshed and renewed after a good night’s sleep in your comfortable, quiet bedroom. When the weather is nice, you enjoy a cup of coffee out on your screened-in porch while reading the daily paper, which was delivered right to your door. Or, perhaps you head over to the café or bistro located right on campus for some tea, pastries and conversation with your friends.
After breakfast, you head to the fitness center or on-site pool to get your 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Or, you take a yoga class. Maybe you’ll attend a meeting of one of the community volunteer groups you’ve joined – welcome committee, scholarship fund, travel group – there are so many options! You might also head out to the local coffee shop to meet friends or to a local museum where you volunteer a couple hours of your time. There are just limitless possibilities that allow you to fill your days, both inside and outside of the communities, however you find most meaningful. After your morning events, it’s back to your apartment to relax and have some lunch, which you make in your beautiful, modern kitchen.
Your afternoons vary day by day. In fact, every day is different and engaging! You might choose to spend the afternoon working on a project in the craft center or woodworking shop, meet with your friends in the library to discuss the latest bestseller, or you may join others for an off-campus excursion to a local museum, theater, or shopping center.
Once a week before dinner, you’ll head to one of the inviting common spaces for a lively happy hour with other residents, where you’ll sip your favorite spirits while enjoying some engaging conversation or games.
Every evening, you’ll join your friends and neighbors for a delicious meal. No more worries about cooking just for one or two and cleaning up a sink full of dishes. You’ll enjoy freshly-prepared, menu options designed to delight every palate.
After dinner, you can choose to retire to your room for a restful evening of reading or watching your favorite television shows. Or, you might enjoy a performance from a musical group or dance troupe, an interesting lecture from a visiting speaker, or a movie night complete with popcorn and snacks.
The bottom line is how you choose to spend your days at a continuing care retirement community is completely up to you. Whether you’re highly involved in campus activities or you spend your days quietly enjoying your retirement in your new apartment home, no two resident lifestyles are alike. And that’s exactly how it should be.
You’ll find everything you need to live your best life at Springpoint’s continuing care retirement communities in New Jersey and Delaware. Our residents enjoy enriching lifestyles, spacious independent living options with all the upgrades, as well as access to a variety of services and amenities that make life easy.