A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) has been more recently coined as a life plan community. The terminology makes sense when the definition of this type of community is considered; it is a particular type of retirement community where residents can transition seamlessly through the various levels of care provided, allowing for a solid plan for life. Healthy, active seniors can choose to live an independent living apartment or patio home, and should their health needs change, supportive services like assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation are available, providing a true continuum of care.
Life plan communities offer a true way to age in place. Not only do they provide peace of mind for the future, but it’s also reported that many seniors living in these communities are active and healthier longer than those seniors living alone.
There are some definite benefits to choosing to reside in a life plan community/CCRC, including:
• A variety of services and amenities for comfortable living. Residents enjoy private, personalized living spaces without having to worry about any of the maintenance involved with home ownership. No more shoveling snow or yard work, and some light housekeeping tasks are also generally included. On top of that, services and amenities like scheduled transportation, various dining options, and 24- hour security also make life easy.
• A focus on health and wellness. Healthy living is a key component to successful aging, and CCRCs provide wellness programs to keep residents active in mind, body and spirit. Most campuses have fitness centers on-site and offer a variety of classes designed specifically for seniors.
• Decreasing concerns of loved ones. It’s common for adult children to worry about aging parents’ future needs, especially for those who live a distance away. Moving into a life plan community provides loved ones with the comfort of knowing any of their aging parents’ healthcare needs will be met through the continuum of care.
• Planned social activities to stay engaged with others. Social wellness is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, and CCRCs make social activities a priority. Maintaining relationships with peers helps seniors stay connected to the world around them, and can even lessen the impact of chronic conditions, improve memory, and decrease the risk for depression.
• Different levels of care available for spouses when needed. It’s not uncommon for married couples to have varying healthcare needs. For instance, perhaps one spouse is still mostly independent and needs no assistance with daily activities, yet the other spouse needs memory support. At a continuing care retirement community, the couple can still live together in close proximity on the same campus and spend time together daily, all while receiving just the right level of care needed.
At Concordia Life Care Community, we offer a full spectrum of health care in addition to independent living. Residents enjoy maintenance-free living at its finest, with priority access to our supportive services as it becomes necessary. Contact Concordia today to learn more, or schedule a visit to see our available residences.