In this article:
- Understanding CCRC
- Key Features of CCRC
- Benefits of CCRC for Seniors
- Healthcare Services and Amenities
- Choosing the Right CCRC for Senior Living
Continuing care retirement communities, also known as CCRCs, are a long-term care option for older adults who want to stay in the same community through different phases of againg. By blending together independence, support, and care into one community, a CCRC like those offered by Five Star Senior Living can provide you with a seamless transition from independent living to assisted living to memory care.
Key Features of CCRCs
At the heart of a CCRC is the continuum of care. This concept ensures residents can smoothly transition between different senior living lifestyle options. For example, if a resident living in an independent living community begins to need assistance with activities of daily living like dressing or medication management that resident doesn’t need to move to a new community—they can continue to live in the same community while receiving the support they need with assisted living. If more comprehensive care is needed, residents can move into a memory care neighborhood. This structure is ideal if you’re looking for a stable, long-term living solution that adapts to your changing needs.
Benefits of a CCRC for Seniors
If you’ve ever moved from an apartment, condo, or house, you know physically and emotionally taxing it can be. Choosing a CCRC means you won’t have to relocate again if your needs change. You can continue to live in the same familiar community with team members you know and trust.
When you move into independent living, you’ll enjoy the freedom to live each day your way knowing your needs like home maintenance, food, and more are taken care of. You can engage and unwind at your own pace with a variety of social and recreational activities. When you move into independent living, you’ll enjoy a host of benefits that can make your life easier, more enjoyable, and more fulfilling like a sense of community, security and peace of mind, and the ability to choose between staying at home with a good book or joining friends for an evening of live entertainment.
If your needs evolve, you can transition to assisted living for additional support with your activities of daily living. A CCRC can provide you with the flexibility to transition to assisted living without having to move to a new community. This can be a great option for seniors who want to stay in their familiar surroundings and continue to live independently for as long as possible. Assisted living provides a range of services to help seniors with activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, and medication management. The level of care you receive will depend on your individual needs. Some CCRCs offer a variety of assisted living options, so you can choose the level of care that is right for you.
For residents who require specialized care for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, a CCRC will provide memory care services. If a resident of a CCRC transitions to memory care the additional level of familiarity with the layout and planning of the community will cause less disruptions to their lives. Five Star’s National Director of Memory Care Lauren Strouse says that the clinical benefits are tremendous.
”The clinical teams would already have a good background on the resident’s previous medical history and care teams are able to easily communicate to provide consistent care and routines as someone changes care levels,” she said. “This allows for teams to more quickly identify changes from the resident’s baseline and addresses any acute illness or change in condition more proactively.”
Additionally, memory care residents will have built strong and loving relationships with community team members which results in better care and engagement for residents.
Five Star Senior Living offers the Montessori-based Bridge to Rediscovery lifestyle program that focuses on personalized and compassionate care.
Healthcare Services and Amenities
CCRCs offer an array of services that cater to all of your needs. Many communities also offer first class amenities and engaging activities that ensure you lead a vibrant, active lifestyle. Programs like Five Star Senior Living’s Lifestyle360 program include fitness classes, community game nights, visiting speakers, themed parties, social hours, and more.
Choosing the Right CCRC for Senior Living
Selecting the right CCRC is about thinking about what aligns with you and your needs. It’s important to consider factors like location, amenities, and finances.
Choosing the best CCRC is about finding a place where you can enjoy your retirement . At Five Star Senior living, we are committed to providing a living experience that respects your autonomy while offering you the care and support you need through your golden years. Discover a world of choice, unparalleled comfort, and a community that honors you. Find a CCRC community today.
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