How Continuing Care Retirement Communities Improve Quality of Life
in Blog, Living Options
07 Jun 2018
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is a retirement community that offers accommodations for independent living, personal care as well as rehabilitation services. CCRC’s provide residents with a seamless continuum of care where a person can spend the rest of his or her life, moving between levels of care as needed.
CCRC’s offer quite a few advantages that could be just what you’re looking for in a retirement community! No matter where you are in your search process, you should be sure to consider a CCRC for the various unique benefits they provide to their residents.
In independent living apartments, residents gain all the benefits of living independently, with none of the stress or worry that might come with living alone as you age. Additionally, you gain an active community of friends who share your hobbies and interests. And specifically at the Middletown Home, we welcome pets – so you can bring your furry or feathered loved one alone with you!
The independent living component of a CRCC can be the first place residents choose to live. Though they are not yet at the point where they need additional care, should they ever need personal care in the future, the options are quite literally right around the corner.
With personal care, residents receive top quality, full-service care to maintain the highest quality of life. Residents most often move from an apartment to a single room where nurses and caregivers can monitor their care around the clock. In some instances, residents may only spend a short time in personal care after an accident or illness until they regain health. Once they are cleared, they may move back into their independent living apartment. The ability for residents of a CRCC to transition back and forth, and back again, as often as needed – all within the same facility – is a huge benefit.
Fitness and Rehabilitation Gym
The Middletown Home is unique in that it is a CRCC that also offers a newly constructed, state-of-the-art fitness and rehabilitation gym. This gym contains all the equipment necessary to help patients from the CRCC, and from the community, rehab after an injury or surgery. True to the “continuing care” piece of CRCCs, the fitness and rehabilitation gym is one more valuable resource residents gain from living in a CRCC.
Among the four main components of a CRCC that we discussed above, another benefit is the ability to seamlessly transitions between any of these types of care as often as needed. The best part is that residents still remain a part of a single community and maintain the same lifestyle and quality of care that they’ve grown accustomed to. For senior adults, multiple transitions to new living facilities in a short amount of time can be stressful and confusing. CRCCs offer the benefit of minimizing your loved one from feeling “uprooted” by make transitions as seamless as possible.
In addition to the ease of transitions is the cost savings. As you might imagine, living the rest of your life as a resident of a single retirement community reduces costs often incurred when transitions take place between facilities. Plus moving personal items is also quick and easy. Most CRCCs will work with families on reduced costs or payment plans because of the existing relationship.
Speaking of relationships, one of the biggest benefits of living in a CRCC is that residents are able to foster deep and meaningful relationship that last them the rest of their life. Because of the continuum of care, both residents and staff tend to stay a lot longer. This allows residents consistency and stability in their friendships, which become increasingly important as we age.
Are you interested in learning more about Continuing Care Retirement Communities and their unique benefits? Let us answer your questions! Contact us today.