Continuing Care Retirement Communities – All In One Senior Living Option
A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is a facility that offers accommodation for assisted living, independent living, and nursing home care. Aging seniors can spend the rest of their lives in continuing care retirement communities. They are also referred to as life plan communities that offer residents levels of care.
Most people, as they grow older, would love to live at home through their old age. However, since CCRCs offer different types of care under one roof, they also allow different kinds of aging. It doesn’t matter if residents are not living in their original residence. The best continuing care retirement community is one that will enable people only to move once. When your needs are different, you have to move to a separate area in the same facility instead of another facility altogether.
When choosing a continuing care retirement community, you need to consider the types of services offered, the advantages, disadvantages, costs, and the CCRC’s contractual obligations.
What Is A Continuing Care Retirement Community?
As previously defined, CCRCs offer different types of services under one roof for seniors. Depending on the space available, the accommodation includes cottages, houses, townhouses, clusters, apartments, and duplexes. Although settings might be different, most CCRCs have the following features:
• Activity centers
• Common dining room
• Outdoor recreation (especially swimming pools)
• Social events (outings to events such as museums and theaters)
CCRCs are also known as life care communities, life plan communities, lifetime communities, or continuing care communities.
What To Look For In the Best CCRC Facility?
Besides checking the continuing care services, potential residents should also explore the details of the CCRCs they are considering. Some CCRC is accredited by CARF (Commission On Accreditation Of Rehabilitation Facilities). Accreditation is lengthy and should be renewed every five years. If a CCRC is accredited, there is an ongoing annual reporting process within the five years.
When looking at potential CCRCs, you need to ask the following types of questions.
• What happens the facilities are full?
• Is there a reciprocal agreement with the nearby community?
• Is the staff trained? Are there criminal background checks in place before employment?
• What is the staff-to-patient ratio in each living facility?
• Is the facility clean, well-maintained, and safe?
• Is there a unit dedicated to people suffering from memory loss illnesses such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s?
• Can a resident participate in the decision-making process for the facility? Is there a role dedicated to residents who want to be involved?
• Does the facility culture match the residents? For example, is the place formal with blazers required in the dining area, or is it casual?
Before choosing the facility:
Explore the health and wellness activities as well as the social events.
Don’t look simply at the independent living quarters. It would help if you also visited the assisted living and nursing home facilities to get a better idea of what they have to offer.
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