Senior Care: Continuing Care Communities
Aging comes with specific needs. And these needs can vary greatly from person to person. They can also change throughout a person’s life. That’s why continuing care communities are a great option for someone looking for comfort and accommodation that will follow them throughout their twilight years.
What is a Continuing Care Community?
This type of facility is a community for elderly people that can accommodate a person with all of their health needs throughout their aging years. The main point of the community is to allow a person to stay in one location for the rest of their lives. There are separate buildings depending on care needs or buildings are sectioned off based on specialization.
General areas include: Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Support.
These areas begin with the most independent to the one with the most restrictions and the most assistance. A person in independent living will typically live life as normal- just in the same housing area. People in assisted living do not have their own kitchen in their apartments. They share a dining area and recreational areas with other residents. A person generally starts living in the independent living areas of the community until the need for more help becomes necessary.
Eligibility and Exceptions
There is an application process to be accepted at a community like this. An application is reviewed based on the applicant’s: health, income, age, gender, and marital status.
These facilities take special consideration into who they accept due to their agreement to remain responsible for the resident until their death. A resident in assisted living costs the facility significantly more than a person in independent living. The people assessing the applications must determine what level of risk is involved with the applicant. Furthermore, they must also ensure that the resident can pay for the rest of their life.
Continuing Care Communities vs.Nursing Home
The main difference between a continuing care community and a nursing hime is that this community is a place that can accommodate all of a person’s need as they age. People don’t need to move to a new community when they need more or different help. These residences also tend to cost more than other housing options for seniors.
Progression of Assistance When Needs Change
Moving can be traumatic, especially when physical or mental limitations are present. That’s why the progression in these homes is ideal. Seniors don’t have to move when their needs change. This specific environment allows for a senior to enjoy life in independent living for as long as possible. In independent living, there are no restrictions. Seniors can come and go as they please. They also have more privacy.
When the time does come, the transition to the assisted living is easier. This easy transition is key for a point in life that many people don’t adjust to well. This move is made easier because the residents are familiar with their surroundings and staff. When aging and needs progress, and the senior needs to move to the memory support, it is yet again an easier transition.
You can enter into the facility at any point through the process of aging. However, there are generally financial incentives for joining when a person is independent. A community may charge a patient a substantially higher move-in fee for the assisted living or memory support housing. Assisted living and memory support housing costs the facility more. That’s why the charges are higher if someone moves in at this point instead of at the independent living stage.
It’s important for your loved ones to be cared for properly. Constant change can reduce a person’s quality of life and cause further health issues. At this tender age, a person’s health and mental capacity are fragile to say the least. Keeping consistency helps them feel comfortable and secure. It also keeps them in a familiar place with people that they know. You and your loved one will get to know the staff, facility, and routine. Security and comfort at the most important things you can look for in any type of facility you choose.