How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices
For many, living at home may be desirable, but it’s not practical for the long term. In these cases, there are a number of different types of communities from
which to choose. Learn the differences between each and how to identify them below.
Continuum of Care
One of the most important factors to consider when exploring retirement communities is which phase(s) along the continuum of care the community is equipped to
serve. The term “continuum of care” refers to the increased level of health care services that may be required as a person ages, beginning with independent
living and progressing to personal care or assisted living and then around-the-clock skilled nursing care.
Almost all retirement communities for people age 55+, including active adult living, independent living, and senior apartments, serve those who are either
able to live independently or who require only limited supportive living services. If a more advanced level of care is required, the resident would need to
move to an off-site health care facility.
A Continuing Care Retirement Community—often referred to as a CCRC or Life Plan Community- is the only type of retirement community that offers a full
continuum of care, from independent living to advanced skilled nursing services. CCRCs cater to active retirees who are able to live independently today but
who seek the peace of mind that comes with knowing their future health care needs will be met by the community, thus reducing potential stress and hardship
for the resident and other family members.
Yet, all CCRCs are not alike. Many communities require a significant financial commitment in exchange for access to health care services. Choosing the right
community is an important decision. If you are considering a CCRC, ask about the type of residency contract(s) available, financial stability of the
community, quality of care, and experience of the management team.
Closer to Home
As a CCRC, Friends Homes offers residents a full continuum of care. This means that when residents make their move to our community, they can receive the same
benefits and amenities you find at most active adult communities but with the added assurance of a team of healthcare professionals right on campus to provide
the level of care they need whenever they need it. That means if something were to ever happen, our residents never need to worry about moving—they can enjoy
services right in our home community.
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