A continuing care retirement community (CCRC), sometimes referred to as a life-care community, provides for the needs of a very diverse range of residents as they age. Continuing care facilities may provide independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care in a single residence.
Continuing care facilities are designed so that residents can move in while their needs are still light—and can provide progressively advanced care as needs increase. The benefit of choosing a continuing care community is that the resident’s needs can be provided for in one place, without having to undergo a stressful move or search for a new facility.
Continuing care communities are designed for elderly residents to move in while they still live relatively independently—and to stay for the rest of life. As residents’ medical needs change, the level of service increases to provide for them. Residents are closely monitored and care levels are adjusted as needed. If a major illness or injury requires the resident to be hospitalized, he or she can return to the residence after treatment and receive ongoing care if needed.
Continuing care isn’t right for everyone. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering continuing care for a loved one.
Many potential residents sell their homes in order to come up with the cash necessary to buy into a continuing care community. However, in a difficult housing market, this option has become less possible for some.
There are a variety of things to consider when choosing a continuing care residence. Here are a few questions you should ask:
Choosing end-of-life care is never easy. Continuing care retirement communities are an excellent option for those who don’t want to move again later—when their medical needs may be more dire. While not everyone can afford continuing care, it’s an excellent option for those who can make it work.