What do Continuing Care Retirement Communities Have to Offer?
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If you are unsure what continuing care retirement communities or CCRCs, are then you are not alone. Many individuals do not understand the purpose of these communities or the opportunities that they offer. CCRCs are actually aimed at catering to seniors that want to stay in one place as their needs begin to change. They have amenities and services aimed at meeting the needs of active seniors and have the ability to offer care all the way through to the end of life. These communities have increased in popularity and offer varying levels of care at one location in order to accommodate the ever-changing needs of seniors. These communities have a lot to offer.
First of all, they are able to offer seniors with the opportunity to live an active lifestyle. CCRCs offer a number of different activities and amenities. Each of these is aimed to appeal to newly retired seniors that are, and wish to stay, active. You may find that the community is on a golf course, has a large swimming pool, and even offers spa services. There are just a few of the many examples of the type of things these communities offer to seniors. They also typically provide services like transportation, security, housekeeping, laundry, and meals. Each community is different, and the services may change according to where you are, but each one should have an extensive list.
Second, most are going to provide care until the end of life. Yes, there are amenities provided that are designed at appealing to seniors that are active. However, CCRCs provide care aimed at meeting the personal and the medical needs of seniors. The type of personal care that is provided within assisted living communities and when a resident moves into a nursing home is provided at a CCRC. There are CCRCs that will also provide medical services on site that seniors would typically have to go to the hospital to receive. The appeal of a CCRC is that the senior does not have to find another home when the level of care that is needed begins to increase. Younger seniors move in with the peace of mind that they will always be able to receive care from this type of community.
Most CCRCs require that the residents are active and relatively healthy when they move in. Many face the barrier of upfront fees that are rather expenses. However, payment plans are available and vary based on the community you are considering. Monthly rates, however, are typically frozen at a predetermined level throughout the stay of the resident, regardless of the increase of health care needs. This quality is common among most CCRCs. You and your loved ones should discuss and carefully consider whether or not a CCRC is right for you before making a decision.
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