Lifestyle & Care Options in Senior Living Communities

May 11, 2022

Senior living has evolved in so many ways over the years. There was a time when it was only an option for seniors whose medical needs were such that they could no longer be cared for at home. Now, not only are there a variety of different care options in senior living communities but there are also different lifestyle experiences. As such, more and more seniors are now moving to senior living while perfectly healthy for services and amenities that will help them make the most of life both today and tomorrow. Here are the lifestyle and care options available.

Independent Living

Ideal for seniors who don’t yet need assistance, but who want to spend their days enjoying their interests and passions instead of chores and household responsibilities, independent living focuses more on lifestyle than care. Amenities may include home maintenance, housekeeping, restaurant-style dining, concierge services, fitness center, transportation, and a full calendar of social events, activities, and enrichment opportunities. Our luxury apartments offer 26 floor plans from which to choose.

Assisted Living

In senior living communities, you’ll find that assisted living is similar to independent living in terms of the amenities and social as well as enrichment opportunities. However, assisted living is a care option that offers assistance with daily tasks like bathing and dressing as needed, while still living as independently as possible. In addition, we offer 24-hour staffing and onsite health specialists who support each resident with a specialized care program, all in an inviting, home-like setting.

Memory Care

Designed just for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, memory care features staff specially trained in memory care, 24-hour support, and a safe, yet comfortable setting. Because dementia affects the entire family, it requires a uniquely flexible care plan that not only supports the specific needs of the resident but also gives peace of mind to families. Our memory care program offers enrichment activities as well as fitness and social opportunities that help residents to make the most of life as well.

Skilled Nursing

In senior living communities, skilled nursing is the most intensive care option available. Here you’ll find round-the-clock and/or specialized care such as treating wounds, intravenous (IV) therapy, injections, and catheter care as well as monitoring vitals and medical equipment. Although it’s primarily a medical setting, we offer a personalized experience with stimulating social and recreational activities as well as dining services and a range of amenities.

Respite Care in Senior Living Communities

This care option is designed primarily to give caregivers a break or to support recovery after an illness or injury. In some senior living communities, it’s also offered as an option to try out what life is like in a community setting. While respite care is a short-term stay, seniors enjoy life as a typical resident would with comfortable accommodations as well as access to support, amenities, and activities.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

CCRCs are senior living communities that offer multiple care options on one campus. This allows seniors to remain in the same community even as their health needs change over time, in most cases. Benefits include the financial flexibility of paying less for independent living now and then move to a higher level of care if needed later as well as the added convenience and peace of mind of being able to stay in the same place, with friends, familiar surroundings and continuity of care over time. CCRCs will typically require an initial entry fee which is an up-front, one-time expense that you might consider as a down payment for your future, in addition to the monthly fee.

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