What Makes a Quality CCRC?

Posted by Lexington Square

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer a comprehensive, caring and secure living option for aging seniors as their financial circumstances and health change. CCRC also provide multi-levels of care depending on client needs. With the graying of our population and the growing senior demographics, CCRC are facing a positive future filled with an increased demand to provide services to seniors.

We also see an increasing number of seniors who move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community facility for the pure convenience. They’ve raised their families, and they no longer want to deal with housework, shopping, cooking, gardening, snow removal and the expenses for home repairs and maintenance. After all, CCRC provide both rental or buy-in options.

Trained Caretakers for Assisted Living

The stress of attempting to fulfill the role of a trained caretaker can be monumental even with the help of friends and family members. The caretakers frequently don’t even have the necessary time to grocery shop and cook full-course meals. Broken sleep patterns have an impact on the quality of life for the caretaker and his or her spouse, which contributes to added stress and tension. For people who have had the responsibility of providing care for a spouse at home, there is a great sense of relief.

With assisted living, that responsibility is now relinquished to the trained and routinely certified assisted living staff professionals. Since not all assisted living communities are licensed, find out if the one you are evaluating is licensed by your state.

Many seniors find that assisted living offers a fulfilling and independent lifestyle with fewer restrictions on transportation issues and increased opportunities for friendship and social activities.

Memory Care Assistance

Many CCRC include a memory care program. Here are a few questions to consider if memory care services are needed:

  • Is there a separate area within the CCRC for memory care?
  • Is the memory care progam licensed?
  • Is it a part of assisted living or nursing services?

Knowing the answer to these questions when making your final decision will ensure you or your loved one has the care plan that is needed for safety and security.

Independent Living Lifestyle

CCRC provide accommodations to seniors of any age and seniors in any life stage. From independent seniors seeking a social, stress-free lifestyle to those adults who require special attention and skilled nursing, a CCRC resident can enjoy many benefits, including:

  • A choice of an elegant studio or a one- or two-bedroom apartment home that eliminates having to navigate homes with stairs leading to multiple levels.
  • Increased opportunities for socialization has been shown to contribute to more activity and a healthier lifestyle for seniors than they would have had if they remained alone at home. This is true for both single and married couples.
  • Fine dining and access to a pool for residents, friends and family.
  • Numerous fun-filled, educational and recreational social activities.
  • Enhanced security for personal safety.

Where Do You Go For Questions?

For anyone considering a move to a CCRC, there are a variety of questions concerning the communities capabilities, certifications, etc. To that end, Lexington Square has created an outstanding resource guide titled 7 Questions to Ask When Screening Senior Living Communities. This free, downloadable guide is a perfect information source for seniors and their family members. It answers questions and provides a starting point for the best way to obtain additional information.