CCRCs are structured so that there is a continuum of care from independent living in a senior community to units that provide assistance with living and skilled nursing care. This combination is in great demand. In fact, a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found that people were willing to move greater distances to live in communities such as CCRCs that combine independent living with the option of assisted living, as opposed to those that offer independent living exclusively.
Care Provided for Life
CCRCs are designed to take care of the full range of needs that you might encounter as you age. A full spectrum of care is provided to you. Normally, you join when you are healthy and live independently in an apartment or cottage. You have the freedom of independent living while having access to many amenities designed for seniors. Knowing that your future healthcare needs are taken care of is a great source of comfort.
Transitioning to Higher Levels of Care
If your health care needs change, you can transition to higher levels of care without having to leave your community. For instance, if you start to need help with activities of daily living such as dressing or bathing, you can move into an assisted living unit. You remain in the same community and can continue to see your friends and family.
If you need temporary care after surgery or an accident, skilled nursing care is available to you as well. This type of care is also available if you or your spouse’s health declines. Many CCRCs offer specialized memory care in case you or your spouse was to develop Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
Staying With Your Spouse
If your spouse needs a different level of care than you do, you still remain in the same complex. In this case, your spouse is usually just a short walk away, and you wouldn’t have to travel far to see him or her. It may be possible to move into a CCRC jointly when one of you needs more advanced care than the other.