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Senior Living Explained: What Is a CCRC?

As we age, the prospect of retirement often brings thoughts of relaxation, freedom and the pursuit of long-delayed passions. However, for many seniors, the concern about future care needs can overshadow the excitement of this new chapter.

That’s where Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) come into play. In this blog, we’ll answer the question, “What is a CCRC?” and explain the levels of care they offer, the associated costs and the numerous benefits they provide.

What is a CCRC?

CCRCs (also known as Life Plan Communities), like the ones found at Diakon Senior Living, are more than just residential options for seniors; they represent a comprehensive approach to aging gracefully while ensuring access to appropriate care.

These communities are designed to cater to the evolving needs of seniors as they transition through different stages of aging, offering a range of services and housing options within one convenient location.

 Levels of Care at a CCRC

Continuing Care Retirement Communities provide different levels of care so you can get the health services you need if and when they are necessary. The levels of care at a CCRC include:

Independent Living

Independent living within a CCRC is tailored for active seniors who relish their freedom and independence. Residents typically live

in private apartment homes or charming cottages, each designed for comfort and accessibility.

Beyond the confines of their living spaces, Diakon’s residents have access to many amenities and social activities, fostering a vibrant community atmosphere where friendships flourish and new adventures await.

Personal Care

For seniors who require more support with daily tasks, personal care services within a CCRC offer the perfect balance of independence and assistance.

At Diakon, trained professionals are on hand to provide personalized care and support with activities such as bathing, dressing and medication management. Residents can rest assured knowing that help is readily available while maintaining their dignity and autonomy.

Memory Care

Memory care programs within CCRCs are specially crafted to meet the unique needs of individuals grappling with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory-related conditions.

These programs provide a safe and nurturing environment where residents can thrive, surrounded by compassionate caregivers who understand their challenges and provide personalized support.

From tailored activities to sensory stimulation, every aspect of memory care within a CCRC focuses on enhancing residents’ quality of life and preserving their dignity.

Skilled Nursing

For older adults with complex medical needs requiring around-the-clock attention, skilled nursing care within a CCRC offers the highest level of support and expertise.

Whether recovering from surgery, managing chronic illnesses or navigating the complexities of aging, Diakon residents receive compassionate care from skilled professionals trained to address their unique health concerns.

With state-of-the-art services and a holistic approach to wellness, CCRCs ensure that seniors receive the highest standard of care in a comfortable and nurturing environment.

The options at Diakon Senior Living embody the concept of aging in place, allowing seniors to remain within the same community as their care needs evolve.

By offering a continuum of care under one roof, Continuing Care Retirement Communities provide peace of mind for residents and their families, knowing that comprehensive support and services are always within reach.

From independent living to skilled nursing care, these communities empower seniors to embrace their golden years with confidence, dignity and the assurance of a fulfilling lifestyle.

Benefits of a CCRC

There are so many benefits to moving to a CCRC. As you’re exploring your senior living options, keep these in mind:

Comprehensive Care

Choosing a CCRC offers seniors and their families the invaluable benefit of comprehensive care. Residents have access to a continuum of care services tailored to their evolving needs, all within the same community.

Whether transitioning from independent living to personal care or requiring skilled nursing care, residents can seamlessly navigate higher levels of care without the stress and upheaval of relocating to a new community.

This continuity of care ensures that seniors receive the support they need when they need it, promoting a sense of security and stability throughout their retirement years.

Peace of Mind 

One of the most significant advantages of living in a CCRC is the unparalleled peace of mind it provides. Knowing that a range of care services is readily available on-site offers reassurance to both residents and their families.

There’s also comfort in knowing that if health needs change or unexpected challenges arise, residents won’t have to uproot their lives or face the uncertainty of finding suitable care elsewhere.

This peace of mind allows seniors to embrace their retirement years with confidence, free from the worries and anxieties often associated with aging.

Maintenance-Free Living

Many CCRCs like Diakon offer maintenance-free living arrangements, relieving residents of the responsibilities of homeownership. From lawn care and landscaping to home repairs and property upkeep, dedicated staff take care of the daily hassles of maintaining a home, allowing residents to focus on what truly matters: enjoying their retirement and pursuing their passions.

This newfound freedom from household chores and maintenance tasks empowers seniors to live more fulfilling and carefree lives, immersing themselves in the vibrant community atmosphere and engaging in activities that bring them joy and fulfillment.

All-Inclusive Amenities

CCRCs are renowned for their extensive array of amenities and services, designed to enhance residents’ quality of life and promote overall well-being.

From gourmet dining options and fitness centers to recreational activities and social events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy within the confines of the community at Diakon.

Whether it’s swimming laps in the pool, attending an art class or joining a book club, residents have ample opportunities to stay active, engaged and connected with their peers.

Additionally, amenities such as transportation services and on-site healthcare services further contribute to the convenience and comfort of life in a CCRC, ensuring that residents have everything they need right at their fingertips.

The benefits of living in a CCRC are far-reaching and profound. They offer seniors a holistic approach to retirement living that prioritizes their health, happiness and well-being.

From comprehensive care services and peace of mind to maintenance-free living and an abundance of amenities, CCRCs provide a nurturing environment where seniors can thrive throughout their golden years.

What Does a CCRC Cost?

CCRCs typically require an entrance fee, which can vary depending on factors such as location, size of the residence and level of care selected.

Residents are responsible for paying monthly fees in addition to the entrance fee. These fees cover accommodation, meals, utilities and access to amenities and services.

While the initial cost of entry into a CCRC may seem daunting, it’s essential to consider the long-term value and peace of mind these communities provide.

For more information about entrance fees, please see our previous blog!

Retirement at a Diakon Senior Living Services Community

At Diakon Senior Living communities, we understand the importance of finding a place to call home where you can enjoy your retirement years to the fullest while having access to high-quality care if and when you need it.

CCRCs like those offered by Diakon Senior Living communities provide seniors with the opportunity to embrace retirement with confidence, knowing that comprehensive care and support are always within reach. Say goodbye to worries about future care needs and hello to a vibrant and fulfilling retirement lifestyle.

Ready to embark on the next chapter of your retirement journey? Discover the benefits of living in a Diakon Senior Living Services community today. Contact us to find the closest community near you and take the first step toward a fulfilling and worry-free retirement.

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