"Aging in place" is growing older without having to move. For example, seniors who are living in an Independent Retirement Community or Assisted Living facilities do not want to be moved to another facility when their health declines and their care needs increase. They want to stay in a familiar environment, surrounded by friends and activities that they have come to associate with "home."
CCRCs, (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) by definition offer the chance to age in place. CCRCs are made up of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, Skilled Nursing Centers and even on-site Rehabilitation, all in one senior community. As a resident grows older, and their health care needs progress, they are able to continue living in the same community. Although they may need to change to a different apartment, the people, atmosphere, food, activities and staff remain constant, thereby providing stability.
Age-Related Health Changes
As we age, the risk of health problems increases. When senior experience age-related changes, they are at higher risk for:
- Heart disease
- Memory loss
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Vision problems including macular degeneration and glaucoma
- Hearing loss
- Loss of muscle tone, flexibility and mobility
- Decreased strength and stamina
- Increased risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s and cancer
Vibrant, Healthy Seniors
A senior who is now vibrant, active and independent may eventually experience these age-related health conditions that will require them to have assistance with their daily living and health care. These healthy seniors can enjoy social activities, dining experiences and wellness programs, living a full and active retirement. They are secure in the knowledge that they will be well cared for should their health change.
Increasing Care Levels
Seniors can take advantage of a full range of care and services available as his or her health needs change without having to relocate. Residents usually begin in an independent living residence, transfer to assisted living, and if declining health dictates, move to an onsite intermediate or skilled nursing care facility.
Managing Health Costs
Many seniors feel secure in having a contractual arrangement with a CCRC for long-term care that covers the extensive and burdensome cost of nursing home care.
Hospice care is even provided at assisted living facilities so that when their time comes, residents may depart in familiar personal surroundings.
A Life Choice
Aging in Place cuts back on the hassle of relocating, but it also provides a sense of continuity and strength to the aging individual and their family.
Brookdale Senior Living offers multiple levels of care which may include Independent Living, Personalized Assisted Living, Clare Bridge Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, and an on-site Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. This combination of services and living arrangements enables residents to age in place within the components of our campus in order to remain near their family and friends while receiving care from those they trust. Find a Brookdale Community near to you.
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