The decision to move into a senior living community is a big one. Often, seniors and their families are working together on the best course of action. Two questions we hear often at Brandermill Woods are, when is the right time for me to move into a senior living community, and what level of care is right for me or my loved one?
This decision is incredibly personal and varies from senior to senior. The right time depends on your goals: do you want to enjoy the amenities and social network an independent living community provides, or do you want to wait until you need day-to-day assistance before moving out of your home?
To help you plan ahead and to demystify the process about moving into a senior living community, below is some information about each level of care you might find in a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC. It should be noted that a CCRC designates a special senior living community where you are able to age in place, with the security of knowing that the next level of care is there when you need it.
Independent Living: Independent living is just that: independent. Whether it’s in a cottage or an apartment, you have your own home in a neighborhood of like-minded seniors—seniors who want to get the most out of their retirement. This level of care is about seeking new adventures and enjoying the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of, free from the hassles of home maintenance and hard work.
Assisted Living: Assisted living shares many of the same qualities as independent living—a focus on active lifestyle, friendships, and amenities. You have your own apartment, but you also have access to the little bit of extra care you might need. Whether it’s physical therapy, medication management, or assistance with dressing and grooming, this level of care is about assistance to help you get on with the business of living.
Memory Care: Memory loss can be frightening, both for the individual experiencing it and for loved ones witnessing it. A good Memory Care community offers a strong sense of security as well as staffers specialized in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. But it also offers compassion so that residents and their loved ones experience dignity, as well as an engaging and stimulating lifestyle so that residents are able to make the most of every day.
Skilled Care: Many seniors eventually require intensive medical care, either for a short-term condition or as part of a transition into nursing or end-of-life care. In both private and semi-private rooms, skilled care offers a balance of medical services while also providing as much dignity and independence as possible. The hallmark of this level of care is the 24-hour nursing supervision, individualized care plans, and therapeutic recreation.
At Brandermill Woods, we are always here to answer any questions and help guide you through the process. Contact us today for more information and to get started on the retirement lifestyle that’s best for you and your family.