Today, there are many options for the elderly who can no longer take care of themselves or perform even the most basic daily activities by which they can receive appropriate care. Some people need long-term care, and their loved ones struggle to find suitable places. But the search seems daunting.
At Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence, we introduce the available long-term facilities and help you choose the right retirement community. Knowing about these different types of facilities can help you find the right option for your or your loved ones’ needs.
What is continuing care?
Continuing care is designed for people of all ages, not just the elderly. Long-term care facilities can benefit anyone injured or ill or with reduced physical/mental abilities. Suppose you have a terminal condition, a disability, or a disability caused by old age. In that case, you will probably need continuing care, and living in a suitable nursing home is best.
Depending on the underlying reasons for needing care, your stay in a long-term care facility can be temporary or permanent. You can live in this community as long as you need continuing care.
Various facilities are available to help patients seeking continuing care and make it easier to find the proper care.
Independent living communities
One of the most common independent living communities is the continuing care retirement community (CCRC). These communities offer three types of care: skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living. In continuing care communities, care is provided to provide residents with a full range of care and other services as their needs change over time.
Depending on the community, these communities also typically offer residents fully furnished homes or private apartments. CCRCs are ideal for seniors who can maintain independence but need constant care due to certain medical conditions.
Social outings and other recreational activities are held daily at CCRCs, which help create the sense of community for which they are often known.
CCRCs are also known as community care, retirement villages, 55+ communities, and senior apartments.
Assisted living communities
In assisted living facilities, elderly residents can benefit from 24-hour supervision, proper meals, assistance with daily activities, and health care services. Senior living communities, such as Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence, offer these services to residents in a home-like setting. Standard benefits of assisted living communities include:
- Meals and help with eating
- Take a bath
- Decorating the residence
- Personal health matters
- Taking medication
Cavendish Manor Nursing Home offers all these services in a comfortable environment with social and recreational activities.
For people who need constant care and have difficulty in daily activities, it is better to choose to live in a nursing home and benefit from the help of these communities. For those who can no longer maintain their independence or be cared for at home, a retirement residence is a good option for long-term care facilities.
Skilled nursing care facilities that nursing homes provide to their residents include:
- Rehabilitation services,
Retirement Residence may also provide respite care, sometimes called short-term rehabilitative stays.
Residents in nursing homes typically have complex medical needs and require a higher level of care than those living in retirement or assisted living communities. Typically, nursing home residents share a room and enjoy their meals in a central dining area. They also benefit from recreational activities.
Those with dementia or Alzheimer’s can find various care options in a retirement residence. This care center provides 24-hour support and structured activities to ensure a person’s safety and quality of life.
An assisted living setting usually provides Alzheimer’s care, but you may also be able to use these facilities in nursing homes and sometimes personal care homes. Residents of Alzheimer’s long-term care facilities live in semi-private apartments and receive structured activities by trained staff.
Residential care homes
Residential care homes usually provide assisted living services and are suitable for those looking for something more private and a community-like home. These private homes generally serve a group of residents living together who are cared for by live-in caregivers. These communities help with daily living activities, and other nursing services and facilities are different in the homes.
Benefits of Continuing Care Retirement Communities
There are many things to consider when it comes to retirement. One of the most significant decisions facing new retirees is where to live. Older adults choose continuing-care retirement communities for a variety of reasons. That’s why a CCRC, like Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence, is more than just a place to put your belongings.
- Healthy aging in aging communities. As you get older, it will become more difficult for you to move. However, all levels of care are readily available to you at continuing care retirement communities. Married residents with different care needs can have peace of mind by receiving these facilities.
- Improve and maintain quality of life. Isolation and loneliness affect more than 27% of the elderly. It can cause significant health concerns such as depression and cognitive decline. At CCRC, residents constantly have the opportunity to socialize with others, learn new skills, and develop new interests. Instead, many CCRC residents experience an increase in their quality of life.
- Doing sports activities. Many retirement communities offer fitness classes and proper nutrition, depending on the facilities. Many CCRCs have dedicated health centers for residents to use. At Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence, we provide appropriate sports activities, healthy food and other special programs designed to meet the needs of frail seniors. Our Fitness Manager will create a customized fitness program based on our residents’ overall goals, health status and age. We also prepare meals under the supervision of a nutritionist.
- Relief for a caregiver. CCRCs can be the perfect home for elderly couples, one of whom is caring for the other for a variety of reasons. It helps the caregiver support their partner while relieving the stress of caregiving. If needed, the spouse can receive additional care within the facility, where personal care assistants can provide support.