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Senior living isn’t all one-size-fits-all — and it shouldn’t be. Instead, senior living communities should reflect the preferences, passions and needs of the people who live there. You can get a variety of senior living options all on one campus when you choose a Life Plan Community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC): independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support.
These communities offer an all-inclusive, maintenance-free and low-stress lifestyle that ensures you have maximum independence and the professional assistance you might need down the road — all on one campus.
In The Complete Guide of Senior Living Options explore the four types you can find at Life Plan Communities in more detail.
What is independent living?
Sometimes called residential living, independent living is very similar to how you are living now. Residents live independently in their apartment or cottage home and do not have any significant care needs. Independent living offers first-class amenities and endless opportunities for connection, well-being and security.
WHO IS INDEPENDENT LIVING FOR?
Ideal for the active adult who is seeking fewer household responsibilities and wants to spend more time pursuing what they love, independent living features a vibrant social environment, delicious dining opportunities and easy access to wellness resources.
Independent living is a lot like staying at your current home except that at a Life Plan Community, you’ll have access to the amenities, services and opportunities that make life that much sweeter.
ENJOY ALL-INCLUSIVE LIVING.
While you are living independently, you are spared from having to worry about the many tasks of homeownership. As a part of all-inclusive living, home maintenance, landscaping and housekeeping tasks are taken care of for you. In addition, flexible dining plans mean you only need to cook if you want to and community events, classes and excursions are readily available.
Depending on the community, independent living offers a variety of floor plans and options to meet your needs and lifestyle, including:
Recent research has indicated that social connections are a strong predictor of longevity.”
STAY ACTIVE AND ENGAGED.
With your home taken care of — inside and out, from meals to maintenance — you’ll have the freedom to do more of what you love every day. In community living, you are never too far away from a friendly neighbor, which means you can connect with others more easily than if you were living at home alone.
Forming meaningful relationships with peers and stepping out of isolation can mean a healthier body, mind and spirit. Recent research has indicated that social connections are a strong predictor of longevity, with science demonstrating that peer connections and support can lead to decreased cognitive decline, decreased risk of heart disease and even decreased risk of premature death.
What types of social opportunities can you experience when you call an independent living community home? Well, almost anything you can think of! Here are a few examples of events or programs you might see in an independent living community:
With all these opportunities for face-to-face interactions and engagement, you’ll be feeling happier, healthier and more connected than ever before.
ACCESS FIRST-RATE AMENITIES.
One of the best parts about independent living is the top-notch amenities that are designed to enhance health, connection and overall wellness. As a resident, you’ll have access to everything an all-inclusive Life Plan Community has to offer, such as:
Independent living is all about saying goodbye to many of the stresses and hassles of homeownership so you can devote more time to doing what you love.
Independent living is all about saying goodbye to many of the stresses and hassles of homeownership so you can devote more time to doing what you love.”
We moved here 11 years ago and have been happy ever since. The management is great, and the residents are very friendly. We’re all here for the same reason: to enjoy life. Our daughter thought we were too young to move here, but once she realized how nice it is and how much we enjoy it, she changed her mind.”
a resident of a HumanGood Life Plan Community
What is assisted living?
Assisted living provides residents with extra support with daily activities, when and how they need it. Residents enjoy their independence as well as the peace of mind that comes with knowing a friendly caregiver is ready to provide a helping hand if needed.
WHO IS ASSISTED LIVING FOR?
Assisted living is perfect for adults who need extra support with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, managing medications and more. This senior living option provides more personalized assistance but without sacrificing the full community lifestyle.
In assisted living, team members get to know a bit more about your needs, preferences and interests so that they can provide assistance customized just for you.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ASSISTED LIVING.
At a Life Plan Community, health changes and assistance needs don’t diminish your independence or connection to the larger community. In fact, assisted living residents enjoy many of the same top-notch amenities and services as their independent living neighbors but with that extra helpful assistance that can make life a bit easier.
Assisted living residents typically live in apartment homes that come in a variety of floor plans. These neighborhoods include safety features such as:
24/7 security and emergency call system
Medication management and monitoring
Access to around-the-clock care if needed
Assisted living residents enjoy many of the same top-notch amenities and services as their independent living neighbors.”
Stay active and engaged.
Community life and the benefits of connection are a part of every day in assisted living. The goal of assisted living in a Life Plan Community is to support each person as they pursue their independent interests and rich social life on their own schedule.
Communities feature a carefully created event calendar for residents to enjoy as well as plenty of independent leisure time. Programs and events you might see in assisted living at a Life Plan Community might include:
A living history lecture with a storyteller dressed in costume
A wellness fair with local vendors
A themed family night dinner complete with a signature drink and dessert bar
Spiritual and religious gatherings
Excursions to support and explore local dining, shopping and cultural events
Communities feature a carefully created event calendar for residents.”
Access first-rate amenities.
Assisted living residents at a Life Plan Community enjoy easy access to all amenities on campus. This means that you can enjoy a live concert or schedule an appointment at the hair salon. Other amenities assisted living residents can enjoy include:
Chef-prepared meals served in the community’s dining room
Housekeeping, linen and laundry service
Peace of mind knowing someone is always there to provide personalized assistance
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing offers on-site therapy services and complex condition management while still providing personalized touches that help you feel at home.
WHO IS SKILLED NURSING FOR?
Skilled nursing is a senior living option for those who need short-term rehabilitation services to accelerate their recovery after a recent hospitalization or elective procedure. In these cases, skilled nursing professionals help you get back to your routine quickly and confidently.
Skilled nursing is also an excellent option for anyone who needs 24-hour nursing support for complex or chronic illnesses.
Hardly a “nursing home” of the past, skilled nursing in a Life Plan Community offers both short-term, post-acute recovery care and long-term nursing and hospice care.
Skilled nursing in a Life Plan Community offers both short-term, post-acute recovery care and long-term nursing and hospice care.”
LEARN MORE ABOUT SKILLED NURSING.
Skilled nursing often offers residents the choice between a private or semiprivate suite, both options with full bathrooms. They receive personalized assistance that still emphasizes independence with activities of daily living. In addition, nurses assist with chronic illness management while physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists work with residents to meet their health goals.
Residents who live in skilled nursing, whether short-term or long-term, have access to services designed to keep them feeling their best. This includes:
If you move into independent living early and you happen to fall or have a short-term illness that requires constant care, you can easily relocate to the campus’ skilled nursing facility for the duration of your rehabilitation. Then, head back to independent or assisted living as soon as you are fully recovered.
Stay active and engaged.
Even though those living in skilled nursing may have a few additional health challenges, it doesn’t mean the opportunities for engagement and connection are not still a part of daily life. Skilled nursing residents enjoy events, programs and opportunities designed to meet their recovery goals as well as bring a bit of levity and stress relief to their days.
What is memory support?
Memory support, sometimes referred to as memory care or dementia care, are communities that are specially designed to support adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. From highly specialized environments to specially trained team members, these communities are havens of safety, comfort and wellness for those living with cognitive decline.
Memory support communities feature a homelike, person-centered environment created to emphasize abilities and enhance autonomy.”
WHO IS MEMORY SUPPORT FOR?
Memory support is an ideal senior living option for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.
Memory support communities feature a homelike, person-centered environment created to emphasize abilities and enhance autonomy. Pair this with just the right amount of assistance and team members who follow best practices in memory support, and you get a neighborhood of residents who are safe, comfortable and engaged.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MEMORY SUPPORT.
Memory support at a retirement community is often set up with a welcoming, open-concept layout that helps to foster community living and engagement. These communities feel like home and are often complete with cozy living rooms and interactive kitchens. In many communities, family members and residents complete a special memory box to hang outside their private suite, giving anyone the opportunity to get a snapshot of each resident’s life and interests.
Other highlights of memory support communities can include:
Stay active and engaged.
Life in a memory support community is based on each individual resident’s preferences and routines. Caregivers and other team members spend time getting to know these key components so that they can provide the right amount of assistance and support. While the day includes favorite routines residents recognize and enjoy, caregivers are also flexible, pivoting their approach or intervention based on what is most important to the resident at that moment.
Every part of the day is treated as an opportunity to make a connection, whether social or cognitive. Meals are a social event full of reminiscing and discussion with friends and staff. Neighborhood walks not only offer physical exercise but also the chance to chat with friends or spot wildlife.
Life in a memory support community is based on each individual resident’s preferences and routines.”
You can find engaging events and special programs, such as:
Cognitive exercises, such as word games or trivia
Reminiscing groups where residents can share their stories with one another
Cooking demonstrations from the community chef
Spiritual and religious fellowship events
Family events and support group
Additionally, because Life Plan Communities offer multiple types of living options and care levels all on one campus, couples are able to stay together no matter what type of care they need. For example, if a resident is living independently and their partner is living with Alzheimer’s, they can both live on one campus and take advantage of the amenities, life-enriching events and social opportunities a retirement community has to offer.
As you plan for the future, you have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to where to live. Deciding to call a Life Plan Community home ensures that you enjoy the all-inclusive, maintenance-free lifestyle you want while providing peace of mind that support and care options are available nearby should the need ever arise.
At HumanGood, we have thoughtfully designed our Life Plan Communities to help our residents achieve three important things:
• Connection: “Community” doesn’t just describe a physical place. Living in community is a state of being in which we are stimulated, inspired, delighted and enriched by our sense of connection to our neighbors, to our natural surroundings and to the world around us. Human connection is what sustains us all.
•Well-being: When we eat well, sleep well and flex our bodies and our minds, we feel both well and good. The reward for that effort is vitality.
• Security: When we remove stress and fear, we make room for hope and joy. From that transition comes peace of mind.
Now is your chance to shape what comes next. Choosing to move to a Life Plan Community is about more than a new home and having a plan in place for future needs. It’s about creating and exploring new possibilities in the life you want to lead, in the people you want around you and in yourself.
How do you best ensure that you are living life to the fullest? That you have more time for the things you want to do and greater access to them? That you are continually discovering new paths to enhance your own vitality? These are important questions to be asking. And the more deeply you explore these questions, the more clearly you may see that the right answers will lead you to a Life Plan Community.
Now that you understand all the senior living options available, you and your family can make an informed choice. When you’re ready, find a HumanGood community near you to ask questions or further your research.
Home care services are when a caregiver or other medical professional brings services into a senior’s home. An assisted living community has around-the-clock caregivers on staff who can provide personalized assistance when needed. These services are included in the monthly fee to live in the community.
Further, in an assisted living community, residents have access to all amenities, services and programs available on campus. It’s even easier to make a new friend or connect with a neighbor over a shared meal or experience.
Finding the right senior living options for your needs begins with making a list of your goals. Next, review community websites or social media pages to compare their offerings. You won’t really know which is the right fit for you, though, until you schedule a tour. Spend some time in each community. Talk to residents. Ask lots of questions. Consider whether you can envision yourself living and thriving there.
There’s no typical age for seniors to go into assisted living. Instead, people choose assisted living when their needs exceed the support they can easily get at home. For some, a health crisis spurs the desire to move to senior living. For others, it’s a gradual decision rooted in their desire for more connection, a nurturing community and help with activities of daily living.
Independent living caters to healthy, independent seniors who seek a more vibrant lifestyle and want to live in a community with other older adults.
Assisted living supports adults who want a more active, connected lifestyle but also need assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing and grooming.
Skilled nursing supports people with complex medical needs and those recovering from injuries and surgery.
Memory care is for people living with dementia and offers a stimulating, dementia-safe environment.
There is no average cost. The cost depends on the quality of the senior living community, its geographic location, the services a person uses and whether they have a benefits or insurance program that covers a portion of the costs. For people who need daily support and care, the costs of senior living are often lower than comprehensive in-home care.