8 Advantages of Moving to a CCRC
If you’re looking into senior living for yourself or a loved one, you probably have a few criteria in mind. You want a community that offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a fun, active lifestyle and you want peace of mind. In a Life Plan Community, also called a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some of the benefits a CCRC offers:
1: Maintenance-Free Lifestyle
With home upkeep, lawn care and grounds maintenance taken care of, residents of a Life Plan Community no longer have to worry about the routine responsibilities of homeownership. Instead, they can enjoy the luxury of chore-free days with plenty of time to pursue the pastimes they truly enjoy.
There’s never a dull moment in a CCRC. Residents can be as active as they want to be, joining interest groups, participating in weekly off-campus excursions, attending arts and crafts workshops, and enjoying planned social events and themed dinner parties.
3: Social Connection
Older adults are particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness, which have been linked to an increased risk of dementia, heart disease, stroke, depression, and anxiety. The vibrant atmosphere in a CCRC offers an ideal solution, opening the door to friendship and camaraderie as residents gather for Wii® bowling, bridge tournaments, volunteer opportunities, or simply a pleasant chat in the courtyard.
4. Beautifully Appointed Residences
The perfect complement to a bustling community life is a comfortable apartment where residents can enjoy a private haven. With floor plans to suit a variety of needs and preferences, residents can choose a setting where they’ll truly feel at home, whether that means watching the moon rise from a private balcony, baking cookies in a fully equipped kitchen or — in a pet-friendly community, cozying up on the couch with their four-legged companion.
5. Mouthwatering Meals
Chef-prepared menus and multiple dining venues offer an array of delicious dining options. Residents decide whether they’re in the mood for a formal meal or casual pub fare, while an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients makes it easy to eat healthy foods without the effort of cooking and cleaning up.
6. Wellness Opportunities
Staying active is one of the keys to healthy aging, reducing the risk of certain diseases, strengthening bones and muscles, preventing falls, and supporting the ability to perform daily activities. In a CCRC, an on-campus fitness center, pool, group fitness classes, walking trails, and community gardens offer an abundance of opportunities to get the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
Moving to a Life Plan Community means having a plan for life. An on-site continuum of care — which may include assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation — ensures that, should residents experience a health setback, they’ll be able to get the support they need without having to make a disruptive move to another community. What’s more, the availability of different levels of care means that couples who have different care needs can remain in the same community, often only steps away from each other. There’s no need to be separated or to pay the cost of living in two different communities.
8. Financial Benefits
Some CCRCs offer Life Care, a financial contract that can lead to substantial savings on long-term care. With Life Care, independent living residents can receive long-term care, if necessary, without a significant increase in monthly costs. This makes the cost of future care more predictable, and lower than it would be if you were to pay for that care at the prevailing market rate.
Discover the Advantages of Freedom Square of Seminole
As you search for the perfect senior living option, take the time to explore the exceptional retirement lifestyle at Freedom Square of Seminole. At our Life Plan Community, you’ll find a vibrant community life, resort-style services and amenities, and the peace of mind of knowing that a continuum of care is available if you ever need it.
Contact us to learn more about the advantages of living at our Pinellas County senior apartments at Freedom Square of Seminole, or to schedule a visit.