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Benefits of a continuing care retirement community

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May 29th, 2014

When it comes to retirement living, options are endless. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers various levels of living all in one place, making it a popular choice for retirees everywhere. 

From independent living to assisted living and nursing, respite, and memory care, a CCRC gives people assurance they’ll only have to move once should their health needs change—unlike a single family home, townhome, or 55-plus community where continuing care isn’t available.

Active independent living 

Most CCRCs offer the active, independent lifestyle people become accustomed to in a house, with added benefits like 24-hour security and on-site health care. They also have activities like continuing education, peer-led clubs, hobbies, fitness, and travel opportunities. And the best part is, it’s all close to home.

According to LanternHill, a CCRC coming in fall 2015 to New Providence, N.J., many people choose active senior living to abandon the burden of house maintenance and repairs. 

“After this year’s harsh winter, even more people see the benefit of a maintenance-free home—no snow to shovel, ice to slip on, or harsh driving conditions. With everything one could need on campus, winter worries don’t exist for people living at a CCRC,” says Patricia Swan, executive director at Lantern Hill.

Most CCRCs offer a variety of living options. And a range of floor plans and pricing ensures the right fit for every lifestyle and budget.

Healthy living

CCRCs focus on providing the right level of care for each individual. Lantern Hill, for example, will be designed to keep residents healthy and active in mind, body, and spirit. With group fitness classes and a fitness center and indoor swimming pool on-site, it’s easy to stay active—while a medical center is available for well and sick visits. 

Physical fitness isn’t the only way to stay healthy. Current events discussion groups, continuing education classes, music groups, and seminars on any number of topics give residents myriad opportunities to exercise their minds. 

Finally, what’s healthy living without healthy eating? Though not all CCRCs emphasize their dining experience, one industry leader has made it a goal to serve fresh, healthy, seasonal foods prepared by highly trained and talented chefs. 

“Erickson Living is changing the way this industry does dining,” says Patrick Plumadore, Erickson Living’s vice president of dining. 

Lantern Hill will have three dining venues, including an on-site restaurant with a variety of wholesome choices prepared daily, giving residents easy options to choose fresh, healthy meals—with no cooking or cleaning up. “We make healthy eating not only easy but delicious. ‘Healthy’ at Lantern Hill doesn’t mean bland and tasteless; it means fresh and full of flavor,” says Plumadore.

Additional care

While CCRCs emphasize preventive care for those in independent living, they also provide additional care for those who need it. Assisted living at a continuing care neighborhood on-site gives extra assistance with day-to-day tasks for people who are in generally good health but need a helping hand.

Accommodations vary from community to community. Lantern Hill’s continuing care neighborhood will open with the larger campus and offer the benefit of private rooms, compassionate care, and the whole community filled with friends and amenities. 

“This is one of the true benefits of a CCRC like Lantern Hill—neighbors and family can visit easily and frequently, eliminating isolation associated with other types of assisted living and extended care environments,” Swan says.

Additional types of care offered at CCRCs usually include long-term care, nursing care, and memory care. Some offer respite care—short-term care for a loved one when the caregiver is called away for business or a much-needed vacation. 

Lantern Hill plans to offer respite care at its continuing care neighborhood, says Swan.

Peace of mind

“The true value of a CCRC like Lantern Hill is in the peace of mind you have in knowing that even if you may never need continuing care, it’s a comfort to know it’s available,” Swan says. “Meanwhile, you have exciting amenities, a vibrant community of peers, and a beautiful, maintenance-free home to enjoy your retirement.”