Choosing a Community for Tomorrow: Planning for Future Care Needs

Not all senior living communities are the same. While most share a common goal of enhancing the aging experience for senior residents, the ways they go about reaching that goal can differ greatly. Some communities may be limited in their range of options for living accommodations, amenities and care services. If you or someone you love is considering a move to a senior living community, you want to be sure that the choice you make benefits your life for the long-term.

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are designed to give active seniors a carefree lifestyle with the promise of accessible care for any future health needs. According to Executive Director Heather O’Banion from Village Manor in Bowling Green, KY, this senior living option gives residents the comfort of aging in place. “Since CCRCs provide a continuum of care, ranging from independent living to skilled nursing care and memory care, residents have the comfort of knowing they can remain in the community they love and trust, even if their care needs change,” O’Banion shares.

“Residents at Village Manor enjoy the lifetime promise of quality care. Even the healthiest, most active independent living residents who move here to downsize and enjoy the social aspect of retirement chose Village Manor for the security of care, no matter what life brings.”

The Continuing Care Retirement Community Model

A CCRC is a senior living community that offers a range of care levels and services, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, memory care and home care services. Many also expand their services to offer wellness programs and rehabilitation. As O’Banion mentioned, the idea behind this model is the elimination the resident’s need to move again. (Read more about CCRC history and statistics here).

Another important aspect of CCRCs is the coordination between the various levels of care services. If an independent living resident comes to require the support of assisted living, the community lifestyle they know and love will change very little. Unlike having to receive care from a separate provider, residents can be sure that the regulations and standards they trust their community to uphold will stay the same. Additionally, the community will work among its various care levels to ensure a smooth transition for a resident who requires more support.

Unacknowledged Benefits of CCRCs

Continuing care retirement communities obviously benefit seniors by eliminating any concerns about future care needs. But this is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to giving seniors the best senior living experience possible. Consider some of these less obvious, underrated benefits that CCRCs provide:

  1. Variety

If a single senior living community is designed to accommodate such a wide range of care needs, they are going to attract seniors with a wide range of demographics. Resident age, for example, could easily range from 65 to 100 years. These communities not only provide variety in their care services, but also in the amenities, entertainment, events and administrative staff that will cater to both the active 65-year-old and the more sedentary 95-year-old. Since most seniors enter a CCRC as independent living residents, these communities emphasize the offerings that appeal to active seniors and couples.

At Village Manor, the range of programming extends from hiking clubs and continued learning experiences to planned outings for concerts and plays, movie nights, knitting circles and holistic therapy services. Our activities coordinators don’t just shoot for the middle, but carefully create, organize and schedule programs that match the abilities and interests of each community and its residents.

  1. Financial Security

One condition that often turns seniors away from continuing care retirement communities is the cost. It’s true that in order to offer the promise of life-long care, communities will need the funds to do so. However, what many don’t realize is that a higher entry fee actually grants seniors more financial security. If a CCRC resident ever decides to move out of the community or exhausts their funds and can no longer afford the monthly fees, their entrance fee will be refunded. Even if a resident passes away, their refund is deposited into their estate. Unlike communities without entrance fees, whose residents may pay higher monthly rates, CCRCs give seniors something to fall back on if they need to move elsewhere. Consider it a long-term investment in your future care and comfort.

CCRCs also provide a variety of payment plans and options, fully disclosed in their resident contracts. These vary from lump-sum payments to rental options and more. Communities will also work with residents to help them utilize their home equity to lower monthly upkeep fees.

  1. Connections for Life

The resident-centered focus of continuing care retirement communities creates fertile ground for growing close relationships with other residents and community staff. They huge variety of engagement opportunities makes it likely that residents will meet others with similar tastes and interests. The structure of CCRCs allows for the autonomy needed for friendships to flourish.

We’ve all heard the heart-wrenching stories of couples forced to live separately because one spouse needed a different kind of care, or the senior whose best friend had to move to a different community when memory loss problems emerged. Continuing care communities avoid these tragedies by offering full support for any care need in one cohesive community. They are built for lasting relationships.

The Continuum of Care at Village Manor

Village Manor is the only continuing care retirement community in the Bowling Green area. Independent living apartment homes, dining areas and amenity spaces make up a large part of our campus. The extension of Bridgepointe at Village Manor offers assisted living, assisted senior care and memory care apartments in a separate building with additional amenity spaces and nursing stations to accommodate resident needs. We also offer skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, transitional care and home-care services in our Christian Health Center. In addition to the long-term care residents, the Christian Health Center serves all Village Manor residents with advanced care needs.

“After residents make the move to Village Manor, they can’t imagine experiencing senior living any other way,” says O’Banion. “The choice for future health and happiness and truly carefree living is easy to make, and Village Manor makes it even easier.”

Welcome Home to Gracious Retirement Living at Its Best!

At Village Manor, we offer a lifestyle unlike any other, complete with all of the comforts and conveniences of apartment home and campus-style living. As Bowling Green’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community, we offer peace of mind to our residents and their families.

You can take comfort in knowing that our full range of healthcare services and specialized communities throughout our campus are available to you or a loved one should any health needs change. Whether you’re looking for resort-style Independent Living, Assisted Living, Short-Term Physical Therapy, leading-edge Memory Care or Long-Term Nursing Care, you’ll find it all here on our beautiful campus.

Village Manor is committed to a tradition of faith, care and family, and we live out our life’s work through everything for which these powerful words stand. Faith encourages us to never give up hope, allowing us to provide the best care in each situation. We are called to love our neighbors, seeking to meet every need and showing true support and friendship in all that we do. We’ve dedicated ourselves to a lifestyle of care, prioritizing our residents’ needs and comfort above anything else.

At Village Manor, we emphasize family. We consider it a privilege to take care of our residents as we would our own family members, and we are honored to be part of our residents’ family within our community.

Learn more today about living the retirement life you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us and begin the lifestyle you deserve.

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