Living a purposeful and meaningful life is starting to appeal to aging consumers, as they encounter a new vernacular as they explore the next chapter of living options. While living actively, baby boomers often desire lifestyles different from those of their parents. For the first time, younger seniors are considering a move earlier in order to afford a retirement with meaning and purpose. A Life Plan Community offers a meaningful life designed to meet this new trend.
A Life Plan Community, formerly known as a CCRC, is registered as an age-restricted community, which provides active living through multiple living and care needs, while integrated into the community through social accountability. A Life Plan Community offers all levels of living, from independent cottage and apartment living, to living with assistance and long-term care. In 2015, the NameStorm task force determined that the senior housing industry needed to shift the vernacular from CCRC to Life Plan Community in order to place a stronger emphasis on healthy and active living.
Contract options vary. A Life Care contract typically means an upfront buy-in, in addition to monthly rent, where seniors are guaranteed all levels of living options including health care in a skilled nursing neighborhood. Type B or modified month-to-month type rental agreements are offered at a Life Plan Community. In addition, a Type C contract means fee-for-service.
Many benefits come with a Life Plan Community, but with society living longer; often the care needs of one spouse determine the living options for the couple. A Life Plan Community addresses these needs and provides options for both.
Living options at a Life Plan Community include:
- Independent Living: Available in a variety of floor plans and prices ranges, includes apartment or cottage style living with access to wellness programs and enrichment throughout the community.
- Assisted Living: Private one bedroom or studio apartments are located in a licensed area of the community and provide around the clock care for aging adults who need additional assistance with their activities of daily living. Meal preparation, medication reminders, bath-aid, and socialization are some of the amenities.
- Skilled Nursing Care/Long Term Care: An acute care facility-licensing requirements are much more stringent offering nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, and long-term living care. Rehabilitation, hospice, and pain management to name a few.
Adults 62 years and older find vibrancy, meaning, and engagement when their lives are enriched by cognitive stimulation, physical exercise, and healthy eating. To find a Life Plan Community near you visit: www.leadingage.org
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Crista Senior Living