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More often nowadays than ever before, aging adults are opting to stay at home as opposed to moving in with loved ones or going to nursing homes. It can be quite difficult for them to let go of their independence. This is completely understandable. However, there does often come a time when a little assistance is necessary to ensure that the aging adult remains safe and in good health while on their own. This is why continuing care can be an asset.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities are so named, because they provide a continuum of care on one campus. Think of one location that as your senior loved one ages, that can provide independent living, assisted living, nursing care, even alzheimer's memory care and hospice care, all in one location. That's the advantage of these innovative senior living alternatives.
There are a few things to consider before deciding on continuing care.
Location: Find out if there are any continuing care facilities near your home. Will it be easy for a care nurse to get to you quickly in the case of an emergency? Is your home located near accessible public transportation? Will it take you lots of time to make it to appointments or to do necessary shopping?
Home Life: Is your home constructed in a way that makes everything accessible to you? Are things that are hard to reach? Are there lots of steps in your home? Is there ample space for you to maneuver?
Medical Condition: Health plays a major part in deciding if continuing care is right for you. If you are already suffering from serious health conditions, you may want to consider another option. If you do not have any major conditions, you want to be sure that you have access to a health care facility in the case of an emergency.
Support: If you have family members or friends nearby, continuing care may be a feasible option. Be sure that your family members remain involved and are willing to provide extra care and support when needed.
Finances: Continuing care can be costly. Decide if this can fit into your budget without strain.