Looking at continuing care options is overwhelming. You may have concerns over the type of care available within the community and whether it’s a good fit for you or your loved one. Here are a few frequently asked questions about Continuing Care Retirement Communities and what they offer.
1. What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
Many people mistakenly believe a Continuing Care Retirement Community is interchangeable with a nursing home. Continuing Care Retirement Communities derive their name from the concept that they provide a continuum of care. These communities often include living and wellness options like independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care. Residents may start out only needing a limited number of services, but have the option of receiving additional care if ever needed.
2. Why would a healthy active adult opt to live in a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
Continuing Care Retirement Communities are comprised of healthy, active adults. In fact, residents must be able to live independently to enter the community. This way, they get the most out of the many activities planned by Activities Directors and Wellness Coordinators while also no longer burdened with the headache of home maintenance, such as snow removal, lawn care, appliance fixes and so much more.
3. How safe is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
Unfortunately, criminals often target seniors who are living alone. At a Continuing Care Retirement Community, the campus is gated and round-the-clock security personnel are on the premises. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed in residences and common areas and consistently monitored.
4. What if my spouse and I require different levels of care?
The goal is to keep couples together as they receive individualized personal and health services within the Continuing Care Retirement Community. Couples may choose to remain in their independent living home together and receive assistance through home care.
5. Are pets allowed?
Rules differ from community to community, but many communities allow residents to have indoor pets such as cats, small dogs, birds and fish.
6. How can a Continuing Care Retirement Community feel like a true home?
Modern communities are very mindful of the importance of providing the best quality of life possible for all of their residents. They encourage members to decorate their homes to give the space a personal feel. Many communities, like The Cypress of Hilton Head, offer full customization including custom flooring, vaulted ceilings, even removal of an entire wall if you choose. CCRCs are also very accommodating when family and friends of residents plan to visit. Personnel are trained to offer individualized care to help each member make the most out of the services available.
The Cypress of Hilton Head Island is available to ease all of your worries about continuing care solutions. Give us a call today to ask any other questions and to find out more about our award-winning community.