CCRCs: The Purpose of Entry Fees

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The vast majority of Continuing Care Retirement Communities require an entry fee. Naturally, people often ask, “What is the purpose of the entry fee?” Before answering this question it is helpful to understand the history of entry fees.

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Active Aging Redefines Health and Wellness

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What does it mean to be healthy as we get older? For most of us, it’s simply the opposite of illness. And staying healthy equates to managing diseases and chronic conditions.

But there is a movement to expand the definition of health and wellness in order to accommodate the idea that being healthy is the process of getting the most out of what life has to offer — regardless of physical age.

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How CCRCs can help couples stay together as they age

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About 70 percent of people over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care during their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).1 On average, women will need care for a longer period of time (3.7 years), compared to men (2.2 years), and 20 percent of those age 65 and older will need care for more than five years.

An active, healthy lifestyle can help protect your mind and body from disease and injury—which often leads to a need for long-term care. However, there are no guarantees in life and the question of whether—and how long—you or your spouse may need care remains unknown.

Since aging is an individual thing, a couple should not expect that both partners will have the same needs throughout retirement. As a couple ages, one partner may require assisted living or skilled nursing services, while the other partner remains able to live independently.

A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can help couples prepare for the challenges that an unknown future may offer. CCRCs provide a continuum of services—from independent living to nursing home level health care—that is available if and when needed. If, after moving into a CCRC, one spouse eventually needs a higher level of health care services, the couple can still be together at the retirement community.

Here is an example of how a CCRC can meet the needs of both partners over time:

Jim and Jane move into an independent living unit at a CCRC. A few years later, Jane is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The couple continues to live together for a couple of years, but as Jane’s needs change, she moves into another section of the CCRC to receive additional care and support. Jim continues to enjoy the social benefits of living within the retirement community and can visit with Jane, who is just a short walk away, whenever he wants.

Couples who seek peace of mind in the face of uncertainty may want to consider a CCRC as a viable retirement living choice to ensure that both partners will be taken care of now and in the future.

1 http://longtermcare.gov/the-basics/how-much-care-will-you-need/

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Benefits of Technology for Seniors

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By: Kayla Statema

At The Wesley Communities, we understand that technology can be intimidating. It feels like every time we turn around there’s a new phone, app, or device! But we firmly believe that the benefits of technology are worth learning about. Technology can improve three main areas of seniors’ lives:

  1. Staying Connected

Social connection is increasingly important as we age. Facetime, Facebook, and email are all ways that seniors can stay connected. Seniors can video chat with their best friends and grandchildren from miles away using Facetime or Skype. They can stay up-to-date with the latest happenings from family and friends via social media channels. And, they can reminisce about the days of letter-writing while typing their emails, while fostering their social connection!

  1. Healthy Brain and Body

At The Wesley Communities, we put a special emphasis on brain and body health. And, technology is one way to engage in activities that improve overall wellbeing. From watches that track steps to games that keep your brain active—the possibilities are endless. And for seniors with a competitive edge, we recommend playing digital games with family or having a “step challenge” with your best friends!

  1. Safety

Phones, medical alert systems, and even tablets can increase seniors’ safety. Cell phones come in handy, especially if seniors are still driving. Things like breakdowns and flat tires happen almost every day, and having a cell phone handy will bring everyone peace of mind. Medical alert systems are also helpful in case of a fall or if an individual is living alone. These systems allow seniors to push a button for emergency help.

At The Wesley Communities, our staff is extremely knowledgeable regarding many digital devices. Here, our friendly, trusted professionals take pride in helping seniors with any technological problems that may arise, so our residents can focus on living life well.

What to Look for in Memory Care Communities

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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or is faced with another serious memory loss condition, there is a good chance they will require professional memory care services at some point. Finding a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or “life plan” community) with memory care will make life for the patient, loved ones, and caregivers more comfortable and enjoyable.

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