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Importance of the Continuum of Care for Seniors

Importance of the Continuum of Care for Seniors

No amount of time spent reading tea leaves, tarot cards or your palm can tell you what will actually happen tomorrow. But although this moment right here is the only one we can experience, it’s good to have a general idea or direction you want to go tomorrow, with the flexibility to adjust.

What if there were something that let you maximize today while also giving you a smart plan for the unpredictable future? It’s that combination of today and tomorrow that’s drawing many seniors to Life Plan Communities, also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities and their continuum of care. But why is a continuum of care important and can it help with aging in place for seniors?

“I moved here to anticipate that I MIGHT need extra help. I really may never use it, but the security I feel knowing that it’s available to me is more than you can place a dollar sign on.”

– Clare Papp, Harrogate independent living resident

What is continuing care?

One of the biggest selling points of continuing care senior living is aging in place: not having to move if the unexpected happens and you suddenly need help with daily activities or round-the-clock care. That’s because Life Plan Communities (also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities) have higher levels of care – assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation – on-site, which provides you with a solid plan for the future. But what if you’re healthy today?

Perhaps the biggest reason an active senior like you should choose a continuing care retirement community – like Harrogate in Lakewood, NJ – before you need care is for their independent living. Designed for healthy, independent seniors who want more from their retirement than just home upkeep, independent living takes care of all the maintenance, cooking and housekeeping. They also feature thoughtful amenities like restaurant-style dining, community gardens, a fitness center, an indoor pool, and a calendar full of wellness classes, speakers, events and more. With all their responsibilities taken care of, residents of a continuing care senior living community have the freedom to travel, dine with friends, go on outings, try a new hobby or reignite an existing one.

“If one of us gets sick, we’re still under one roof. That’s one of the big advantages of Harrogate: everything is under one roof.”

–  Frank Monaco, Harrogate independent living resident

Will I need continuing care?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of seniors over 65 will need some form of long-term care for an average of three years. If the unforeseen happens and you or your spouse need care, at a continuing care community, you’ll both have the benefit of aging in place. Seniors who are still living in their homes would have to make a move when they least want to deal with it.

As families gather for the holidays, now is a good time to talk about the future. A move to a continuing care community might be the perfect holiday gift for you and your family. You can join like-minded seniors, enjoying life while knowing one move took care of today and tomorrow. This time next year, we could be helping you host your senior friends during the holidays.

Learn more about your options

If you’re ready to learn more about Harrogate’s independent lifestyle backed by a continuum of care, call us at 1-866-606-0178. We’ll show you how we can help you Worry Less. Live More.