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The Benefits of a Continuing Care Retirement Community for Couples

If you’re lucky enough to have a partner for life, no matter where you choose to spend your retirement years, it will always feel like home. But aging isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Everyone ages at different rates. So, what happens when you and your spouse have different needs but want to stay together? Can couples live in assisted living?

The simple answer is yes. A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) sometimes called a Life Plan Community, offers couples a unique opportunity to prepare for the challenges that the future may hold. The benefits of a CCRC for couples are that it provides independent living, assisted living, and memory care all in one location. This means that as needs change for you or your spouse over time, you can get the help and support you need while also staying together.

The Top 4 Benefits of Couples Senior Living

While there are countless benefits of a CCRC for couples, there are a few that stand out as especially important. Since all seniors age differently and your needs might be different than your spouse’s, you need to find a CCRC that offers different levels of care and support along the way.

Below are some of the unique benefits of couples senior living:

  1. Improved Physical Health: Couples care for each other in various ways that are important to mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. When separated, it’s not uncommon for physical health to deteriorate due to depression, isolation, and changes in daily routines. A CCRC can help a couple stay together even when health needs change over time.
  2. Consolidated Costs: Couples who age together tend to reap some financial advantages. However, when one spouse needs to move to assisted living or memory care, and the other spouse stays in their private home, it can cause a financial strain on the couple trying to cover costs for both living situations. One of the benefits of a CCRC for couples is that costs are consolidated to make more financial sense now and in the future.
  3. Peace of Mind: There is nothing more stressful than fear of the unknown. Studies have shown that 70% of people over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care in their lifetime. So, while you and your spouse might be healthy right now, it’s very likely that your needs could change over time. Choosing a CCRC will give you the peace of mind that you and your spouse will be cared for no matter how your health changes.
  4. Renewed Zest for Life: A CCRC offers a variety of amenities, services, and activities to help seniors stay active and engaged. You can explore new hobbies, make new friends, go on various adventures – together or separately – that will give you both a renewed zest for life and may even bring you closer together as a couple.

As you can see, the benefits of a CCRC for couples are wide-ranging, and together they add up to peace of mind now and well into the future. So, if you and your spouse are looking for living options that allow you to spend more time together enjoying all retirement has to offer, it might be a good time to start exploring CCRCs near you.

Stay Together at Ventana by Buckner

Ventana by Buckner is a luxury continuing care retirement community in Dallas that changes how you and your spouse view retirement. The decision to move to a CCRC like Ventana, will ultimately free you and your spouse from the likelihood of having to make far more difficult decisions in the years to come. Contact our team today to learn more about what’s available for you and your spouse, or click here to schedule your tour.

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