Many of life’s most difficult decisions happen in our later years, when health and lifestyle concerns become more pressing. One of the most important decisions you can make during this time is whether to age in place or to move to a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).
The aging in place vs. CCRC choice isn’t an easy one, for most people, because there are viable reasons why both options make sense. If you or one of your loved ones is weighing aging in place vs. moving to a Life Care community, here is a short guide to help you decide.
The Benefits of Aging in Place
Aging in place, to summarize the term, means living in your home as you grow older. The desire to remain in one’s home is powerful, and most people would like to stay at home if they could.
Being close to family members and friends, remaining in the house they’ve lived in for years, and a sense of independence are among the most compelling reasons why many seniors choose to age in place.
For people who have lived the majority of their adult lives independently, they often have concerns about giving up their autonomy. If you or your loved one is able to afford staying put, and all that comes with it (which we’ll get into later), aging in place can be the right choice.
Other times, moving into a Life Care CCRC makes more sense.
The Benefits of a Life Care Community
As with aging in place, it’s not hard to see why many people choose Life Care Communities as well.
For starters, Life Care Communities offer predictable costs, excellent care, and socially active lifestyles. Additionally, they ease burdens on family members, they take home maintenance out of the equation, and they include seniors in a community that understands their needs. Life Care Communities offer services and amenities that people don’t typically have in their homes–from healthcare to hair salons—all in one place.
Another, more subtle benefit of Life Care CCRCs is that they make planning for the future much simpler. Instead of trying to figure out what levels of care seniors will need as they age, or what will happen if one partner in a couple passes away, Life Care Communities such as Ventana by Buckner take the guesswork out of these tough scenarios. Knowing that you or your loved ones will be cared for, even if the unexpected happens, can provide valuable peace of mind and security.
Comparing Aging in Place to Life Care Communities
To make the decision easier, comparing aging in place and moving to a Life Care CCRC side-by-side is probably the best way to go.
An obvious starting point is a cost comparison. When calculating the costs of aging in place, it’s important to factor in all the different expenses that you or your loved ones currently have—and all those that may arise in the future. And for determining the costs of a CCRC, it’s important to remember that not all senior living communities are created the same, and some have different fees and cost structures than others.
To calculate potential costs in your unique scenario, please download our Value Guide, which includes tools for determining current expenses and potential future costs, as well as a pricing guide for Life Care Communities such as Ventana by Buckner.
What you are likely to find is that Life Care Communities offer substantial value by establishing set costs; when health care at home would become prohibitively expensive and burdensome, care at a Life Care Community like Ventana is already included.
The level and availability of care, independent of costs, is another factor in a Life Care Community’s favor. While caring for seniors who age in place can be complicated, inefficient, and difficult to coordinate, Life Care Communities provide varying levels of care based on residents’ needs. With health care staff and facilities on-site, CCRCs make it far easier for seniors to receive the medical assistance they need as they age.
Additionally, aging in place can put people at heightened risk of social isolation, poor nutrition, and in-home accidents. These factors are not to be taken lightly, as they contribute statistically to a lower quality of life—and a shorter lifespan. Living in a Life Care Community, on the other hand, gives seniors the chance to remain connected to their peers, eat healthily, and avoid accident-prone situations.
Feeling at Home in a Life Care Community
“Communities like Ventana give members the opportunity to feel at home without the burden of home ownership,” writes Rick Pruett, Ventana by Buckner’s Executive Director.
And this is the real value of a Life Care CCRC—it can provide the feeling of living at home, and the independence that comes with it, while also giving residents the care, financial security, and lifestyle that they desire. And a CCRC can do all that while removing many of the headaches that aging in place can entail.
That’s why Life Care Communities such as Ventana by Buckner truly are the best of both worlds. In most cases, they are the better option for senior living.
If you or your loved ones are contemplating moving to a Life Care Community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, let us show you why Ventana by Buckner is the best place to be. Please download our Value Guide, or call us at 214-234-1035 to speak with a counselor today.