As you age, it’s more important than ever to take an active role in keeping your body healthy. Ask yourself, what am I doing to take care of myself? While the pressures around staying active as you age can be stressful, failure to do so could lead to detrimental effects down the line, such as injury and disease. Your overall wellness should be top of mind for high quality of life. Creating a wellness plan and regimen is a challenge in and of itself, as well as finding the resources associated with it. But as you are considering your options for the future, you’ll find there are retirement communities dedicated to your health and wellness, providing the resources you need to feel your best. Ventana by Buckner, now officially open, is a Life Plan Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offering premier senior living in Dallas. Members are moving into their luxury independent living apartments, with the assurance of a complete continuum of healthcare ranging from Assisted Living, Memory Care Services, Skilled Nursing to Rehabilitation. Ventana’s active senior living community offers fitness and wellness programs that specifically embody our comprehensive approach to healthcare, encouraging Members to take an active role in their own well-being. Find out if living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is the right move for you and your family by learning about the benefits below.
Benefits of Living at a CCRC
Making the decision to either stay in your home or join a CCRC is a personal one that is dependent on your family and your priorities. So in order to make the right choice, you’ll need to be as informed as possible about what a CCRC has to offer. While aging in place was once preferred, the recent Age Well Study states 69% of residents reported that moving to a Life Plan Community “somewhat or greatly improved” their social wellness. In addition to this finding, the Age Well Study also reports that Life Plan Community residents tend to have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than those living in traditional retirement communities. Residents also report significantly more healthy behaviors than community dwellers (not just more exercise). Not all senior living communities are made equal. But luxury-living CCRCs, like Ventana, offer a full range of amenities, services and care options for their members. Other benefits to joining a life care community include:
- Luxury Amenities: You don’t have to sacrifice the lifestyle you’re used to. Many communities offer high end amenities, top of the line appliances, and a comfortable atmosphere you can feel at home in.
- Convenience: From exercise and fitness, to dining options, to recreational activities, everything you need (and much more) is at your fingertips.
- Community: Aging in place can be lonely, and it can ultimately end up affecting your health. Creating friendships and feeling a strong sense of community can help make your life more fulfilled and enjoyable.
- Healthcare: You don’t have to worry about being too far from a doctor or hospital while living in a CCRC. You’ll be able to choose which healthcare program is right for you, right at home.
And with Ventana’s close proximity to the Park Cities and downtown areas, you’ll be able to take advantage of the culinary, retail and cultural resources of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Complimentary local transportation and regular outings are offered to destinations such as Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, Dallas Symphony, White Rock Lake, North Park Center and the city’s finest dining and entertainment venues. If you prefer to drive yourself, utilize the valet service and reserved underground parking from Ventana.
Life Plans at Ventana
In addition to independent living, Ventana has life plan options designed to help you live your life to the fullest, with varying levels of care and assistance based on your preferences and needs. There are two care centers, Assisted Living and the Health Center. Both of these centers are set in a welcoming environment where you can feel at home. When entering a CCRC such as Ventana, you have the freedom to live the lifestyle you desire with the added bonus of convenience and community. You won’t have to give up the pleasures you enjoy every day. You get to choose how to spend your days, who you spend your time with, what you have to eat – the possibilities are endless. And should you reach a point when you need assistance with your day to day life, it’s available right within your home. Assisted Living: The Arbors at Ventana has trained professionals and skilled nursing care to provide individualized assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, monitoring medications and other activities of daily living. Staffed on a 24-hour basis, The Arbors features a choice of private one- and two-bedroom suites, which Members can furnish as they wish. Memory Care: The furnished rooms in Garden View at Ventana are designed for those with mild-to-moderate dementia, such as Alzheimer’s or similar conditions. The goal of our specially trained staff is to minimize stress for Members and to help them maintain their independence and individuality for as long as possible. Skilled Nursing: At The Glen at Ventana, registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses, with the help of trained caregivers, provide long-term skilled nursing care on a 24-hour basis. Our team works directly with you, your family, and physicians to develop individual, personalized care plans, all in the comfort of a private room. Rehabilitation: Ascend Rehabilitation at Ventana is an appropriate setting for individuals who are recovering from surgery or illness, require concentrated rehabilitation or need short-term care. Our restorative approach reinforces the appropriate healing and rehabilitation process and promotes independence. Ascend features private, furnished rooms. Rehabilitation: An array of services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy will be available to Ventana Members. These services are offered on a fee-for-service basis, but are often covered by a Member’s personal medical insurance plan when prescribed by a physician.
Wellness at Ventana – Importance of Staying Fit As You Get Older
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, as you age, muscle and bone mass decrease in the body and may develop problems in your muscles, joints, and bones, such as back pain, osteoarthritis, or osteoporosis. But with regular exercise, the loss of muscle mass slows down. Exercise also strengthens bones, and reduces joint and muscle pain. In addition, mobility and balance are improved, which reduces the risk of falling and suffering a serious injury, such as a hip fracture. So what types of fitness and wellness programs are offered? A shorter answer would be – what programs are not offered? Ventana puts your wellness first, and ensures that you have the resources available to stay healthy, and have a fun time doing it. These programs were designed to complement and empower your lifestyle.
- Fully-equipped fitness center
- Periodic health screenings
- Fitness instruction and exercise classes
- Health and wellness lectures
- Emergency response system
Joining a CCRC may fit in with your future plans and allow you to live the happy, healthy, fulfilled life that you deserve. Ventana by Buckner’s luxury senior living officially opened on August 19, 2019. To find out more about how you can choose this active lifestyle for your overall well-being, visit our website.