You want the best for your loved ones.
You want them to enjoy a fulfilling retirement lifestyle. That may include helping them find the right living option – the one that suits them now, and for years to come. John Knox Village of Central Florida has the information you need to understand your retirement community options to help your loved ones make the right choice. Or, depending on circumstances, help you make the right choice for them.
The allure of maintenance-free living.
For many people, the time comes when the burdens of maintaining a private home become overwhelming and the idea of maintenance-free living is increasingly attractive. If your loved ones are feeling that way, your role may be to help them find the right option, or simply support and encourage their decision. If they need convincing, however, you may want to start the conversation.
If health care is not an immediate or near-term concern, you may be thinking an active adult community or age-restricted residential community is the right choice; however, the need for health care often arises sooner than we think. Choosing an option that provides independent living now and a plan for care in the future, if ever needed, is a good idea. That option is a continuing care retirement community, which includes Life Care retirement communities like John Knox Village.
Why choose a CCRC for independent living?
The decision to move from a family home to a retirement community packs an emotional punch for most people. So it makes sense to choose a community that suits your loved ones now — and also offers care services they may need in the future. Experts say 60 percent of Americans who reach the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point. With its full range of living and care options, a CCRC offers the most flexible, long-term choice for both active independent living and future quality health care.
What does a CCRC offer?
Communities vary in many ways, but all CCRCs offer a full range of living options, including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. Additional care services may also be available, such as memory support and rehabilitation.
How can I tell if independent living is right for my loved ones?
If they have been living independently, they’re healthy and are managing minor medical concerns on their own, independent living is probably the right choice. If you have any doubts, there are signs to look for that can help you assess the situation before calling on expert help to determine the level of care needed.
What does it cost to live at a CCRC?
Costs vary from one CCRC to another, and among various contract options at a single CCRC. Where available, contract options are designed to fit different situations and desires, so it’s a good idea to sit down with a community counselor for an explanation and cost comparison.
Typically, residents who join at the independent level pay an upfront entrance fee, based on choice of residence, and a monthly fee that covers services and amenities. Entrance fees can vary from non-refundable up to 100 percent refundable, and rental options may also be available.
Some contracts include health care benefits that help offset future health care costs if residents need assisted living, skilled nursing or some other level of care in the future. When your loved ones become a resident of a Life Care retirement community like John Knox Village, they can age in place with security and peace of mind, knowing they won’t have to move to receive higher levels of care. If they ever need assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing, they have guaranteed priority access to right here on our campus, at predictable monthly fees well below the market rates. They’ll never lose their residence or their access to health care, even if their financial resources are depleted. It’s care for life – hence, Life Care.
For more information on residential options at John Knox Village, contact us.
When additional health care may be needed.
Are you noticing changes in your loved one’s behavior that seems to indicate a decline in their health? Are you helping your loved one more often, taking on more responsibility, and worrying more? When someone’s health declines, often the family member who lives closest takes on caregiving or care-coordinating responsibility. If that’s your situation, it’s important to realize you’re not alone. You don’t have to do it all. You have resources you can count on.
Signs to look for
If you’re noticing two or more of the following behaviors or changes, it’s time to talk with your loved one about your concerns. It may also be time to get some help from family members or experts.
- Forgetting to take medication or not taking it as directed
- Not eating properly and regularly
- Unexplained weight loss
- Missing appointments
- Increase in accidents or bruises
- Frequent emergency room visits
- Neglecting the bills
- Unusually cluttered or dirty house
- Change in personal hygiene
- Loss of interest in social activities
- Changes in mood or confusion
Work together as a family
If you have siblings or other family members who can help, talk to them. Make sure they know your concerns. Set up a family meeting or conference call if necessary. Discuss the situation, divide responsibilities and agree on an action plan where everyone has a role. Schedule a time to regroup and make sure everything is being accomplished.
Talk to your loved one
Share your concerns about his or her well-being and the plan you’ve developed with other family members. It may be a difficult conversation, or he or she may be relieved you care. Most importantly, you’ll be doing something now that could well be heading off an emergency situation in the future.
Ask the experts
There are many experts available to help, from your loved one’s physicians, to mediators who can help families at odds, geriatric care managers and dozens of other resources. John Knox Village also invites you to rely on our expertise. Contact us online to schedule a private consultation with one of our health care experts. We’re here when you need us.
Resources to help seniors preserve their independence.
National Association of Senior Move Managers
NASMM members are experienced professionals who help older adults and their families with downsizing and moving to a new residence.
Other helpful resources:
Health care resources for the help you need.
Is your loved one thriving on his or her own, or just getting by? Are you seeing changes that raise concerns? Is it time to consider long-term care? What are the options? The costs? Where can you get the help you need? This list of resources is an excellent starting point.
John Knox Village of Central Florida
John Knox Village provides a full continuum of care, which includes assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing. More than 650 residents call our 160-acre, nondenominational campus home.
For more information on John Knox Village, please contact us.
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