A Life Plan Community, also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), is a senior living community that provides retirees with every lifestyle – meaning every level of care – that will help them live the best quality of life today, tomorrow and in the future. A Life Plan Community is meant to be a seamless style of living that allows older adults to age in place comfortably, moving between levels of care with minimal disruption.
“The levels of care provided by Life Plan Communities like The Estates at Carpenters are only some of the ways that this type of community improves the quality of life for active older adults,” says Jeanie Tini, Director of Marketing and Sales at The Estates at Carpenters, a Life Plan Community in Lakeland, FL, that offers Lifecare. “Life Plan Communities provide a variety of unique benefits that help ensure that residents live their best lives – no matter their age or what their health needs may be.”
Jeanie says that older adults should consider a Life Plan Community during their retirement lifestyle search because it allows them to upsize their lifestyle while downsizing their tasks and responsibilities. “Moving into a Life Plan Community when you’re younger and still healthy allows you to enjoy everything that retirement has to offer while saying goodbye to chores that have become tedious and tiresome,” she explains. “Most importantly, Life Plan Communities provide peace of mind for active older adults, freeing them from worries about the future.”
There are a seemingly endless variety of senior living options for older adults today. However, many retirees are choosing Life Plan Communities so they can live a lifestyle that helps them thrive today and always. In honor of Self-Improvement Month, we’ve put together just a few of the benefits that Life Plan Communities – or CCRCs – provide.
Benefit #1: A stress-free existence.
Stress isn’t just annoying. It also causes a lot of different health issues and can wreak havoc on an individual’s quality of life. Most retirees are excited to have reached their golden years, but dealing with things like home maintenance, cleaning, cooking and other chores can become stressful and annoying. Moving into a Life Plan Community allows you to give up those tasks and instead devote your time to enjoying everything retirement has to offer. The Estates at Carpenters is a maintenance-free, all-inclusive community that takes care of everything so residents can devote their time to hobbies, passions, making friends and exploring everything this stage of life has to offer.
Benefit #2: Socialization and friendship.
Staying socially connected is incredibly important to our quality of life, especially as we get older. Being around people we care about helps reduce stress, depression and anxiety and can even help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. However, older adults can find it hard to remain social as mobility and other issues make it difficult to connect. Moving into a CCRC provides residents with an instant, always-there circle of friends. As soon as you move in, you find yourself surrounded by other individuals in the same stage of life who are also excited about making new friendships.
Benefit #3: A focus on overall wellness.
Wellness is more than just eating right and getting enough exercise. Wellness means taking care of your entire person – mind, body and soul. A Life Plan Community focuses on providing a lifestyle that gives retirees everything they need to age well in a healthy, happy manner. For example, at The Estates at Carpenters, residents enjoy the benefits of an on-site fitness center, restaurant-quality dining, classes and educational opportunities, engaging activities and hobbies, socialization opportunities, health care and so much more. All these factors combine to provide an environment that elevates quality of life to the highest level possible.
Benefit #4: Optimal safety and security.
Living on your own is nice for privacy, but what happens if an accident occurs? As we age, we become more at risk of accidents and issues such as falling down the stairs, breaking a bone and other potentially dangerous scenarios. Life Plan Communities can help take away a lot of that worry for older adults and their loved ones. In these types of communities, assistance is available every day, around the clock, so that help is available within seconds – literally. Community areas (including living spaces) are also equipped with emergency call systems and other safety features. Besides personal safety, younger and active retirees will appreciate the 24/7 safety and security, because it means they can head off on travel and other adventures without having to worry about getting pet-sitters or making sure their home is secured – since the staff will make sure everything is safe and sound while you’re away.
Benefit #5: Peace of mind and choice.
Perhaps the biggest benefits that Life Plan Communities provide to help active older adults achieve (and maintain) a high quality of life are choice and peace of mind. Choice because all the necessary things in life are taken care of for you (or make it easier for you to do), so you’re able to spend your days as you choose. Peace of mind because you’re in a community that will provide a seamless continuation of care, no matter how your health needs may change in the future. You’ll always have a home, a fulfilling lifestyle you want and deserve and the health care you need.
About The Estates at Carpenters
The Estates at Carpenters is a Life Plan Community offering worry-free independent living, assisted living and high-quality skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. For over 35 years, The Estates has provided older adults in the area with an active, engaging lifestyle filled with abundant choices and the amenities and services that make life easier. A lifestyle designed to keep older adults healthy and well today – and tomorrow.
For more information on The Estates or to RSVP to an upcoming event, contact Jeanie at 863-279-4503 or visit our website.