Top 3 Questions When Thinking About a Life Plan Community

Are you considering a new approach to active older adult living, something easy, fun and all-inclusive? Look no further than a Life Plan Community like The Estates at Carpenters.

Life Plan Communities, also referred to as Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs, offer a full continuum of care and a wide spectrum of senior living options. What’s important in a Life Plan Community is that the needs of the older adult are provided for, from wellness to physical activities and from learning to dining. 

In a recent study conducted by Life Care® Services, the full continuum of care at Life Plan Communities proved critical in boosting resident mood, concentration and emotional well-being. 

If you’re thinking about moving to one of these communities but aren’t sure where to begin, we’ve got the place to start. Here are the three most important questions to ask when looking into a Life Plan Community.


1. How many independent living units are available?

Having a sense of the number of units, both open and occupied, helps you determine whether the community is right for you. If you’re currently looking for an independent living residence and not any additional medical care, you need to be sure that the community offers that sort of unit. Ask about occupancy rates and compare them to the answer you get from question three.


2. What services are included with my monthly rate?

Every independent living community is different, but all of them require an entry fee and a subsequent monthly fee. The monthly rates cover multiple levels of care, depending on your need, and give you peace of mind while settling into your new independent living residence.

Many active older adults find that a Lifecare option meets their needs. The Estates at Carpenters provides one such option that thoroughly covers their amenities and services, along with any health care services needed down the road.


3. How have your monthly rates changed over the last five years?

Knowing this helps you sketch out a five-year action plan and reach an estimate as to how much you can expect monthly costs to increase. It’ll also give you an idea of how much the community has expanded and what other developments they might have planned for the future. Request both monthly and yearly figures to get an idea of the community’s financial stability.


How The Estates at Carpenters Cares for You

The Estates at Carpenters is a not-for-profit CCRC specializing in living independently, assisted living, skilled nursing care or rehabilitation. We offer a unique advantage to Lakeland and surrounding Winter Haven, Florida, area retirees. Come visit our community near the renowned Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

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