Finding the right senior living solution for your aging parent or loved one can change their life. It can provide a place for them to flourish free from the demands of homeownership and the isolation of living alone. However, with so many options to choose from, how can you be sure which choice is the right one? There are only so many hours in the day, and you undoubtedly have other areas of your life to balance.
Researching senior living communities and retirement homes can feel like an overwhelming task. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some guidance and resources during your search? Just think of how much easier the process could be knowing what to seek and where to look for help. Let this guide be a resource to aid you in your search. Here are a few beneficial components to seek in a potential senior living community. Using them as a starting-out point can help narrow your search and locate the best option.
Look for a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
A CCRC is a senior living community or campus that provides a continuum of care for residents. This means that it offers multiple levels of service or care. This is beneficial because it allows residents to continue living in the same location even as their needs change. For example, they may move into the independent living level to live in a community with nice amenities and friends nearby. After a few years, they may begin to experience some physical limitations and require assistance with mobility or daily tasks like safely bathing. In a CCRC, they can simply transition to the assisted living level (oftentimes staying in the very same apartment). This allows them to remain in a comfortable and familiar setting knowing that their needs will always be met.
Seek a Non-Profit Organization
When a senior living organization is non-profit, it means that surplus revenue is funneled back into the community. This is not to say that for-profit companies do not reinvest their resources; however, the drive to maximize revenues and profits can sometimes lead to cut corners and subpar care. Non-profit status also prevents large chunks of money from being funneled to executive bonuses and shareholder dividends. Instead of an executive team, non-profit organizations are generally run by volunteer Boards of Directors with no financial stake. This allows them to redirect money where it will truly serve the community without bias. It also helps reduce costs for residents and their families.
If you would like to learn more about a non-profit Ontario CCRC, contact Inland Christian Home. We take pride in serving as a resource for anyone who is in search of a senior solution – even if they do not wind up choosing our community. What is important to us is that you have all the information you need to make the right decision for yourself, your loved one or your family. Call us today at (909) 983-0084 or reach us online.