Where To Begin

Where to Begin When Considering a Senior Living Community

When choosing a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, keep in mind the individual’s unique needs and preferences. First, it’s essential to assess the right level of care. Some older adults simply want to downsize from their homes to independent living for a more carefree lifestyle. Others may require assistance with daily activities, while others may need specialized memory care for conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Consider the overall atmosphere and quality of life within the community. Find out about the available amenities, meals, healthcare, and social activities. Look for communities that prioritize person-centered care, where residents are encouraged to maintain their independence and participate in activities they enjoy. Inquire about the training and qualifications of the staff, as their expertise plays a crucial role in creating a safe and respectful environment. Selecting a community committed to compassion, inclusivity, and personalized care can significantly enhance your quality of life and make you feel at home.

The Benefits of a Continuing Care Community

Continuing care communities offer many benefits that can greatly improve the lives of residents. One of the key advantages is the peace of mind it provides, knowing that as your needs change over time, the community will adapt to meet those needs without the large deposit required of a continuing care community. Whether it’s independent living, assisted living, or specialized memory care, residents can age in place within the same community, eliminating the need for frequent relocations. This continuity of care fosters a sense of stability and familiarity, enabling individuals to maintain a sense of belonging and connection to their community.

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Additionally, continuing care communities offer a robust array of amenities and services that contribute to a fulfilling lifestyle. Residents have access to a wide range of social and recreational activities, fostering a sense of community and promoting a vibrant lifestyle.

From fitness classes, cultural events, and educational programs to on-site dining options and convenient transportation services, these communities prioritize the overall well-being and enrichment of their residents. The availability of on-site healthcare services and staff ensures timely access to medical care, providing convenience and peace of mind to both residents and their families.

By choosing a continuing care community, individuals can enjoy the benefits of a supportive, inclusive environment that not only meets their present needs but also provides a roadmap for the future without having to make a significant financial investment.  

 

Understanding Your Level of Living

Senior living communities offer a range of living arrangements tailored to the needs and preferences of older adults. At Sunny Vista, the following options are available:

  • Independent Living. The Villa at Sunny Vista offers HUD-subsidized independent living for low-income seniors over 62 and disabled adults under 62.
  • Assisted Living. Sunny Vista offers high-quality care and resident engagement based on the five pillars of wellness—social, intellectual, physical, purposeful, and spiritual—and encourages residents to be independent while still getting the care they need.
  • Memory Care. With private one- and two-bedroom memory care apartments, residents receive around-the-clock specialized care from trained professionals who understand the distinctive needs of those with memory impairment.
  • Skilled nursing and Rehabilitation. Short- and long-term rehabilitation suites come with specialized equipment and the latest treatment protocols, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy.

The Difference Between For-Profit vs. NonProfit Communities

Non-profit senior living communities and for-profit communities have distinct differences in their organizational structures and missions. Non-profit senior living communities are driven by a social mission to provide high-quality care and services to older adults. Being exempt from taxes, these communities reinvest their earnings into enhancing resident experiences, improving facilities, and expanding their services. Their focus is on serving the needs of their residents and the community at large rather than maximizing profits.

On the other hand, for-profit senior living communities are businesses that prioritize generating revenue and delivering returns to their investors or shareholders. While they also provide care and services to older adults, their primary goal is to achieve financial success. Profits generated by for-profit communities are often used for shareholder dividends, business expansions, or other investment opportunities.

parent and sonThe difference in organizational structure and financial objectives can affect the level and type of care these communities provide. Non-profit senior living communities often emphasize person-centered care, individualized services, and community engagement. They prioritize their residents’ overall well-being and satisfaction, often offering a wider range of amenities and activities. For-profit senior living communities may focus more on operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness to generate profits. While they still aim to provide quality care, their financial obligations may influence decisions regarding staffing levels, staff training and benefits, and the overall allocation of resources.

Ultimately, choosing between a non-profit or for-profit senior living community depends on the individual’s priorities and values. Non-profit communities may appeal to those seeking a strong social mission and a resident-centered approach, while for-profit communities may offer more competitive pricing and a business-oriented environment. It’s essential to thoroughly research and consider the values and services provided by each type of community to make an informed decision that aligns with the needs and preferences of older adults and their families.

The Cost of Senior Living

Senior living costs in the United States can vary considerably based on various factors, including location, type of community, level of care required, and amenities provided. Generally, the costs can range from around $2,500 to $8,000 per month, with some luxury or specialized communities exceeding this range.

While these figures may seem high, shared services and amenities may offer cost savings in the long run—not to mention the value and peace of mind senior living communities offer. They provide a supportive environment, a range of services, social engagement opportunities, and personalized care, all of which can contribute to overall well-being and quality of life.

What to Expect When Moving to Sunny Vista

Any move is a major life change, and moving to a senior living community often means transitioning to a smaller living space, such as an apartment or a residential unit within the community. Some older adults worry about losing their independence when moving to a senior living community, but communities such as Sunny Vista are designed with every level of need in mind.

assisted living retirement communityNew residents at Sunny Vista may have a period of adjustment, but rest assured the staff will follow you daily for the first two weeks until you feel more comfortable about your new home. There will be new routines and social dynamics to get used to, being open with staff and residents as you settle into your new home will offer you additional support. Participating in activities, events, and outings organized by the community can help ease the transition and build friendships.

These activities can also help combat feelings of isolation and promote mental and emotional well-being. Senior living communities foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among residents. Take advantage of this by interacting with peers who share similar interests and experiences.

Overall, transitioning to a senior living community can offer a supportive and fulfilling environment where you can enjoy your golden years with peace of mind and a sense of community.

Contact The Retreat at Sunny Vista

When you’re ready to make the move to a senior living community, do your research on all available options. Ask friends and family, conduct a web search, ask for referrals from doctors and agencies—or simply inquire into communities you may know about locally. For more information on Sunny Vista in Colorado Springs, contact us today.

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