Joan’s Journey: 2013 — A Work in Progress

Hello Joan’s Journeyers! I hope 2013 is off to a good start for you. We’d love to hear from you in the Comments Section at the end of the Blog, especially if you like to share your views on Care Homes and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Although quite different, both lifestyles offer a positive, safe and secure choice for senior housing.Joan's Journey - A Work in Progress Web site explains:

“Care Homes,” may be identified as “Adult Family Homes,” “Board and Care Homes,” Residential Care Homes,” and “Personal Care Homes.” These senior housing options provide lodging, meal services, housekeeping, laundry assistance, and aid with daily living activities.  For seniors who do not need or want 24-hour access to medical services, Care Homes bridge the gap between completely independent living and residential institutions.

Generally, less than 10 people share Care Homes in a traditional house in a residential neighborhood.  Residents usually have their own rooms for sleeping and share common recreation and dining areas. Some homes allow residents to bring their pets. Some allow couples to room together. Social activities and outings for shopping and entertainment often are provided. Most privately-owned homes are licensed and regulated at the state level.

In contrast, “Life Care Retirement Communities,” CCRCs, provides several levels of care to assist seniors over time. A typical CCRC offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing in one location. Residents may transfer within the facility from one type of care to another as their healthcare needs and desires change. In some CCC communities, residents remain in their apartments and health care services as needed are brought to them.

CCRC minimizes disruption to the senior’s life by maintaining the stability of familiar surroundings and continuity of healthcare from one team of providers. The necessity of new housing and healthcare services are eliminated. Initially, CCRC may be an expensive option, but in time this style of senior housing may be financially, socially and emotionally beneficial to the senior and his or her family.

Cindy Fox has been my primary counselor at since Joan’s Journey began in September 2011. Fox is flushing out Care Homes and CCRC communities in Southern California that meet the best criteria in senior housing. In the next Joan’s Journey, we will explore criteria for quality senior housing. Fox will specifically highlight CCRC and Care Home facilities in Southern California. In the meantime, enjoy the journey.

Joan London is a freelance writer who specializes in senior and medical topics. London, who currently lives in Baltimore with her rescue cat Mia, plans to  relocate to senior housing in Southern California in order to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

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