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As you grow older and look toward retirement, your priorities start to become more clear. You know how you want to spend your time and you want to make those decisions yourself. Moving into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can provide you with the opportunity and freedom to pursue the hobbies and the lifestyle you want, without the burden of the everyday responsibilities that go along with homeownership. It’s a common misconception that seniors won’t be able to live the private, independent lives they desire when moving into a continuing care retirement community. But after learning a little more about this type of community, you may find it’s even easier to live an independent lifestyle at a CCRC than by aging in place. Viamonte at Walnut Creek is an independent living community with an emphasis on arts and culture, fitness and wellness, continuing education, community events and much more. Just minutes from downtown Walnut Creek and a short distance from the Bay Area, residents live a carefree lifestyle with so much opportunity at their fingertips. If you’re considering your options post-retirement, understand how a CCRC, also known as a life plan community, can fulfill the independent lifestyle you’ve been seeking.
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As you grow older, the most important parts of your life typically don’t take up too much space. Many CCRC’s, also known as a Life Plan Communities, have spacious options for you and all of your belongings, but many seniors opt to downsize for a number of reasons. And while this looks different for everyone, freeing up space to allow for a better flow of energy can never hurt. So if you are considering downsizing when planning for your future, you may find yourself making room for health, freedom, and spending time with loved ones. Some benefits of moving into a Life Plan Community are obvious – you won’t have to take care of a home, easy access to healthcare – but there are added bonuses you may not have considered. Joining Viamonte at Walnut Creek will allow community members to stretch their retirement and minimize their housing expenses and maintenance. Read on to learn more about if it’s the right move for you or your family member.
Downsizing Gives You the Financial Freedom You CraveMoving to a CCRC allows you to save money that you’d otherwise be spending on your mortgage, repairs, and everyday household items. And the sooner you start your move to the CCRC, the sooner you can start saving. With the money you’re saving on household items, you’ll have more to spend on experiences and activities. A recent study by ARCO focused on setting standards for retirement communities, surveyed residents of a CCRC. The study notes that “having less need for property maintenance, access to communal facilities and availability of 24-hour support and domiciliary care on-site were the main reasons given for moving to a Retirement Community.” And it’s not just the cost that people move for – it’s also the upkeep that’s time-consuming and requires a lot of effort. Moving into an independent senior living community will allow you to spend your time and money on what means the most to you.
Increased Sense of Well BeingResidents understand that when staying at a CCRC, their health and wellness is at the forefront of their days. The community they’re a part of is dedicated to ensuring their minds and bodies are taken care of. The ARCO study also found that residents of retirement communities, such as a CCRC, are substantially happier, healthier, and have a greater overall sense of well-being than their counterparts who opt to remain in their current home.
HealthIndependent living at a CCRC allows residents to operate independently, while also providing the convenience of necessities within arm’s reach. Viamonte’s continuum of care means residents have the security of knowing they’ll be taken care of should they need extra attention as the years go on. Assisted Living is designed for those who require help with daily activities. Their customized care plans will be carried out by compassionate caregivers within the residents’ homes. Viamonte’s Memory Care Center is available for those dealing with mild to moderate dementia.
Quality of Life FactorThe study shows that a majority of residents (55%) agreed or strongly agreed that their quality of life was higher now than a year ago – four times as many of them said this as compared to non-residents. The factors that contribute to a higher quality of life span far and wide, from cultivating relationships with others to providing opportunities to get involved in programs. Viamonte even offers wellness programs and fitness classes to ensure residents stay on top of their health.
Steps to Take to Prepare for Your MoveYou may be considering downsizing in the far future, but it’s never too early to take steps to prepare for this life event. By starting early, you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed down the line. Take the following items into consideration when preparing to downsize.
Don’t over-save for the next generation.Be generous in your giving. There are many people who aren’t fortunate enough to have some of the belongings you have. Consider donating to good causes so that others can use some things that you are no longer using. Around the holidays you’ll find many drives and events where donations are requested.
Be thoughtful with new purchases.You don’t want to be purchasing new things just to look to downsize in the future. This doesn’t mean you can’t buy anything new, but start to adopt the lifestyle that if you purchase something new, give one old item away.
Purge paperworkYou may have files of important paperwork saved up, and it’s best to get ahead of going through these items. When you start, you’ll probably realize that you’ve been holding onto a lot of paperwork that you no longer have a need for. Downsizing doesn’t have to be a scary experience, in fact, the majority of residents currently living in a CCRC believe they’re happier overall. And at Viamonte at Walnut Creek, the friendly and professional staff, amenities and services all contribute to this wonderful community. To learn more about Viamonte at Walnut Creek, contact us at 925-621-6600. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and to arrange for you to visit our Preview Center and model home. Visit our website to learn more about your options.
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If you or a loved one are considering a move to a senior living community or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), many factors have an effect on which place is the right place—and one of the factors that many seniors overlook is location. Today’s modern seniors don’t want to live in an isolated community with no connection to the surrounding area. They want to be in the middle of things, with happening neighborhoods and metropolitan areas nearby, so there’s never a shortage of things to do or places to explore. Located in the “Jewel of the East Bay,” the senior living community Viamonte at Walnut Creek offers the best that Northern California lifestyle has to offer. Just 30 minutes from Oakland and roughly an hour from San Francisco and San Jose, Viamonte puts residents close to three blossoming cities—among numerous other coastal areas and natural parks. Beyond all that, Viamonte’s residents get to call Walnut Creek home. Because of its proximity and access to multiple forms of public transit, no senior living community compares with Viamonte at Walnut Creek. The CCRC is part of The Orchards at Walnut Creek, a dynamic mixed-use lifestyle center that features the finest architectural and landscaping designs. It also features a state-of-the-art grocery store, retail shops, and unique outdoor social spaces—so Viamonte and its residents will stay an integral part of all the exciting things going on in the area. To learn everything Walnut Creek has to offer, and why it’s an ideal location, read on!
Everything at Your DoorstepViamonte is situated alongside shaded woodlands under the peak of Mt. Diablo, providing a tranquil, natural setting for residents to enjoy every day. The community is also located just minutes from the bustling multi-generational retail, dining, and social center of downtown Walnut Creek, CA. Because of this, Viamonte puts you at the intersection of nature and culture, to revel in the best of both worlds of California living. To access Walnut Creek, you can take the neighborhood shuttle to get downtown with ease, or you take the shuttle to the nearby Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, which can bring you to all the pleasures of the Bay Area. In your own backyard, you’ll have The Orchards, with all the essentials for daily life—banking, salons, dry cleaning, electronics stores, groceries, several restaurants featuring diverse cuisines, and, of course, a Starbucks. Then there’s downtown Walnut Creek, a pristine area that consistently attracts visitors from all over the Bay Area and beyond. You can stroll down Main Street’s local boutiques, or shop in Broadway Plaza’s upscale stores. The town boasts more than 100 restaurants and over 200 stores—so whatever you’re in the mood for, Walnut Creek has it. Walnut Creek has been voted the best shopping town in the East Bay in the past, and it’s made Livability’s top 10 Best Foodie Cities. Want to play golf, listen to some jazz, or attend a wine tasting? This is your place. Walnut Creek is famous for top-class events, such as the annual Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival, which will celebrate its 39th consecutive year in 2020. And the town and surrounding East Bay area host all kinds of goings-on, from sporting events to book signings, fairs, farmer’s markets, volunteer efforts, conferences, and more.
Never a Dull MomentWith all this surrounding Viamonte at Walnut Creek you can truly live the life you enjoy and envision at this CCRC designed for modern seniors. There really is no limit to the possibilities surrounding Viamonte, which makes it a special place to live. And that’s before you even factor in the facilities, services, amenities, and care available to Viamonte residents. With all that the senior living community, Walnut Creek, and the Bay Area have to offer, life at Viamonte at Walnut Creek truly is unique. You could be perfectly happy without ever leaving the campus or The Orchards—there’s still so much to do! But you could also spend time every week visiting downtown Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, or any of the other destinations easily accessible via shuttle and the BART rail system. Not to mention all the opportunities for sightseeing and exploration in nature, such as Walnut Creek’s 22 state parks, 2,700 acres of open space, and the nearby Mt. Diablo State Park.
What’s Next?Whether you choose to stay close to home or broaden your horizons, the Walnut Creek location of Viamonte places you at the exact center of the life you want to live. To learn more or to experience Northern California’s premier senior living community, contact Viamonte at Walnut Creek to visit the Preview Center and model home before going to explore the surrounding area. Call Viamonte at 925-621-6600, or learn more on our website.
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When seniors begin considering their options for the future, it can be difficult to know where to start. Viamonte at Walnut Creek understands the concern and exists to provide an environment where seniors can embrace their independence and freedom, with everything they need right at their fingertips. There are so many factors to be considered as we age that it can be overwhelming–from the pressures of staying healthy, to having access to healthcare when we need it. Becoming a part of a Continuing Care Retirement Community addresses these concerns for you, all while allowing you to have total control of your life, in your own space. Viamonte at Walnut Creek is a new vision in retirement living in California, with shops and restaurants in walking distance, and views of the Mount Diablo peaks. Read on to find out if Viamonte could be the right fit for you or your loved one’s future.
Viamonte’s Continuum of CareViamonte’s Continuum of Care means that we’re dedicated to serving seniors, no matter what type of care they’re in need of. As you or your loved one’s needs adapt and change as they age, Viamonte will adapt with them. You’ll have the security that comes from knowing care will always be available – right within your own, private home in the community, for carefree senior living.
Care Options for AllYou know how you want to live your life, and we want to serve as the perfect setting for you to do just that. Several different senior care options are available for a wide range of lifestyles, featuring the following: Independent Living Individuals and couples live independently in their own spacious home, which includes features and services such as maintenance and housekeeping. From the comfort of their residence, they have access to, and are free to explore, the full range of lifestyle, amenities, educational and entertainment programming and resources Viamonte offers. Assisted Living Assisted Living services are provided at Viamonte for residents who need help with daily activities. Residents who require Assisted Living continue to enjoy many of the same culinary, recreational and learning opportunities as those in Independent Living, while receiving the benefit of customized care plans and the attention of compassionate caregivers which can be provided within the comfort of their own home. Memory Care Our Memory Care Center offers furnished rooms designed for residents with mild to moderate dementia, such as Alzheimer’s or similar conditions. The goal of our specially trained staff is to minimize stress for residents and to help them maintain their independence and individuality for as long as possible. And for extra peace of mind, contained within every Continuing Care Residency Agreement with Viamonte is our enduring promise. This is a promise that, in the unlikely event your resources become exhausted, you will not be asked to leave the community. To learn more about this benefit, contact us for access to the Viamonte Residence and Care Agreement.
Maintain Freedom as You AgeAs the body ages, it has a great impact on how we think and feel. According to University Health News Daily, it’s important to remain social, exercise our brains, and seek medical help as needed to battle depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions that can cause a feeling of hopelessness. Viamonte provides seniors the resources they need to be independent in their life, while also having access to endless opportunities. These opportunities encourage them to live a healthy, active lifestyle and make lasting friendships, which will in turn will help them feel happier.
Live the Life You Want at ViamonteBecause participating in enjoyable activities and engaging with others is so crucial to seniors, Viamonte offers a robust calendar of programs to stimulate, entertain and inform. There’s something for everyone, with an emphasis on arts and culture, fitness and wellness, continuing education, community events, and clubs and programs. Beyond Viamonte’s on-site activities, seniors can also take advantage of the lively Walnut Creek area. Residents will enjoy classes, concerts and lectures as well as excursions to museums and performances in Walnut Creek and beyond. Residents can take a brief stroll to The Orchards where a vibrant world of convenient shopping, dining and socializing awaits. The grocery store is also right within walking distance when you need to pick up a carton of milk and eggs. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in nature and the great outdoors, with all these areas right down the street. The neighborhood shuttle is always available for a trip downtown or to the nearby BART station to access all that awaits you in the Bay Area, from the symphony and ballet to museums, restaurants and stadiums. If Viamonte seems like the right choice for you or your loved one, visit our website to learn more about your options.
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If you or a loved one are considering different Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) options, a good criteria to emphasize in your search is a community that puts the “active” in “active senior living.” An abundance of research shows that the more physically, mentally, and socially active seniors are, the happier, healthier, and longer their lives tend to be. A CCRC with a lively community, crowded event calendar, fitness and wellness services, and opportunities for social engagement is the ideal kind of place—and it just so happens that Viamonte at Walnut Creek is exactly this kind of senior living community. To learn why being active is so important for seniors, and how Viamonte prioritizes active senior living, read on!
Wellness of Body and MindAs people age, it becomes more and more important—not less—for them to stay active and engaged in society. On a physical level, routine exercise has been shown consistently to lessen the negative effects that aging has on the body, such as decreased bone and muscle mass, reduced joint flexibility, and increased risk of fractures or chronic illness. A George Washington University study found that seniors who are inactive and spend most of their time doing sedentary activities “drastically raises the risk of walking disability.” By engaging in moderate exercise and moving the body multiple times per week, seniors can feel better in their day-to-day lives, stay healthier, and be more independent. Exercise has also been shown to reduce rates of depression, anxiety, and stress. Of course, physical activity is only a piece of the puzzle. Mental activity is equally as important, because just like the rest of the body, the brain can grow weaker as people age—but it can also be strengthened, simply by being used frequently. Activities such as crossword puzzles, reading, learning a language, and hobbies have been shown to help prevent memory loss and improve mental health. Last but not least, social activity is key for seniors as well. By staying involved in a community, forming and maintaining friendships, and participating in social events, seniors can help prevent the feelings of loneliness that tend to affect those who don’t stay socially engaged.
Independence and Activity at CCRCsOne misconception that people may have about moving to a CCRC, or a life plan community, is that people think they’ll be less active and independent once they move to the senior living community. What these people tend to discover is that the exact opposite is the case—seniors usually become more independent and more active once they leave their previous homes and enter a senior living community. The reasons for this make lots of sense, when you think about them: For one thing, many seniors who are living in their longtime homes are isolated and dependent—they likely don’t know as many people in their neighborhoods as they used to, their friends and family may be far away, and they’re less physically able to take care of household chores and maintenance than they used to be. Once they move to a senior living community such as Viamonte at Walnut Creek, these seniors soon realize how much the CCRC services make them more free to forget about home maintenance, to enjoy superior medical care whenever it’s needed, and above all, to interact with a like-minded group of individuals who are welcoming and excited to develop strong social bonds. Additionally, because so many CCRCs provide wellness and fitness programs, healthy dining options, and lots of activities and events, seniors often tend to lead much healthier and more rewarding lives once they move into a retirement community.
Staying Active at ViamonteViamonte at Walnut Creek brings the idea of active senior living to a whole new level. One main cause of this is the sheer amount of top-class amenities that Viamonte’s residents get to enjoy on campus. These amenities promote an active lifestyle in all three facets that matter: physically, mentally, and socially. From Viamonte’s outdoor fireside lounge to its gas-fired grill area and bocce court and more, there are plenty of open spaces to share with friends. The art studio and library stand as just a couple of the great areas for mental stimulation, while the pool, spa, and fitness and wellness centers are ideal for keeping bodies in healthy physical condition. Beyond the on-campus activities at Viamonte, senior living at Walnut Creek comes with tremendous off-campus opportunities as well. Walnut Creek, California boasts restaurants, events, shopping, nearby attractions, and more. The opportunity to interact with the Walnut Creek community is one more way that Viamonte residents keep themselves active.
Want to learn more?If the active lifestyle at Viamonte at Walnut Creek appeals to you, we’ll be thrilled to discuss your potential future in our community. To visit our Preview Center and model home, or to ask any questions you may have, give us a call at 925-621-6600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When seniors consider moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (also referred to as a Life Plan Community), they tend to share a number of common questions and concerns about making such an important life decision—and understandably so. Choosing to move to a CCRC, and finding the right community, requires thoughtful research, planning, and discussion. If you or your loved ones are thinking about moving to a CCRC such as Viamonte at Walnut Creek, here are some essential starting points to help you make a more informed decision. Common Concerns The majority of concerns about CCRCs come from worries about finances, healthcare, and the culture at the community. Questions like, “Does the CCRC accept long-term care insurance?” “What are the fees required of residents at move-in, and each month?” and “What is the community like?” are some of the most prevalent concerns people raise. It is perfectly natural, of course, to be thinking about these things. People want to know that they will be able to afford to live at a Life Plan Community, that the community’s finances will be stable, and that the community will provide its residents with quality amenities and services. They want to understand what healthcare options are available to them, what different payment options exist, and what the medical staff is like. As for community, they want to know if they’ll get along with the other residents, whether people in the community are active and engaged, and also what kinds of activities they’ll be able to enjoy at the CCRC. Financial Misconceptions In addition to valid concerns and questions, there are also some misconceptions that exist among people researching a Life Plan Community, particularly when it comes to cost and value. Many look at the price tag of moving to a CCRC and get sticker shock, thinking that they can’t afford it. But often, through sound financial planning, they discover that living at a CCRC such as Viamonte at Walnut Creek is actually realistic (and practical) to do so. One thing that people often don’t consider is the level of costs inherent in not moving to a CCRC—the costs of staying at home, or “aging in place.” Home maintenance and repairs, in-home healthcare, and many other expenses can make aging in place much more costly than many seniors realize. Fee Structure at Viamonte at Walnut Creek To understand why Viamonte at Walnut Creek is an excellent choice among CCRCs, it’s important first to discuss the fees that residents pay. At Viamonte, residents are responsible for a repayable entrance fee and an ongoing monthly fee. These fees cover residents’ housing costs, as well as a wide array of services and amenities (which we’ll discuss in the following section). Viamonte’s fees are determined based on an affordable and sustainable financial model, which gives residents peace of mind. Entrance and monthly fees are standard among almost all CCRCs and Life Plan Communities, so evaluating which are worth the money comes down to understanding what sets the best senior living communities apart from the rest. The Value of Viamonte At Viamonte at Walnut Creek, future residents will enjoy an active, engaged lifestyle where the little details of the community make a world of difference. Viamonte’s comprehensive services for residents will include multiple dining options; a housekeeping and linen service; cable TV and Wi-Fi internet access; recreational, social, and educational programming; salon and spa services; and more. As for amenities, Viamonte will feature an outdoor fireside lounge, a gas-fired grill area, a bocce court, an art studio, a wellness center, a fitness center, swimming pool, performing arts center, a card and game room, and a number of other building features geared specifically for maximizing the physical and mental wellbeing of the resdents in our community. Combined with the friendly and professional staff, these amenities and services will make Viamonte a wonderful place to live. Add in the vibrant community of outgoing, caring individuals who will live at Viamonte, and the result is a special community worthy of being called “home.” To learn more about Viamonte at Walnut Creek, contact us at 925-621-6600. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and to arrange for you to visit our Preview Center and model home.
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How Senior Living is Better at Viamonte
- Viamonte at Walnut Creek is a mission-driven community where everyone has a voice.
- Viamonte residents will live at the intersection of all their needs.
- Want to see what sets Viamonte apart from other CCRCs? Make an appointment at the Viamonte Preview Center to learn more.
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When you wake up at Viamonte at Walnut Creek, your world will be filled with opportunity. You will be able to find friendly faces, as well as activities to enjoy with others. Part of the dynamic experience of senior living at Viamonte is that we make sure those activities are always available to our residents. While there may be a lot to keep track of, Viamonte takes pride in providing an atmosphere where residents will be able to live active lifestyles with no strings attached. By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of all that Viamonte is able to offer its residents, including:
- The different lifestyle/residence features available
- Each of the on-site amenities offered
- Nearby attractions and places to visit
- The Orchards at Walnut Creek—A brand new lifestyle center with a state-of-the-art grocery store.
- Broadway Plaza—An upscale shopping mecca with over 50 retail stores.
- Mount Diablo State Park—A 20,000-acre destination for hiking, climbing, and taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
- Lesher Center for the Arts—Performance center with three separate venues for theater, ballet, and comedy/literary events.
- The Gardens at Heather Farm—Six acres of beautiful plant and wildlife with sweeping views of Mount Diablo
- A full art studio
- An outdoor Bocce court
- An exhibition kitchen (for those feeling adventurous)
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