When you think about your life after retirement, what do you prioritize? Happiness? Health and wellness? What about all of the above? The goal of a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, is to provide its members with everything they need all in one place. You’ll be able to enjoy the privacy you’re used to, while also having the peace of mind that you’re taken care of should your health needs require it.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT A CCRC?
There is no one size fits all approach to a senior lifestyle, as every individual ages differently with different needs and interests. And at many CCRCs, you will find that there are various options available for you to choose the best fit. CCRCs are age-restricted communities that offer a continuum of care that includes a combination of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing, all in one place. For example, Viamonte at Walnut Creek’s Continuum of Care approach means that we’re dedicated to serving seniors in need of various types of healthcare. As you or your loved one’s health needs change with 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. CCRCs are also known to be the fiscally responsible option, as health care costs typically fall under an umbrella. Medical bills can build up over time and become astronomical if health issues continue to rise as you age. Lancaster Online puts it simply that “they generally fall under three categories: an entrance fee model with contract; a rental model, which has no entrance fee but also offers no coverage for the cost of assisted living or nursing services; and an equity co-op, where residents buy and own their units.” Each CCRC handles payment models differently, so make sure you understand the costs when researching different communities.
WHY IS LIVING AT A CCRC THE BEST CHOICE?
You can live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. The best place to retire means something different for everyone. However, many find that a CCRC provides the privacy you desire, with many conveniences on site. You’ll also be a part of a welcoming neighborhood where relationships flourish and social activity is a part of daily life. Living at a CCRC allows you to make the decisions about what to do with your time. It provides you with opportunities and resources you may not have had access to if you remained at home, such as daily hobbies and events to participate in. Viamonte offers an all-encompassing calendar of programs for both mental and physical health and wellness. There’s something for everyone, from arts and culture, to fitness and exercise, and many clubs and programs for all.
WHAT WILL VIAMONTE OFFER?
Beyond Viamonte’s on-site activities, members can choose from many different floor plans designed for various lifestyles. Members also have access to luxury amenities from a tranquil, rejuvenating spa and fitness facility to gourmet dining venues. And those who join Viamonte can also take advantage of the lively Walnut Creek area, enjoying concerts, lectures and excursions to museums and performances. 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. Of course, there is typically an adjustment period when first moving to a CCRC. It’s a major life change, however, many residents settle in quickly. They adapt to their new way of life, seek out new hobbies and make new friends and relationships. This is why we encourage you to visit Viamonte in person and see it for yourself. If you think Viamonte could be the right move for you or your loved one, visit our website or call us at 925-621-6600.