According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 67% of adults age 65 or older are married. As these couples age, their individual health needs may start to vary. It’s common for one spouse to sometimes become a primary caregiver as they age in place in the home. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that 80% of at home care is provided by unpaid caregivers who spend an average of 20 hours a week on caregiving duties.
However, more and more couples these days are choosing to plan for their future healthcare needs by moving into a continuing care retirement community like Galloway Ridge. They’ve raised children together, supported each other’s careers, and are ready to enjoy a long and happy retirement together.
The Benefits of Continuing Care Retirement Communities for Couples
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) provide peace of mind for couples who wish to remain together, but realize that someday their healthcare needs may change. A CCRC provides a full spectrum of services, from independent living with access to services and amenities like housekeeping and dining, to assisted living and long term care as needs begin to change.
This is especially important to those seniors who may have been faced with becoming the primary caregiver for a loved one whose health is on the decline. A CCRC allows couples to live on the same campus, yet receive different levels of care. One spouse may continue to live independently, receiving only a minimal amount of assistance, while the other may be placed in assisted living or a memory care unit. The more independent spouse is relieved of any caregiving duties, but is still able to be with the other on a daily basis.
CCRCs: The Best Senior Living Option for Couples
It’s best to have the conversation about your future with your spouse as soon as possible. Know your options by researching some communities near you, and decide what type of senior living option would best meet the needs of you and your spouse today as well as in the days to come.
Plus, moving into a continuing care retirement community when you and your loved one are both still active and independent can actually help you stay that way. CCRCs plan social activities and events for all residents to keep their minds and bodies healthy while staying socially active with others. At Galloway Ridge, our Healthy Horizons program promotes the eight dimensions of wellness with custom designed programs to meet the individual needs of the resident.
Be prepared for your future by choosing a continuing care retirement community.
Find out more about the benefits of Lifecare offered at Galloway Ridge by clicking here.