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What is the Difference Between a CCRC and a Nursing Home?

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When it comes to senior living communities, there are quite a few misconceptions. The most prominent of them being that they all resemble a hospital-like setting – but this couldn’t be further from the truth!

When considering senior living options, it’s important to understand the difference between Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and nursing homes. Though both are designed to serve older adults, they cater to different needs and lifestyles.

Nursing Homes: Focus on High-Level Care

Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing, are designed for seniors who require 24/7 medical care and supervision. The residents of these communities often have significant health needs or chronic conditions that require professional nursing care and rehabilitation services. Nursing homes provide a safe and supportive environment but are focused more on healthcare than lifestyle amenities. Activities and socialization opportunities are generally available, but the primary focus is supportive care.

CCRCs: A Comprehensive Approach to Senior Living

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer a broader range of services designed for seniors seeking an active lifestyle with a safety net of care for the future. A CCRC combines independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and more within a single community, allowing residents to age in place if and when their needs change over time. 

CCRCs provide a range of amenities that cater to active seniors including fitness centers, dining venues, housekeeping, and various social and recreational activities. These communities offer a more holistic approach, focusing on enhancing quality of life, while also offering care services if needed. The key advantage of a CCRC is that it provides a continuum of care, allowing residents to transition to higher levels of care without needing to relocate.

Meadow Lakes: A Model CCRC

Meadow Lakes is a CCRC that provides a vibrant and engaging environment for active seniors. As a resident of Meadow Lakes, you or your loved one can maintain your independence while enjoying a range of services that make life easier and more enjoyable. With restaurant-style meals, housekeeping, concierge services, and numerous activities, you can embrace an active lifestyle without worrying about day-to-day chores.

One of the unique benefits of Meadow Lakes is its comprehensive continuum of care. If a resident’s needs change, they can seamlessly transition to different levels of care, from assisted living to skilled nursing, without leaving the community. This flexibility provides peace of mind, knowing that care is available if needed.

The Meadow Lakes campus offers a unique mix of housing, hospitality, and healthcare all in one convenient location. As a CCRC resident at Meadow Lakes, you maintain your own private, spacious apartment or cottage while benefiting from a range of services and amenities right outside your door that make life easier. 

Hear from a Resident

Enid Mantell, a resident at Meadow Lakes, shares her experience: “For me, an active social life is the most important thing. At Meadow Lakes, there is always something new to do and learn. I enjoy the art classes, and the staff here are friendly and helpful. I wake up every morning to a beautiful view of the gardens, and as I walk down the halls, everyone says hello with a smile. It’s a wonderful place to live.”

Mantell also shares that she specifically enjoys the art classes here that fulfill her creative needs as well as the many other programs, such as Springpoint’s wellness initiative: LivWell, and other events offered in the community. 

Experience Meadow Lakes Senior Living Community in New Jersey

If you’re interested in exploring what life at Meadow Lakes could look like, consider scheduling a personal tour. You can choose to visit in person or book a virtual appointment. Either way, you will get a sense of the welcoming community, engaging activities, and the comprehensive care that Meadow Lakes offers.

Contact our team today to learn more about what makes Meadow Lakes a top choice for active seniors seeking a CCRC.

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