As you age, it’s a common desire to stay put in the home that you have grown to love and are comfortable living in. Who wouldn’t want to age in place? But for some, relocating to a continuing care retirement community, otherwise known as a CCRC, offers a broader variety of amenities and provides additional support as your health begins to change. Think of it as a one-stop-shop option that provides a better living environment and, most importantly, peace of mind that lets you enjoy your golden years.
“Living in a CCRC means that you don’t have to move again,” said Lynne Furlough, RN/LNHA Campus Director at South Bay at Mount Pleasant. “If you choose to live at a senior living center that does not have a health care component, and find yourself suddenly in need of short- or long-term rehab, you then have to move to another facility. Here, in our South Bay community, you still maintain your residence. It’s a tremendous benefit.”
A CCRC provides multiple levels of care for seniors. At South Bay, it starts with an independent living campus for ages 62 and up, living solo or with a spouse or partner. The community is comprised of several apartment style floor plans in the main building, and plans to complete Townhome style residences in 2021. “In an independent apartment, there are no health care services provided, but you have many opportunities to socialize with other residents as well as participate in a wellness program, including the use of a swimming pool, spa, water aerobics, a gym, yoga and more,’ said Furlough.
Another benefit of a CCRC is that all the costs are included in one monthly bill. Your maintenance, housekeeping, weekly bed linen change, and even transportation are all services included in your monthly rent, so you have even less to worry about. South Bay offers three dining venues for meals, from casual to full-service fine dining, or you can make it yourself on the outdoor community grills or choose to prepare your own meal in your well-appointed kitchen.
“For residents who have some cognitive impairment due to dementia or Alzheimer’s, there are 20 apartments dedicated to their care in Shem Creek Health Center,” said Furlough. “Here, residents can maintain their ability to go outside and move freely within the safety of the community.”
South Bay also includes a short-term care unit. “Maybe an independent living resident has a joint replacement, heart attack, or stroke and finds themselves in need of short-term rehabilitation,” explained Furlough. “These stays are often fully covered under the resident’s Medicare or Managed Care program, allowing the resident to maintain their Independent Living apartment during their Rehab stay.”
Once a resident becomes a long-term care patient, they relocate to the 24-hour care apartments. “This isn’t your grandma’s nursing home,” said Furlough. “The units are 24-hour luxury units with one-bedroom suites that include a separate bedroom area.”
Another benefit is having access to a physician right on campus at South Bay. “That’s a big plus for the residents,” said Furlough. “MUSC Health Geriatrics offers a full range of primary care services exclusive to South Bay residents. South Bay residents in all levels of care find peace of mind knowing they have seamless access to care with our board-certified geriatricians.”
Getting older comes with an entirely different set of worries and concerns. A CCRC can help to reduce those worries and allow you to live your best life, knowing that help is just a short distance away.
For more information, visit https://www.southbayatmountpleasant.com/ or contact South Bay at Mount Pleasant, 1400 Liberty Midtown Dr., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464; 843-936-2800.