An excerpt from Scott Millers presentation, Florida Retirement Guide: Senior Living, Care Options, Family Choices & Future TrendsFrequently Asked Question: Are There Senior Living Communities in Florida That Have All Forms of Care in One Place?Yes, there are senior living communities that have all forms of care in one place. These communities exist on a very limited basis with a pricey model. Its called a CCRC. A CCRC is a continuing care retirement community, which means every level of care is available on one campus except the hospital. You have independent living, assisted living, memory care, and you have skilled nursing all in one environment. Those come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Westminster Point Pleasant in Bradenton, Florida is an example. Westminster is a large not-for-profit that has CCRCs all over the state of Florida. Very well run model if thats something youre considering. Some of the disadvantages to a CCRC: most of them are buy-ins, which means you have to come up with a pretty good sum of money up front to be able to get in. Now Im going to give you a sticker shock. Those buy-ins can be anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million, and more. The good ones are the not-for-profits. Be leery of for-profit CCRCs. Because if they take that money up front, you want to be sure that that money is being well-invested. That money is there to create a profit pool, to maintain that property, to invest in that property, to reinvest in its residents, but many of the for-profit companies dont do it that way. So if youre ever looking for that environment, look at the not-for-profit first and then know that youre going to be paying some money up front. Now the advantage. If you went to a Westminster community, for example, it costs you maybe $100,000 to $175,000 up front. The communities are to the nines, theyre beautiful, and their care model is incredible. Whats really nice is the money you put up front can be a declining balance back to you or your estate, and it locks in amongst the people that you would pay for as long as you live. And, its much lower than most assisted living communities. So, you could pay $150,000 up front. Theyll take away 2% of that per month. So over the course of 4 years that money goes away. If you only stay 2, half of it comes back to you. You can pay more and theyll guarantee you a 90% rate back over time. The nice part is the cost of living there which they dont call rent, they call maintenance is somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000 dollars a month, all inclusive. You end up in a place where everything is covered. Try to compare the costs of living at home versus in an assisted living environment. Those figures are important when you understand the total costs that go into that particular community. Nobody really knows how much theyre actually paying at home unless they are very, very budget conscious. But, $3,000 a month to be in that environment is very inexpensive when you consider that its three meals a day, seven days a week, your utilities, all of your maintenance, all of the upkeep, anything you could imagine, and full care delivery as you age. And in these communities you can age in place, so if you have to go over to skilled nursing, you dont pay a dime. If you have to go into memory care, you dont pay a dime more. Florida CCRCs are a great option to consider if you are looking for all your senior care in one place.-Scott Miller, CEO of Florida Senior ConsultingDont wait for a crisis! Florida Senior Consulting is here to help you prepare for your retirement journey and find the best senior living communities in Florida, including CCRCs.Call us today at (800) 969-7176 or visit FloridaSeniorConsulting.com to start your journey. The choice should be yours.
When you or a loved one requires short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay, finding the ideal center can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Selecting the right senior rehab facility is crucial to ensuring the best possible care and support during the recovery period. To help in making an informed choice, consider asking the following questions:Availability of Openings and Anticipated Discharges: Inquire about the facility's current availability for new patients and ask about anticipated discharges in the near future. This will give you insight into the center's capacity and when the rehabilitation program may begin.Insurance Coverage and Preapproval Process: Confirm that your insurance is accepted at the facility and learn about the steps required for coverage preapproval. The admissions staff should assist in determining if they are in-network for your insurance plan or help you find out.Staff Specialization: Inquire about the staff's proficiencies, particularly in areas like wound care and orthopedic treatment, which are generally considered standard aspects of care. Additionally, verify the facilitys accreditation from well-regarded organizations such as The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), among others, to ensure the facility adheres to established healthcare standards.Therapy Sessions and Patient Care: Inquire about the amount of therapy patients typically receive. While frequency and duration will, of course, vary based on individual care plans, you may wish to ask to get a general sense.Staff-to-Patient Ratio: Learn about the staff-to-patient ratio on each shift, including the number of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants compared to the patient capacity. A lower ratio often indicates more personalized care.Treatment Team Members: Find out about the other professionals involved in the recovery process besides the nursing team. Will there be a physiatrist, respiratory therapist, or wound care team available to assist in the rehabilitation care plan?Essential Items and Amenities: Check which items should be brought from home and what amenities the facility provides. For instance, the center may suggest bringing sturdy shoes and layered clothing options, among other things.Involvement of Family in Care Planning: Inquire about dates and times for regularly scheduled care planning meetings. Involving loved ones in the care-planning process is important for effective rehabilitation. Outpatient Therapy and Post-Rehab Services: Find out if the facility offers outpatient therapy and inquire about their process for setting up in-home services if needed after the short-term rehab stay is complete. Understanding these options will help you plan for life after rehabilitation.Choosing the right short-term senior rehab center requires thorough research and careful consideration. By asking the above questions and assessing the facility's capabilities, you can ensure that you or your loved one receives the care and support needed for a successful recovery. Always take the time to visit the facility, meet the staff, and get a sense of the environment to make the most informed decision.(Sidebar):How Short-Term Rehab Makes a Difference Highly skilled and qualified staff members are available 24/7 to provide continuous medical check-ups following a hospital stay, reducing the likelihood of returning to the hospital. A dedicated team of therapists and nursing staff can create a comprehensive recovery plan that addresses each residents specific needs, capabilities, and health goals. Continuous care and monitoring encompassing physical therapy, pain management, and nutritional guidance can help prevent setbacks and ensure a faster recovery. Nurses and therapists work together to facilitate a smooth transition back to regular life helping patients regain their confidence and independence while safeguarding against potential risks. Families stay involved in their loved ones healing journey and remain well-informed about the medical status, challenges, and personalized care plans and routines, working with rehab specialists toward a successful recovery.Were here to help. We welcome the opportunity to provide you with information about Mary Ann Morse Outpatient & Short-Term Inpatient Rehabilitation Services or answer any questions. Contact us at 508-433-4400 and email@example.com, or visit us at Short-Term Rehabilitation | Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center.
Common Physical Rehabilitation Therapies for SeniorsAs we get older, life can throw some challenges our way that make it harder to stay active and do the things we love to do. Exercising, participating in outdoor activities or even performing simple household chores can sometimes result in injury, even if youre doing your best to prevent it. You could be playing tennis one day, and when you get home, youve suddenly got pain in your elbow that lasts for weeks. Or maybe you were raking your garden when you realized your back was giving you trouble.At CC Young, we are committed to providing a wide range of physical rehabilitation therapies that can strengthen and offer you relief. Our comprehensive continuum of care includes outpatient, inpatient and home healthcare. Whether you recently came home from the hospital following a surgery, or youre dealing with pesky back or knee pain, our experienced teams of occupational, speech and physical therapists are here to help you get back on track. Our goal is to provide seniors the therapeutic support they need to regain their independence and transition back to daily living activities smoothly.Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab DefinedInpatient The physical, occupational, or speech therapy care you receive while in the hospital to prepare you to transition home.Outpatient When recovering from an injury or illness, you may need additional therapy when you leave the hospital. This may take place in your home or a rehab facility, with the goal being to help you heal and return to daily living activities.Why is Rehab Important?Sometimes people try to avoid physical therapy and rehab, believing they will be fine without it. Its important to follow the instructions of your doctor or medical team and get the care your body needs early on. Physical and occupational therapists have a toolbox of ways to get you back to full functionality. Skipping this step could result in permanent damage to your joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and possibly your overall posture, resulting in more pain and suffering in the long run.Common Physical Rehabilitation Therapies for SeniorsWorking with team of rehab experts who specialize in therapies for seniors can give you a better chance to prolong your longevity and comfort levels over time. Here are some therapy options you can expect in a community like CC Young.WalkingSometimes simple movement is the best therapy. This is especially true if your range of motion is limited. The gentle, natural movement of walking is one of the best ways to condition your body to perform again, whether youve been through physical trauma or just overdid it in your backyard.StretchingIf you have a muscle spasm or even just tight muscles, stretching is a great way to alleviate pain and stiffness. Our physical rehabilitation therapies include guided stretching sessions to help you loosen up sore muscles without injuring them further.Resistance TrainingAnother therapy that can help you regain your former strength is resistance training. Using weights and resistance bands, our therapists will guide you through the best exercises to help relieve your pain and rejuvenate your muscles so you can be active again.Aquatic TherapySome exercises are best performed in the water. Water takes pressure off your body, removing the aggravation of gravity from aching joints and muscles, and warmth amplifies that effect.At CC Young, we have an aquatic therapy program that is designed for the needs of older adults. Our pool is at a therapeutic temperature, and our deep well allows patients to float and stretch their joints to give relief. With our support and classes, you can do exercises in the pool that you cant do on land, and you can also avoid the risk of falls and injuries more easily while in the water. Often, people come to the pool in pain, and through aquatics therapy, they find relief more quickly than expected.Strength TrainingYou might be tempted to shy away from lifting weights when injured, but with the help of our highly skilled therapists, strength training can remain a part of your routine. This therapy will help your muscles maintain or regain their strength as you heal.Balance and Coordination ExercisesSome injuries, especially leg, ankle and foot injuries, can have a negative effect on your balance and coordination. Our therapists will use all the tools and techniques at their disposal to help you regain balance and coordination, while helping to prevent falls and further injuries.Flexibility and Range of Motion ExercisesPain and injury can limit your range of motion, making everyday tasks difficult. At CC Young, we have a wide variety of techniques that can help you regain your flexibility.Cardiovascular ExercisesBelieve it or not, getting your blood pumping is a crucial component of the healing process, as well. We integrate cardio exercises into our physical rehabilitation program to facilitate whole body wellness.Functional TrainingThis step is a turning point in your physical therapy journey. Functional training allows you to apply the techniques and tools youve learned in other therapies to real-life situations. By practicing activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, navigating the kitchen and moving around the house, we can assist you with everyday tasks. Functional training takes concepts like strength, range of motion, balance, and pain management, and translates them into practical movements that you can practice at home.At CC Young, our Rehabilitation and Aquatics Center offers physical, occupational and speech therapies that allow you to regain the strength and independence you need to return home safely and with confidence. The mock kitchen, laundry room, restroom, and car allow patients to practice daily living activities. Additionally, the outdoor Sensory Garden simulates a community environment, complete with grass, curbs and yard for training purposes.For more than 97 years, CC Young has been of service to seniors who need comprehensive support. Our five-star rated community is comprised of caring senior rehabilitation experts, who can help you or a loved one gain the strength and confidence needed to transition back to normal life.November 29, 2023 | CC Young Senior Living