How do luxury retirement communities compare to nursing homes?


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Luxury retirement communities differ from nursing homes in that they offer the round-the-clock, in-house care found in a nursing home, but they also allow a resident to live independently in an apartment or with partial nursing support in assisted living quarters. These communities specialize in service and quality of life.

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Nursing homes provide professional health care services to senior residents who cannot live without full-time medical and social support. While luxury nursing homes are available that offer fine dining and abundant opportunities for socializing, these homes are primarily designed to provide treatment for debilitating health issues.

Luxury retirement communities combine varying levels of support and services in a single facility known as a continuing care retirement community. While fee arrangements differ, luxury communities are designed to increase residents’ quality of life through amenities, such as gourmet, chef-prepared meals in dining rooms with table service; architect-designed common and living quarters; cultural offerings, including in-house lectures and transportation to theatres; as well as frequent hosted social gatherings.

The appropriate living option for a resident of luxury retirement communities is often determined through health screening and interviews with social services providers. As a resident’s need for care increases, he can move from independent to assisted living to nursing care quarters.

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