What Is Continuing Care?

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"Continuing care" refers to a type of retirement community in which several healthcare services are offered on one central campus. This provides residents with fast access to medical care and assisted living, according to Retirement.org.

Continuing care communities are characterized by four main aspects. Residents in the community have the option of independent living, also known as residential living, which means residents who don't need personal assistance can live in an apartment or townhouse without a nurse or caregiver present. The second aspect, assisted living, refers to residents who require a little extra help with daily activities and healthy living, according to Retirement.org. Memory care provides help and care to residents who suffer from diseases like Alzheimer's. The final aspect, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, is the on-campus healthcare center that provides a myriad of services to every resident.

Residents who are gradually becoming more dependent or need more care don't have to move from one nursing home to another. Married couples who are placed in continuing care communities can require different levels of care and still live together in the same facility, according to Retirement.org. They can share meals, spend time with other couples, and engage in activities provided by the campus.