What does “security” mean to you when it comes to senior living? Does it mean living in a place that has literal security and care so you don’t have to worry about your health needs changing? Does it mean living somewhere that caters to your needs now…as well as your needs in the future? Or does it mean a living situation where you truly don’t have to worry, because no matter what happens in your life – financially, physically or emotionally – you will always have a home and never have to worry about moving out.
“There are many options to think through when choosing a senior living community,” says Mary Scott Russell, Director of Community Relations of East Ridge at Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade County’s only true LifePlan Community. “If you’re a younger senior, it’s important to think through what type of community works for you now – and whether or not the community will be able to accommodate you if your needs change in the future. You don’t want to sacrifice your current security and live in a place that doesn’t meet your needs now but will later, and likewise you don’t want to sacrifice your future security by living in a place that meets your needs when you’re active and independent but won’t if you need assistance.”
One of the ways that today’s seniors are reducing the stress and decisions in their golden years is by moving into a LifePlan community – meaning, a community that is able to accommodate all levels of care, from completely independent living to memory care and everything in between. Today’s senior living communities are rising to the occasion by providing the services that seniors want and demand.
“A LifePlan Community is more than just a place to live – it’s true peace of mind,” says Russell. “At East Ridge at Cutler Bay, we say it’s a wise investment that allows each person to live a lifestyle that enhances their life, free from worries and eliminates the stress of decision-making.”
One of the factors that can cause seniors to hesitate when choosing a LifePlan community, says Russell, is the seemingly high cost compared to other senior living options – something that residents at East Ridge at Cutler Bay don’t have to worry about.
“Our pricing structure is what makes East Ridge at Cutler Bay different from other LifePlan Communities,” Russell says. “We provide the peace and freedom that LifePlan brings to residents while having flexibility to meet every resident where they are – in terms of their care options.”
5 Ways Lifecare Replaces Worry with Security
- Freedom from worry about the rising cost of health care.
As we age, it’s pretty much a given that our health needs will change – and our medical bills will increase right along with your needs. Services such as assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support can get pricey, which can be a stressor for family members as well as seniors. At a LifePlan community, however, residents don’t have to worry about their medical costs rising – once they’ve been accepted and as long as they continue to pay their monthly fee, they won’t ever have to pay extra, no matter how much their health needs change in the future.
- Peace of mind knowing your care needs will always be met.
Not only do you not have to worry about the rising cost of health care – you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to receive the care you need. LifePlan communities have all levels of care available on one campus – even care such as skilled nursing or rehabilitation. Neither you nor your loved ones will have to worry about moving out of one community when your care needs increase, or worry about looking for a suitable place to go. It’s all right there – right in the place you’ve come to call home.
- Release from worry about increasing monthly prices.
While the monthly fee you pay may slowly increase over time due to the rate of inflation, you won’t ever have to worry about significant rate hikes – even if you move from a lower level of care to a higher level of care. Many communities also have financial assistance or some fund in place to care for residents who, through no fault of their own, no longer have the financial resources to pay their monthly fee – thanks to the assistance available through the LifePlan model, residents will always have a home. No matter what.
- Enjoying maintenance-free living and freedom from chores.
Living in your own home is certainly freedom of a sort. But a home also comes with real estate taxes, chores, home repairs and lots of other things to worry about. Moving to a LifePlan community frees you from all that. No longer do you have to worry about shoveling snow, or mowing the lawn, or replacing the water heater or even cleaning or doing laundry. All the maintenance is included in your monthly fee – so all you have to do is enjoy your life, and never have to worry about chores again.
- East Ridge has everything you need to live well – and age well.
“Aging well” means being proactive about your health and taking care of your whole person – mind, body and soul. As we get older, it can be harder to do things like stay social, stay active and keep our minds engaged. At a LifePlan community like East Ridge at Cutler Bay, the entire community is designed around wellness – keeping senior adults as active and independent as possible by providing services and amenities like fitness classes, lifelong learning opportunities, healthy and nutritious dining and countless opportunities to socialize, make friends and spend time doing things that are fulfilling and meaningful. Living an enriched and engaged life is the best way to age well – and provide peace of mind for the future.
About East Ridge at Cutler Bay
East Ridge at Cutler Bay is Miami-Dade County’s only true LifePlan Community. The not-for-profit community draws from the neighborhood charm of suburban Cutler Bay and the vibrancy of Miami in a lush tropical setting of 76 acres, located at 19301 SW 87th Avenue. The community offers a continuum of care including independent and assisted living apartment homes in a neighborhood setting, respite and skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation services available within Three Palms Health Center.
For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 305-290-2346