Continuing Care Communities Advocate Aging With Others

Big thanks to Wendy Foster, for submitting this blog post, which conveys the brand promise of The Clare, a continuing care retirement community on Chicago's near northside. Wendy is an account executive at Ivy Marketing and works with The Clare.

Aging in place is the catch phrase used for describing when seniors remain in their homes.  In theory it sounds ideal as it prevents the necessity of change, and permits the senior to continue to be surrounded by his/her things.  In reality, what it doesn’t facilitate is allowing the senior to be surrounded by what’s more important than belongings. Aging in place greatly limits the likelihood of the senior being surrounded by people and activity.  Isolation, which is a common consequence of aging in place, can lead to significant health problems, depression and an over-all diminished quality of life.

Many times a caregiver will be an integral part of the aging in place picture.  As the senior’s health changes, he/she will increasingly require help with medications, daily activities, transportation, housekeeping and food preparation.  If the caregiver is a family member, this dramatically changes the family dynamics. A loving spouse of many decades is no longer an equal partner; a devoted child swaps roles with his/her parent.  While care giving for a family member can sometimes be rewarding and meaningful, it has the potential of being diminishing for the senior, exhausting for the caregiver and damaging to the family structure.

If the caregiver is a professional, hired to work with the senior, it is virtually impossible for that one person to provide all of the necessary help and care while simultaneously acting as a friend and companion.

The Terraces at The Clare, which offers assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing, is most effective because it uses a team approach to care and engagement.  Rather than one person being responsible for a senior’s well-being, a team of caring and compassionate healthcare professionals take care of the seniors’ necessities so that he/she and family and friends can focus on what they’d like to be doing, rather than what they need to be doing. 

Duane of Chicago helped his aunt, Harriette move to The Terraces after a health crisis. “She was in the hospital and after surgery, needed rehab.  We were lucky enough that there was one space available for her at The Terraces,” Duane said.  After rehabilitation he said, it became clear that she shouldn’t return to her home where she’d been living independently.  “She wouldn’t accept anyone living in her apartment with her, and honestly, she didn’t need that,” he said.  “It’s wonderful at The Terraces, because she has independence and mobility and freedom but there’s help if she needs it.”

While Duane originally hoped for his aunt to rebound back to normal after her rehab, he was surprised and delighted that she surpassed that expectation.

“Her health has increased so much since she’s moved in.  She has more stability and structure.  There are more people surrounding her here, and she has much more social interaction,” he said. Harriette was never an avid cook, and Duane said that while living independently, she’d be more inclined to skip meals than prepare her own.  Now enjoying the dining services at The Terraces, her weight has stabilized.  “Her heart is stronger than it’s been in years.  She goes to the gym, which she had never done before.  The staff knows her and adores her and the most important thing is that she’s in a good, safe place,” he said. For more information regarding The Clare, call 312-784-8100. 

 

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Tags: CCRC, The Clare

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