What is a "Continuum of Care" Facility? Is it a Good Choice?
Spanish Cove, a retirement community in the Oklahoma City suburb of Yukon, offers a good definition on its website of a “Continuum of Care” facility, also called a “Continuing Care Retirement Community”:
A Continuum of Care Retirement Community offer[s] amenities and programs for every phase of retirement, from independent living to home health care, assisted living and nursing care. Residents enjoy a lifestyle that is maintenance-free and carefully customized to meet the needs of each individual.
The Oklahoma Department of Health’s Directory of Nursing Homes lists 18 Continuum of Care facilities in Oklahoma. They are in Bristow, Broken Arrow, Chickasha, Edmond, Enid, Oklahoma City, Owasso, Ponca City, Tahlequah, Tulsa and Yukon.
Elder Way, a good website on elder care, lists a few advantages to a Continuum of Care campus. The site mentions:
• Aging in place: As a senior’s health changes, the senior does not necessarily need to change facilities, since the Continuum of Care facility is staffed and equipped to help people at all stages of the aging continuum. This is about more than simply the convenience of avoiding a move. As a senior grows older, an important factor in that senior’s overall well-being is having familiar caregivers, a familiar environment and familiar friends.
• Spouses living together: Obviously, when a senior couple who has been together for decades moves to a retirement facility, they want to spend their remaining years together. However, the two members of a couple usually have different health needs and require different levels of care. A Continuum of Care facility is a place where both individuals can receive the help they need, without moving to separate facilities.
• Access to wide variety of services: At a facility with limited services, a resident may delay or neglect receiving needed treatment, because it is not available at the facility where that senior lives. Obviously, a Continuum of Care facility possesses the broadest range of services and treatment options.