Step one in helping an aging parent or loved one is to learn about the different senior living options available. For example, The Langford at College Station is a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) that provides a unique health care benefit.
Ours is a discount given to independent living residents if and when they require future health care. The Langford's health care benefit, for example, offers independent living residents a discount on future assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care, if ever needed.
CCRCs offer independent living residential options on a campus that also provides convenient services and amenities, educational and social activities, wellness opportunities, and priority access to on-site health care services. With its full range of living ad care options, a CCRC is the most flexible, long-term choice for both active independent living and access to future heath care.
Healthy seniors who can live independently have several residential options for a maintenance-free lifestyle. Independent living at The Langford provides residential condo-style flats in an active and fun senior living community.
Residents purchase or rent a house or
townhouse in an age-restricted community. Amenities may include a clubhouse and
fitness center, but services rarely include meals, housekeeping, maintenance,
transportation or access to health care.
Age-restricted rental apartments with
a range of amenities are known as residential communities. They include some
services - for example, one or more daily meals and transportation. Additional
services are typically à la carte, and access to care, if available, will be at
Licensed, caring professionals assist
with daily living activities such as grooming, bathing and medication
management. Assisted living is designed to help residents maintain as much
control of their lives as they can, while ensuring they get the helping hand
they need. Private or shared apartments, maintenance, housekeeping, three daily
meals, scheduled activities and customized care - these are the hallmarks of
effective assisted living.
Assisted living is most often paid for by the resident. However, it can
partially be covered by VA benefits for some residents, and sometimes by long
term insurance, depending on the policy.
Assisted living costs in College Station could run as high as $9,000 per month,
depending on the level of care received and choice of apartment.
How do you know if a loved one needs assisted
Assisted living is ideal for those who may benefit from getting help with one
or two activities of daily living (e.g., bathing, dressing, medication),
maintenance-free living, 24/7 emergency response, and daily general oversight.
Many seniors move to Assisted Living for the peace of mind gained by having access to health care, either because
they have a current need or foresee a need in the near future. This type of
service and oversight helps residents live longer, healthier lives by helping
prevent falls and other accidents that can be life changing to a senior.
Long-term care and short-term care,
including rehabilitation services after surgery or illness, are provided by skilled nursing centers. Staff members include registered nurses, nurse
practitioners and a variety of certified specialists. Services are provided at
dedicated skilled nursing facilities or, as they will be at The Langford.
Skilled nursing care is charged on a daily basis and is typically paid for by
one or more of the following: Medicare, Medicaid, a variety of supplemental
insurance, sometimes VA benefits, and sometimes long-term care insurance,
depending on the policy. In College Station, skilled nursing rates can range
from $150-$300+ per day, depending on the level of care provided and room
How do I know if my loved one needs
A short-term stay in skilled
nursing most often occurs after a hospital stay, post-surgery, if a
resident needs IV antibiotics, or to transition from intensive hospital care to
a slightly lower level of nursing care. In these cases, it isn't uncommon for
residents to eventually transition to an assisted living community. Other times, a long-term move to skilled nursing occurs because a senior can't receive the care needed at home. In this case, skilled nursing care is more practical financially.
What does it cost to live at a CCRC?
Costs vary from one CCRC to another, depending on the contract options. Most CCRCs offer their independent living residents a discount on future
health care that can make the move surprisingly affordable. Because contract
options cater to different situations and desires, you should ask a community
counselor for an explanation of cost, as well as value.
Independent living residents pay an entrance fee, based on their choice of
residence, and a monthly fee that covers services, amenities and discounted
future health care services. Entrance fees are often partially - or even fully
- refundable, depending on the contract selected. Some contracts include a
health care benefit, a discount plan that helps offset future health care costs
if residents need future assisted living, memory care or skilled
Talk to a sales counselor at The
Langford at College Station
We welcome your questions, whether you're interested in moving or just
learning about senior living. If you'd like more information, want to schedule
a visit or have questions, please contact us.