For 96 year old Catherine Mack, the idea of leaving her home is inconceivable. Even though the nearby retirement community is reputable and well-kept, she has no desire to move in. “I think in a place like that, life is restricted,” Mack remarks, adding, “I like to do what I want to do when I want to do it.” Rather than move into an assisted living facility, Mack has chosen to get services from the retirement community’s “C.C.R.C. without walls” program.
About a dozen continuing care retirement community (C.C.R.C.) programs exist across the country, but several more are under development. Traditional care communities charge a substantial entry fee – starting at $250,000 – and steep monthly fees (between $2,000 to $4,000) for housing and assistance as needed. While C.C.R.C. without walls programs also charge fees, the costs are considerably less, and seniors can remain in their own homes. Similar to a dependable home care system, the main focus of such programs is to help people stay health and independent in their own homes.
When C.C.R.C Is Not an Option
While C.C.R.C without walls programs may seem ideal, they are not available everywhere. Many seniors may not even qualify, as members must be healthy and functioning at a high level of independence. Those with chronic health conditions or disabilities are typically excluded – including seniors with cognitive impairment.
C.C.R.C. care coordinators keep an eye on members’ physical health, but do not provide actual care like a home health aide would. However, most programs cover the full cost of any in-home care that is needed. This would include the cost of a home health care aide, personal care aide, or rehabilitation. Potential members would do well to check the contract to ensure the program includes coverage for a quality home care system, such as ClearCare. Using reliable home care software guarantees better quality care and safety for all patients.
Unlike the limitations of C.C.R.C programs, ClearCare’s home care software and home care system have no such restrictions. Whether a senior simply needs occasional assistance, or a dementia patient requires full-time care, ClearCare’s home care system coupled with a reliable home care provider is beneficial for all.
What Home Care Software Has to Offer
While C.C.R.C. programs have tiered plans with varying levels of benefits, depending on how much you pay, ClearCare’s home care system is the same affordable price for every client, no matter what their circumstances are. Your home care software will help with:
- Medication reminders
- Daily tasks
- Keeping health information updated
- Consistent scheduling
If you have older loved ones that need daily care, what type of arrangements would suit them best? For more details on how ClearCare’s home care software and home care system benefit seniors and their families, see our website.