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The best care for your loved ones — and even more.

While no two retirement communities are exactly alike, understanding the types of living options, the levels of care and general terms will give you a good base of knowledge to compare options and help your family make the right choice. Listed below are some common retirement community terms, for a better understanding of today's senior living options. Contact us to receive your complimentary Comparison Chart, and see for yourself the value of retirement living at La Costa Glen.

For healthy seniors not requiring assistance with the activities of daily living, there are several options for a maintenance-free lifestyle. The following types of residential living communities are often age-restricted for those 62 or older.

Active Adult Communities are typically centered around a golf course or other attraction, and residents purchase a house or townhouse. Amenities vary, but available services are limited and typically don't include meals, transportation or access to health care.

CCRCs (continuing care retirement communities) often combine (although not all do) senior housing options with comprehensive services and amenities, and a wide range of educational and social activities. Priority access to on-site or nearby health services may also be included, making the CCRC option a flexible, long-term choice for residential living.

Residents typically pay an entrance fee (many use a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their home) and a monthly fee that covers services and amenities, such as meals, housekeeping, maintenance, transportation and more. CCRCs may offer various contract (residency agreement) options. Entrance fees may be nonrefundable or up to 100 percent refundable. Rental options may be available. Some contracts include health care benefits that help offset future health care costs if residents need assisted living, skilled nursing or other care in the future.

For assistance with the activities of day-to-day living, such as dressing, bathing and managing medications, assisted living provides as little or as much help as needed.

Long-term care varies from community to community, but CCRCs have transformed the environment from the nursing homes of previous generations. Today, most CCRCs offer rehabilitation therapies, recovery care and innovative programming for 24-hour nursing care.

Memory support, sometimes called memory care or dementia care, is personalized support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or other types of dementia. Available at many CCRCs, memory support is designed for a better quality of life, not just for residents but for those who love them as well.

Have questions about your options? Contact us at La Costa Glen. We can help you sort through the information to feel confident about the future.

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