Senior Living Options in Charleston, WV
Making a move to senior living is a life-changing decision, but it’s one most residents ultimately wish they’d made sooner. Even so, when you’re beginning your journey to find senior living in Charleston, West Virginia, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
As you’re considering what kind of senior living community might be a good fit, you may come across the term “continuing care retirement community” — or CCRC. Another term you may hear is “Life Plan Community”; this is simply another name for the same type of community. For many older adults, these communities offer an ideal retirement lifestyle in the short-term, as well as a practical plan for the future.
What is a CCRC?
A continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, guarantees its residents a place to live and priority access to a continuum of care for life.
Edgewood Summit — the only CCRC in the Charleston, West Virginia, area — offers multiple levels of care you can access on-site if or when you need it. That translates into a plan for your future care, and peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
A CCRC can also provide financial advantages. One is the potential to protect your assets for your estate. At Edgewood Summit, you can expect to pay a Resident Deposit (some communities call this an “entrance fee”), which is partially refundable depending on the specific plan you choose. The refundable portion of the Resident Deposit is returned to you or your estate, regardless of how long you live at the community or which levels of care you may need to access at any point during your residency.
Living in a CCRC also means you can count on a predictable monthly fee; at Edgewood Summit, your fee includes all living expenses except telephone and internet service. In addition, you’ll receive a Health Care Benefit that entitles you to a lifetime discount for any long-term care you receive while living within the community.
Which living options does a CCRC offer?
Most CCRCs, including Edgewood Summit, provide a full spectrum of senior living care on-site so residents can access the support they need without ever leaving the community.
A CCRC is often especially appealing to older adults who envision retirement as an active, vibrant lifestyle, because they’re able to start enjoying the community’s amenities and conveniences right away. Independent living residents are generally autonomous, yet they appreciate the freedom of maintenance-free living and services like housekeeping. Additional amenities include restaurant-style dining, a fitness center, wellness programming, scheduled activities, and other conveniences designed to help you live the life you love. An added benefit is the chance to build friendships with peers in the same stage of life.
The goal of an assisted living facility is helping residents stay as independent as they want to be. Residents are typically in good overall health but need a bit of extra support with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, grooming or other personal care tasks, including medication management. At Edgewood Summit, individualized service plans ensure you’ll receive the support you need to remain active, independent and engaged, so you can continue to enjoy a high quality of life.
For seniors experiencing memory loss, memory care communities offer a comforting and nurturing environment that encourages residents to retain and build self-esteem. Unlike other types of senior care, memory care is tailored specifically to the unique needs of those who are experiencing memory loss, from familiar routines to special security measures that protect against wandering tendencies. Edgewood Summit’s approach to dementia care provides emotional support and calming stability that you and your family members can count on if you develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
After an illness or injury, or a medical event like a heart attack or stroke, short-term skilled nursing may be just what the doctor ordered to get you back to feeling like yourself. Or, if you develop a chronic health condition that requires monitoring, a skilled nursing facility can provide that long-term care. Residents in skilled nursing require ongoing medical care by licensed professionals, but their needs aren’t such that long-term hospitalization is practical or necessary. At Edgewood Summit, skilled nursing is reserved exclusively for residents of the community, and you can count on innovative wellness programming to help you reach your highest potential. In fact, our quality of care, exceptional services, amenities and staffing levels consistently rank among the highest in West Virginia.
Many seniors don’t realize even a brief hospitalization can deplete muscle tone and strength as much or more than an injury. Rehabilitation facilities help you regain your independence after an illness, surgery or injury through a variety of therapies, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and more. Edgewood Summit residents have exclusive access to comprehensive therapies and post-surgical care, which means you can count on getting back to your familiar surroundings while you heal.
Where can I find a CCRC in Kanawha Valley?
Edgewood Summit is Kanawha Valley’s only locally owned, not-for-profit CCRC. Our sole purpose is to operate our senior living community for the benefit of residents, and all profits are funneled back into the community. As a nonprofit CCRC, we hold ourselves to a higher standard of care than stand-alone nursing homes (but you don’t have to take our word for it; our 5-Star Medicare rating speaks volumes).
Our scenic mountaintop campus, paired with our on-site health services, makes Edgewood Summit a comfortable and welcoming setting for now and for the future. Contact us to learn more about our friendly, hospitable community and our unrivaled culture that is 26 years in the making. Be sure to ask about discounted Resident Deposits available on select apartments.