Sifting through literature, websites and manuals in search of the senior care to suit you best, chances are - you’ve discovered that the options are many! Then there’s the recurring thought of relocating - moving once will be a big enough adjustment, and what if my needs change with time, will I face yet another move? Consider a different type of community - a campus of care.
What is a campus of care?
A campus of care is either a residence or several buildings located on the same property in close proximity to one another. It is a community that provides a range of care options and services to seniors, allowing them to remain in familiar surroundings as they age in one location. Over the course of a senior’s residency on a campus of care, they will have access to independent living, supportive living and long-term or continuing care. As you investigate campuses of care that interest you, be sure to understand the varying types and levels of care offered within that particular community.
See the perfect example of campus of care in Maple Ridge, BC.
Advantages to living on a campus of care
Typically a campus of care provides independent living as well as assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support. In the scenario where one spouse requires additional care such as memory care for dementia - the couple need not be separated for one to receive the care that he or she requires. A campus of care allows for couples, friends and senior family members to remain together and enjoy living in the same ‘neighborhood’ as they age, although their levels of care differ. The founding principles are the social benefits as well as an ongoing sense of ‘community’ and ‘home’.
What does a campus of care look like?
Campuses of care are generally located close to shopping, healthcare, entertainment and recreational centers and it’s not unusual to find churches, schools and libraries within walking distance - or at least available via public transit.
Gardens, courtyards and fitness facilities are important focal points in a campus-of-care style community. Wellness and recreational programs for residents are encouraged and communities may also offer music, art and even horticultural therapy to all who would benefit and find enjoyment in them.
I recently visited a campus of care that offered a calendar of social opportunities to keep most anyone busy with something different to do every day of the week! Movie night featured the classics as well as new releases; the sports lounge was hopping with fans of both teams and I’m told that hockey play-off season is a particularly fun-filled time!
Individual accommodations vary by community but one and two bedroom apartments are most popular. Some communities offer bachelor suites and residents usually have the option of private or semi-private living.
Enjoying a cup of Earl Grey in the resident-tended flower garden was undoubtedly the highlight of my visit - I could easily imagine myself becoming lost in gardening and I have no hesitation in recommending a campus of care to a loved one.
Schedule a visit
If you’re considering whether or not a campus of care is right for you, don’t hesitate to arrange an appointment to take a tour or even check if overnight visits are an option. Get the feel of the community and its residents first hand, imagine yourself in the surroundings and most importantly, take your time in careful consideration of how a campus of care could suit your needs now and in the coming years.
Written by Alice Lucette