Telling the LSS Story: Life Plan Communities

​Many of LSS’ communities are what we call “Life Plan Communities.” But what does this really mean? And most importantly, how does this benefit the seniors we serve?

One of the greatest benefits of moving to a Life Plan Community, which used to be called Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs, is having a plan for the future if needs change. A Life Plan Community has all levels of living located on one campus, with priority access to more care and help if needed. Levels include independent living, assisted living, memory care, long term care, and short stay rehabilitation.

A recent study showed that residents of Life Plan Communities have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness. This study, conducted by Mather Lifeways and Northwestern University, highlights that Life Plan Community residents are living notably happier, healthier lives than their peers in other living arrangements. In addition, the transition to other levels of living to receive more care can be easier as the resident is still in the same, familiar community.

Independent Living

Independent living is exactly what it sounds like – residents enjoy a full range of amenities and abundant opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. Chores such as housekeeping and yardwork are taken care of, freeing up time to take advantage of the amenities available in the community.

Assisted Living

In assisted living, residents have help with daily activities including medication administration. There’s dedicated staff available to assist residents when needed. Residents in assisted living have active lives with educational opportunities, wellness programming, and fitness classes available if they are interested.

Long Term Care

Long term care provides nursing care 24 hours a day with customized plans to the resident’s needs and wishes. Opportunities for social and educational interaction are available as well.

Memory Care

Memory care has around-the-clock care and special life enrichment programming to help cognitive functions and keep memory care residents active. There is a focus on consistency to keep memory care residents comfortable.

REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation

Short stay rehabilitation, known as REACH at LSS, is focused on getting guests stronger and back to their previous level of living after a hospital stay. Therapy offered includes physical, occupational, and speech.

Even though many people move to a Life Plan Community as independent living residents, that doesn’t have to be the case. People also move into a community as assisted living residents when they need more assistance. Some move to a Life Plan Community as care center residents when they need 24-hour, long term nursing care. Sometimes guests of short stay rehabilitation decide to move into a community as fulltime residents after their rehab.

As an LSS team member, you can be proud to support LSS communities and Life Plan Communities that help older adults live their lives to the fullest!