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The Benefits of Care Continuum when Choosing a Seattle Retirement Community

The Benefits of Care Continuum when Choosing a Seattle Retirement Community

The choices for retirement living are abundant, especially at the beginning of a search. 

Choosing a Seattle retirement community is a significant and complex decision that involves considering multiple factors. As the search for senior independent living begins, it is important to consider the amenities and activities available on the campus, but more importantly to fully understand the higher levels of care available if and when the need arises.

What is a Continuum of Care?

A continuum of care refers to a spectrum of care services offered to residents within a retirement community. A continuum affords independent living residents’ access to the appropriate type of care if and when their care needs increase. The purpose of the continuum is to provide a comprehensive, integrated and single-site system that promotes wellness, independence and quality of life.

The continuum ranges from short-term skilled nursing rehabilitation to full-time assisted living or memory care.

Independent living

Independent living refers to residences for those ready for retirement, ready to ease the burden of home ownership and those who are seeking the social opportunities associated with communal senior living. 

Assisted Living

Services are designed to help residents retain as much independence as possible. Individual care plans are developed for each resident’s unique needs and may include medication management, mobility support and help with the many activities of daily living.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing takes place in a hospital setting and is predicated by a Doctor’s orders. Types of service provided in skilled nursing units include post-fall rehab, post-surgical rehab, post-infection rehab and end-of-life care among other services. The typical skilled nursing stay is eighteen days and many stays are covered by Medicare.

Memory Care

Memory care services are designed for people with cognitive decline and dementia. Memory care is often received in a locked unit for the highest safety measures and quality of life for those residents.

Is it Common to Find a Continuum of Care Across Retirement Communities?

The hallmark of a continuing care retirement community is access to higher levels of care such as assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing under one roof.

In recent years, access to the full continuum of care in retirement communities has changed.  Many retirement communities have exited or outsourced skilled nursing due to the financial burden that sometimes accompanies skilled nursing operations. When considering Seattle retirement community options, be sure to learn about the specific levels of care provided by each.

The Importance of Retirement With a Continuum of Care

The continuum of care provides seniors with the support they need to maintain their independence while addressing any future care needs that may arise. Many independent living residents never need to access the continuum of care, however, easy access to care under one roof when the time arrives offers great peace of mind by eliminating the need to travel for care or move to a new residence altogether.

Learn More About The Hearthstone: the Leading Seattle Retirement Community

Recognized by Newsweek as the number one continuing care retirement community in Washington State, The Hearthstone offers so much to current and prospective residents, including independent living and access to a full continuum of care in Seattle’s beloved Green Lake neighborhood.

The Hearthstone at night

The Hearthstone campus consists of three buildings: The Flagship Lakeside building on the shores of Green Lake, Cove West and Cove East. Residents in any of our buildings are afforded a full complement of community amenities and CCRC health services, including skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. Beyond those invaluable services, The Hearthstone provides a true sense of comfort and belonging to all who are happy to call our community their home.

To learn more about The Hearthstone, call  (206) 517-2216 or complete the contact form.

  • As a long-time Green Lake resident, when I began to explore retirement living communities, The Hearthstone quickly became the perfect choice. I have met so many wonderful and interesting people here. I enjoy having a bistro in my building and access to so many excellent fitness classes, movies, educational classes and other activities offered. I made the best decision for me, and it is a gift to my children as well. They are grateful that I reside is such a safe, caring and supporting community and so am I.

    ~Terri, Cove East
  • Our decision to move to Cove West at the Hearthstone took several years. We were specifically looking for a non-profit CCRC in order to meet any future healthcare needs. The Hearthstone’s well-established reputation stood out as did the Green Lake location, which in our opinion is unmatched in the Seattle area.  All of the community's amenities and the newly-built (at the time) Cove West sealed the deal. Last but not least, we have found true community with our neighbors.

    ~Dave and Judy, Cove West
  • We lived separately and happily at the Hearthstone for several years, and we still consider our individual moves here to be very good decisions. We met at dinner one evening and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. As a result, the second, totally unexpected decision we made to move in together was another very good decision. Together, we have found something we thought was lost forever. Not everyone finds love at eighty-one. We wouldn’t have either had one of us not moved to The Hearthstone.  

    ~Keith and Therese, The Lakeside
  • I love living at The Hearthstone and in the wonderful Green Lake neighborhood. My fellow residents and I make up a close-knit community in which there are countless opportunities to improve our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. And the food is good too!

    ~Don, The Lakeside
  • We love calling the Hearthstone our home, as does our dog Dosey, who is SO happy living just one block from Green Lake park. Exercise classes and the well-equipped gym keep us physically active. Music trivia and local excursions are fun. The staff supports our daily living with maintenance, cleaning, rides, trips, humor and kindness. We feel lucky to live here.

    ~Ann and Mary, The Lakeside
  • It is all about community at The Hearthstone and not just the Green Lake neighborhood community.  While we love living in such a vibrant neighborhood, it is the true sense of community with other residents and staff members that makes The Hearthstone so special.

    ~Frank and Jean, The Lakeside
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