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Living Independently… When Your Spouse Needs Care

Posted by Twin Towers on March 9, 2017

Lew a community member at LEC with familyFor Lew, the only retirement community he even considered was Twin Towers Senior Living Community in Cincinnati. He and his wife already had friends there; they already loved the place. 

Their move, unfortunately, was made out of necessity as his wife dealt with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After a year at Twin Towers, she passed away. Lew, a retired P&G manager, said his children immediately were ready to help him move out and find a condominium outside the retirement community. “I said, ‘No way. They spoil me here. Why would I want to move?’ ” 

For eight years now, Lew has lived in a patio home where staff take care of the maintenance, cooking, cleaning, and more. He doesn’t need to worry about snow on the driveway. He doesn’t need to mow the lawn. Instead, he spends his days taking trips with fellow community members, attending events or joining a new resident committee. 

Read more about Lew’s story and others living at Twin Towers Senior Living Community in Cincinnati with your free eBook, Opening Doors at a Senior Living Community.

Couples Moving Together into Senior Housing

Making the move to a senior living community is always a major life change. But when a couple can make that move together, the decision becomes a little easier. 

Like Lew and his wife, it’s not uncommon for older adults to need different levels of care or assistance. The ideal situation is to find a senior living community that allows the couple to remain together while both gaining what they need to live a fulfilled life. 

For example, Twin Towers is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), meaning it offers several levels of housing and assistance. 

On the Twin Towers campus, there are independent living homes, assisted living apartments, rehabilitation services, and skilled nursing care. As a member of the CCRC, you gain the continuum of care and are guaranteed an independent home or apartment, all the services and amenities of the active community, and assisted living care or skilled nursing care at the community, if you or your spouse would ever need it.

Why Couples Choose a CCRC?

A main benefit of moving into a CCRC as a couple is you and your spouse can remain independent and active while knowing care and support is there, on-site, when either one of you need it. 

The services and amenities of CCRCs vary from community to community, so it’s important to find a community that matches you and your spouse’s interests and lifestyle. At Twin Towers, the services and amenities include a fitness and aquatic center, performing arts center and art gallery, chapel, daily activities, several dining options, lifelong learning opportunities, transportation, and more.

How is a CCRC Different From Independent Living?

An independent living community likely will involve just your current housing needs, while a CCRC provides housing and care now and into the future. Many also see a CCRC as an attractive investment into their future

For Lew and his wife, moving to Twin Towers provided peace of mind, assurance, comfort, fun and community. 

“The people here, both residents and staff, are just great,” Lew says. “They’ll do anything for you. The community watches out for one another, whether it’s sharing a meal together or watering your neighbor’s plants.” 

At Twin Towers Senior Living Community in Cincinnati, Ohio, we offer a wealth of services exclusively for our residents. Whether you want restaurant-style dining venues, housekeeping or access to our fitness center, our top priority is making your life easier and more enjoyable. 

We invite you to visit our campus, tour our apartment homes and spacious single-family patio homes and experience what a day is like at Twin Towers. Schedule your visit to Twin Towers right here or give us a call! 513-853-2000.

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Topics: Senior Lifestyle and Care

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