Choosing an Assisted Living Community: Why Continuum of Care Matters

The phrase “continuum of care” can mean something different depending on what field it’s referring to. When it comes to senior and assisted living, “continuum of care” refers to a comprehensive offering of services that can cover a variety of care needs seniors have.

MacIntosh assisted living communities are able to offer a continuum of care through rehab and skilled nursing services. Here’s why that matters when you’re choosing an assisted living community for your parent or loved one.

When Assisted Living Is Not Enough

Assisted living is a great fit for seniors who are for the most part independent but need a little help every now and again with things like transportation or remembering to take their medicine.

However, assisted living might not be the only care your parent will ever need. This AARP report on assisted living found that the average length of an assisted living stay “ranges from approximately 2.5 to 3 years.” At the end of that period, most residents moved to a community that provided skilled nursing care (also known as long term care).

If your parent moves to a MacIntosh assisted living community, we can meet their needs all on one campus if ever their situation should change. We can work with changing mental, physical and even financial needs, ensuring they receive the proper care.

From Assisted Living to Inpatient Rehab and Back Again

Of course, long term care isn’t the only other option available to assisted living residents. If your parent is in an assisted living apartment and suffers a health setback that requires a hospital stay, they can receive post-hospital rehab services at the MacIntosh community they call home.

Once they’re back on their feet, they can return to their assisted living apartment.


Related: Ask the Expert: Benefits of a Central Ohio Assisted Living Community


More Care Means Less Moving

Yes, moving can be a hassle and some people would prefer to stay at home. But the fact is, it’s more likely than not that seniors will need some form of long-term care—and the likelihood of them needing it only increases with age.

To put this into perspective, consider that 59% of all assisted living residents eventually move to a skilled nursing facility. Moving into an assisted living community with a continuum of care in place means that after the initial move, your loved one will never have to worry about moving again if their needs change.

At a MacIntosh care community, if your parent or loved one ever needs more care than assisted living can provide, they don’t need to pick up and move from one location to another. All they’ll have to do is switch rooms.


Related: Should My Parent Choose AL or Skilled Nursing?


Familiar Faces, Familiar Places

Another benefit of living somewhere that offers multiple care services is the familiarity and sense of community such a place fosters.

We take the time to get to know your parent. It’s a crucial part of our personalized healthcare approach. We get to know not just their healthcare needs, but also their personality, their likes and dislikes.

If your parent begins in assisted living and moves to long term care in the future, they’ll be surrounded by a team that’s familiar with them. This can be enormously beneficial and comforting, to both you and your parent.

Assisted Living for Couples

Couples are more than welcome to live in our assisted living communities. But beyond that, the continuum of care we offer also allows for couples to remain close regardless of different need levels.

Let’s say for example that your dad is a good fit for assisted living. Your mom, on the other hand, needs a little more assistance and is a better fit for long term care. At a MacIntosh care community where both levels of care are available, they’ll be able live on the same campus. They can visit each other whenever they’d like, share meals together and participate in whichever activities and events they enjoy.

Assisted Living in Columbus Ohio

If you have any questions about assisted living, we’re here to help. You can contact us at any of our central Ohio locations or read our guide, What Is Assisted Living?, for more information.