Kathy Kammer, Senior Director of Community Relations at Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, Virginia, says, “Thinking about your future health care needs may not be the most enjoyable thing you do in a given week. Nonetheless, planning experts advise that it is extremely important.
“Although none of us can predict what the future holds, we can take steps now to prepare for it. By creating a sound plan for our future care needs, we can exercise some control over how events are managed as they unfold.
“Like it or not, the aging process can place us at increased risk of sudden changes to our health and well-being. A chronic illness, a serious fall, or other unexpected health events can change our lives quickly. However, by planning ahead, you can significantly reduce the degree of confusion, stress and disruption to your life and to your family.”
To quote the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared!”
Why Planning for Your Future Care Is Important
According to noted senior living columnist and consultant Carol Bradley Bursack, the health care needs of retirement-age Americans can change quickly. In her article, “Elder Care Needs Can Change in an Instant,” she states that having a specific plan already in place can help you cope with the variety of unforeseen events that can occur. Having a well-conceived plan can also afford you valuable peace of mind.
Based on her experience and insights into the importance of care planning, Bursack offers some useful advice to help you prepare for any unforeseen health challenges ahead:
- Create a Plan for Your Future Care Needs – Establish your preferences in case a life-changing event should occur. Consider your preferences for care under different health-related scenarios. By doing so, you can make the best decisions for your health, safety and well-being based on the circumstances at the time.
- Establish Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions – Work with your spouse, adult children or another person you trust completely to establish a power of attorney for your health care. Your exact wishes and preferences for your care are called “advanced directives.” Be sure that your doctor and preferred hospital have a copy of this document. With it, you can specify the steps you would like taken to continue your care if you are unable to speak for yourself.
- Consider a Personal Emergency System – If you live alone, or even with another person, it is wise to consider a personal alarm or some type of monitoring system to request help immediately if it is ever needed.
- Organize a List of Essential Information – Prepare a list of vital information in case of an emergency. The list should include emergency phone numbers, medications/instructions, allergies and known illnesses. Keep this in a visible location, such as on the refrigerator, so that emergency personnel can locate it easily.
- Keep Medicare and Other Insurance Information Handy – Provide copies of Medicare and other insurance cards to a family member, but keep the originals with you. This way, should an emergency occur, they can take care of the paperwork while medical personnel are caring for you.
Following these suggestions can help to organize a plan for the future while also assuring that you will receive care that is consistent with your personal wishes in the event of a significant change to your health.
Safeguarding Your Health and Well-Being — Today and Tomorrow
Adds, Nancy Barhite, Director of Independent Living Health Services, “One of the major benefits of – continuing care communities such as Williamsburg Landing is that you can continue to live in your preferred location even as your health needs change over time. In addition to offering luxurious, carefree independent living in our lovely community, we also provide personalized supportive services and health care should the need arise.
“When you become part of our vibrant community, you can also trust in the quality of our comprehensive health services. As a full-service accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Williamsburg Landing offers not only the active lifestyle you desire today, but also the multi-level care you might need in the future.” This includes:
- Primary care clinic staffed by a physician and nurse practitioner
- Short-term rehabilitation
- Home Health Care
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
- Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care
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Welcome to Williamsburg Landing
Looking for a vibrant, engaging and fulfilling way of life? If so, you’ll find it at Williamsburg Landing.
Nestled on 137 wooded acres along the serene banks of College Creek in Williamsburg, Va., Williamsburg Landing is the premier, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) serving Williamsburg and its surrounding areas since 1985. With one visit, you’ll understand what makes Williamsburg Landing so special.
Williamsburg Landing is an ideal blend of beautiful landscaping and elegant, Colonial architecture. It invites residents to become part of its vibrant, active lifestyle and rest-assured in its award-winning medical care. It eases worries with maintenance-free homes and apartments with resort-style amenities and services. The community thrives with energetic, involved and friendly people who love to live here and the warmth of dedicated, committed professionals who love to work here.
With a past rich in tradition and a future filled with promise, Williamsburg Landing is the perfect place to call home – for today and tomorrow.