Vi retirement living expert offers care center insights for CCRC

When older adults from South Florida consider their senior living options, the onsite care center at a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is as important as other lifestyle areas found there – the private independent residents, stylish dining rooms and the state of the art physical fitness venues. So says JoAnne Carlin, VP of Resident Care at Vi, a developer of older adult living communities, including Vi at Aventura.

“For those considering a CCRC as their retirement option, its important as part of the overall equation to evaluate the strengths of the care center. Because a resident of a CCRC like Vi helps one to enjoy today but also plan for future care needs that may arise as one ages” says Carlin.

Among the important care center factors to consider are:

• Number of staff and skill level – what is the staffing ratio for RNs, LPNs, and CNAs? In addition to skilled nursing, Vi assisted living and memory support venues are staffed 24/7 by licensed nurses and dedicated caregivers.

• Staff training- what training is staff provided? Vi’s commitment to employee training and development has been recognized with several national awards.

• Technology- how is technology used by the care center? At Vi their care center technology includes Wi-Fi for residents and electronic health records in skilled nursing and electronic medication administration records in skilled nursing, assisted living and memory support for better communication.

• Lifestyle integration- how well is what’s going on in independent living integrated into assisted living and care venues? While Vi may have to make modifications based on an individual’s functional and cognitive ability, every attempt to uphold the amenities one will find in the independent living setting is found when residing in assisted living or receiving skilled nursing care.

To arrange for a tour at Vi Aventura, call Marjie Aloni at 305-692-4829.

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