Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

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For seniors, a Continuing Care Retirement Community(CCRC) may be the ideal senior living option to “age in place.” CCRCs are a combination independent living, assisted living, and nursing home.

What Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?

Today’s seniors have access to more types of care than ever – and that’s a good thing. CCRCs are one of the most ideal types for those who want as close to a home setting as they can get. This is a form of independent living, but it also incorporates part skilled nursing care and assisted living services.  They live independently as long as they want to or can. This creates a high level of independence and quality of life. Over time, when they begin to need help, it is there for them. They may move to an assisted living or skilled nursing area as their needs change.

CCRCs give seniors the ability to live within the same community through their life. Adults remain comfortable and familiar with the people, surroundings, and the services. They maintain the same quality of life, activities, and interactions with their neighbors. Again, this improves quality of life and directly helps seniors to feel more comfortable and at ease. It also helps family members to know their loved one isn’t moving from one location to the next and is maintaining the same level of care.

Services offered include health services, meals, personal care, housekeeping, transportation, and emergency help. In addition, the communities are chock full of social and educational activities.

Because CCRCs are an “all-in-one”, there is a greater level of comfort for residents. And children of the parents enjoy a greater peace of mind knowing that all their parents’ needs from housekeeping to medical care are taken care of.

How Are CCRCs Different Than Other Retirement Options?

The most important difference here is that CCRCs recognize that many seniors want to live as independently as they have the rest of their life. For example, a senior may find himself living alone after a spouse dies. He or she still can perform the necessary tasks of living on his own but is alone most of the time. To remedy this, the individual can move into the independent living component of a CCRC. There, he or she can maintain the same hobbies and interests enjoyed previously but nearby to those who can help when there is a need. They get to know the area, the people, and their neighbors.

What Services Are Offered in CCRCs?

When living in a CCRC, individuals choose the amount and type of services they desire based on their needs. These communities can provide just about any of the care a senior needs over his or her lifetime. This includes health services including medical needs (in the skilled nursing component). It also includes all personal care such as toileting, bathing, and personal hygiene. Some individuals will obtain housekeeping services.

Most often, CCRCs also ensure there is emergency medical help readily available to the individual who needs it. This can provide instant peace of mind for anyone living in the property.

Residents also benefit from added services such as transportation to their appointments, to go shopping, or to other locations. They also can enjoy various programs such as social activities, educational activities, and outings. These differ from one location to the next. However, because these are full communities with numerous amenities to offer residents at all levels, they tend to offer more of the versatile needs that residents want.

Residents benefit here because they choose what they need and want. They can count on having all of the care they need, though, if there is a time in their life where it becomes necessary.

Evaluating CCRCs

Request a weekend or even weeklong stay at a CCRC. This will give you or your loved one a complete picture of the community. Consider the following whether you visit for the day or the week:

  • Does the facility feel like home? Is there a community feel?
  • Talk with the residents. How do they like living there? How are the services? How is the care? How attentive and professional is the staff? Is there anything missing? Is the community a good value? Do the residents seem like people you’d want to get to know better? Do the residents interact with one another?
  • Talk to the staff. Do they seem to genuinely care? Do they seem concerned?
  • Schedule your visit today!!!


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