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5 Reasons You Want a Continuing Care Retirement Community

January 10, 2019

If you’ve ever visited a senior living community, you may have noticed that some offer only independent senior apartments or assisted living options, while others offer a combination of options.

Continuum of care sign at senior living community
A senior living community that offers a full continuum of care brings many benefits.

Although many types of retirement communities offer benefits, you should look at a senior community that offers the complete continuum of care – that is, a place where one can age in place without having to pick up and move the minute they need a higher level of care.

Read on for our top five reasons a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, is a stellar choice:

  1. More bang for your buck – CCRCs offer independent living, assisted living and nursing home care all in one campus, and sometimes they even offer additional, specialized options in between, as well. You’ll likely pay a decent entrance fee (that may even be partially refundable to you or your estate), but the peace of mind that comes from having all the services you may need in the future is invaluable. Contracts vary from community to community, so ask how their fees and agreement operates.
  2. Less moving – Picture this: you’ve lived in your senior apartment for 5 years. You start having a difficult time climbing in and out of the tub, and your medication list has grown to be more than you can keep track of. Bet the first thing you want to do is search for an assisted living community, tour, join a wait list, put down a new deposit, pack up, and move, right? In a CCRC, this step is much easier, often aided by a knowledgeable social worker and/or sales consultant, and usually only requires a small move to a building across the way or down the hall. In some communities, you can stay in the same place and the assisted living services come to you.

Moving boxes, packing up, moving day, new apartment
In a Continuing Care Retirement Community, there's less moving and more time for enjoying life.

  1. Less paperwork – Many communities allow you to fill out one application and contract that applies to any part of the campus. Rather than starting at square one, you’ll likely just sign one simple new section of a contract for any changes in services. No need to make new copies of your insurance cards and Power of Attorney, either - they stay with your file even if you transition to a new unit.
  2. A person-centered environment – Many people find that the attention to individual needs is overwhelmingly impressive at CCRCs. Once you’re a resident, you’re family. Each staff member in the interdisciplinary team knows the residents and is able to keep an eye out for changes in functioning, therefore anticipating any need for changes in care. The result is residents who feel valued and cared about.


Once you're a resident at a CCRC, you're family.

Nurse at senior community assisted living interacts with senior resident
Attention to individual needs is a top priority at senior living communities that offer a full continuum of care.

  1. Less stress, more comfort – See reasons 1- 4. Take all that saved time and book yourself a spa day!

What have you experienced at a senior living community that offers a full continuum of care? Leave us a comment or drop us a line to let us know!

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