Senior Guide at NewBridge on the Charles

Understanding Your Options

"The number of CCRCs is increasing rapidly each year, resulting in a range of locations, types of agreement, services, and amenities, accommodations and prices," according to the AAHSA.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (there are about 2,000 in the U.S.) offer a holistic environment and a broad range of services and amenities for residents as their needs change over time.  Such a community is beneficial, for example, for couples with one spouse who is independent while the other needs assistance with daily living due to physical or cognitive limitations such as stroke recovery or Alzheimer's. This allows the couple to continue enjoying their lives together while their individual needs are met.

Residents typically move into a CCRC while they are healthy and independent, choosing to live in a villa, cottage, or apartment, depending on the housing options offered. Independent units are usually available in different sizes and are designed with safety and security features in mind. As time passes, , residents can move from independent living into assisted living or a skilled nursing facility should their needs change. The CCRC model allows seniors to receive flexible accommodations that are designed to meet their health and housing needs over time.

Services and Amenities
"The program of services and amenities that a CCRC offers contributes to determining the community's lifestyle and can express its prevailing philosophy of living and aging," according to the AAHSA.

Typical CCRC services include:

  • Meals
  • Grounds and home maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Social, religious, recreational, and cultural activity programs
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Exercise programs
  • Community centers and spacious living areas for social gatherings

Health care services may include the following:

  • Resident health clinic
  • Physician practice
  • Wellness programs
  • Health education
  • Nursing advice

Many CCRCs offer an abundant listing of services and amenities, such as a tennis court, garden, swimming pool, and auditorium. A broad range of health care and medical services also differs among communities, which is why it's important to investigate and compare what each has to offer.

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