Continuing Care Retirement Communities

According to the Retirement Living Information Center, “Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer an independent living lifestyle for individuals who do not need constant physician or nursing supervision. In some cases, assisted living and nursing home facilities may be on the same or adjacent property of the complex. This type of community is different from other housing and care options for older people because it offers a longer term contract that provides for housing, services and nursing care, usually all in one location. At the same time, CCRCs offer some distinct advantages, including physical and financial security, independence and access to health care, companionship of friends and neighbors of similar age and access to community facilities and privacy. The CCRCs emphasis on the individual, coupled with a supportive environment, allows residents to pursue their lifelong interests.

Today’s CCRCs are available in all types and sizes. All provide residential living in an apartment-style building with services and dining usually on the main level. In addition, those in a campus-like setting of several acres may offer individual homes – cottages, villas and patio homes – and have amenities that may be similar to those found in an active adult community.”