A continuing care community is a unique type of senior housing that provides a range of care options for residents throughout their entire retirement years. Generally, residents enter a continuing care community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC) while they are still able to live independently without assistance.
As residents age and begin to need assisted living care or even live-in care, there is no need to move to a new facility. They will be able to receive all the care they need, from assisted living to memory care to skilled nursing, within one convenient location.
When Is it Time to Move to a Continuing Care Community?
Most people consider moving to a continuing care community after they reach the age of 55. Some adults come to this decision when they are reaching retirement, their children have moved out and they find taking care of a large home and yard to be too much work.
Other adults make the decision to move to a senior living community when they are no longer able to live alone without help. They choose to move so they can receive the necessary medical and personal care, as well as benefit from the companionship and socialization of living in a large residential development.
What Services Are Provided at a Continuing Care Community?
Since a continuing care community handles care covering a wide range of needs, they offer many different services. They may provide healthcare services such as:
- Wellness check-ups
- Nutrition counseling
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
Unless the resident needs to be hospitalized, all of their care can be received on location at the community.
Many continuing care communities also offer a wide range of personal care needs for residents who need assisted living care. These services often include:
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Meal preparation
Assisted living services allow residents to live safely by themselves with the security of extra assistance and supervision.
What Amenities Are Offered at a Continuing Care Community?
Many CCRCs are large housing developments that often resemble luxury resort hotels with the amenities to match, including:
- Landscaped grounds and/or walking trails
- Formal dining rooms with daily meal service
- Fitness classes such as yoga, dance and aerobics
- Organized day trips to nearby locations
- Holiday celebrations and other parties throughout the year
- Planned social activities during the week
How Much Does it Cost to Live at a Continuing Care Community?
The cost of living in a continuing care community varies greatly between communities and geographic locations. Cost is also heavily dependent on whether a resident opts to buy or rent their residence.
Many CCRCs also charge monthly fees for services. Some communities will set a fee that must be paid no matter what type of services are needed and other communities charge a variable monthly fee based on the resident's individual needs.
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A continuing care community is a unique place designed to take care of each resident no matter how their needs may change over time. This is a great benefit for couples who are at different stages of life, as it allows them to live together while still receiving the support and care they need. Browse our comprehensive directory to Find Continuing Care near you…
Written by senior housing staff writer.