Bob and I were among the early residents at our continuing care retirement community. The facility opened in July 2008 and we moved into our cottage that October. The Care Center Building, which was close to our cottage, was completed but not ready to be occupied. The opening was scheduled for June 2009. The reason was that we early arrivals were strong and healthy and would have no immediate need for the facility.Some of Margery's friends sitting outside

As time went on, we learned how demanding it was to pass all the Medicare and state licensing requirements that are necessary for such a facility to operate.  Management was pleased that the licensure went as quickly as it did and the Care Center opened on time. Because our CCRC has a type A Life Care Program, full access to the Care Center is available to us when we need it, at no additional cost. Non-CCRC folks older than 62 can apply to live at the Care Center and be accepted as temporary or permanent residents.

Occupancy involves some clever balancing by management in order to have an income flow to help cover expenses and yet save space for the needs of the residents. Now, six years later, there are a few residents who have moved in from the outside but most current Care Center residents have arrived from Independent Living.  As I watch all this happen I continue to wonder where I will fit into this plan.

I have a love/hate relationship with our Care Center. To find out why, read The Last Stop, Part 15: The Care Center.

This post was written by Margery Fridstein, an author and retired psychotherapist who lives in a CCRC outside of Denver, CO. She is chronicling her experience in the monthly series, “The Last Stop With Margery Fridstein.”