Continuing Care Retirement Communities Minimize Transitions

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 06 July 2012

Continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs, are an attractive option for those who want flexibility and security through their retirement years and beyond. These senior living complexes provide a full range of services and settings to accommodate the changes that come with age – all in one location.

Generally, CCRCs offer two, three or four levels of care: independent living, assisted living, specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and skilled nursing services. They are designed so residents can access services when needed and still enjoy the amenities and features characteristic of a community setting.

Consider this example: You move into independent living and find out a few weeks later that you are in the early stages of dementia. It may be months, even years, before you need assistance with daily tasks. Until that time, you can stay in your independent living apartment, then transition to assisted living or specialized Alzheimer’s care when needed. If the dementia advances to the point where you need daily medical care, you can transition to the skilled nursing level.

While the cost of a CCRC may be higher than other types of senior living, the convenience of transitioning between care levels (either temporarily or permanently) rather than leaving the campus to receive care elsewhere, is worth it for some families.

Learn more about — and search for — CCRCs here.



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