How CCRCs are Unique from Other Retirement Living Choices

For many, living at home may be desirable, but it’s not practical for the long term. In these cases, there are a number of different types of communities from which to choose. Learn the differences between each and how to identify them below.

Continuum of Care

One of the most important factors to consider when exploring retirement communities is which phase(s) along the continuum of care the community is equipped to serve. The term “continuum of care” refers to the increased level of health care services that may be required as a person ages, beginning with independent living and progressing to personal care or assisted living and then around-the-clock skilled nursing care. Almost all retirement communities for people age 55+, including active adult living, independent living, and senior apartments, serve those who are either able to live independently or who require only limited supportive living services. If a more advanced level of care is required, the resident would need to move to an off-site health care facility.


A Continuing Care Retirement Community—often referred to as a CCRC or Life Plan Community- is the only type of retirement community that offers a full continuum of care, from independent living to advanced skilled nursing services. CCRCs cater to active retirees who are able to live independently today but who seek the peace of mind that comes with knowing their future health care needs will be met by the community, thus reducing potential stress and hardship for the resident and other family members. Yet, all CCRCs are not alike. Many communities require a significant financial commitment in exchange for access to health care services. Choosing the right community is an important decision. If you are considering a CCRC, ask about the type of residency contract(s) available, financial stability of the community, quality of care, and experience of the management team.

Closer to Home

As a CCRC, Friends Homes offers residents a full continuum of care. This means that when residents make their move to our community, they can receive the same benefits and amenities you find at most active adult communities but with the added assurance of a team of healthcare professionals right on campus to provide the level of care they need whenever they need it. That means if something were to ever happen, our residents never need to worry about moving—they can enjoy services right in our home community. We welcome you to learn more or to schedule a tour for yourself by contacting us. To get started, click here. ### The above article is provided by myLifeSite and is legally licensed for use.

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