They’ve been around for over a century, starting first in Europe, mostly connected to religious organizations. The U.S. had about 7 CCRCs by the 1900s and they have continued to expand since then as both non-profit and for-profit operations. These days, the country has thousands of these facilities as their popularity continues to grow.
So what, exactly, is a CCRC? It’s a Continuing Care Retirement Community.
Here’s an academic definition I got from a recent insurance course I took:
CCRC’s (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) provide housing for senior citizens, an entire continuum of long-term care services, from part-time services performed by nonskilled staff to skilled nursing facility services.
Individuals start out in independent housing and naturally transition through assisted living to skilled nursing care, all while staying in the same community.
Yawn. This definition is so bland!
The “Retirement Home” for Today
For starters, I think the word “Retirement” in the title CCRC is now obsolete. Many people, including myself, will continue to work while living in one.
CCRCs are a place where people can enjoy a carefree, safe, luxurious, fun, stimulating, enriching – no matter what your interests are – lifestyle. Ours offers a strong sense of community. The CCRC is legally obligated to provide care for you through the end of life. And until that time, you’re living your best life possible! You also aging with grace, honesty and dignity.
The core offering of a CCRC is the ability for its residents to “age in place”. They provide an environment that promotes healthy, independent living which typically contributes to a happier and richer quality of life.
As medical needs increase, the appropriate level of care is available without creating radical, unsettling changes. Residents continue to be part of the community, maintaining friendships in familiar surroundings. This “all in one” solution provides great peace of mind to the seniors and also to their family members.
Jim and I are moving to a place called Shell Point Retirement Community (Fort Myers, FL) in February, 2018. That’s really soon! We contemplated this move for a while. Eventually, our attitudes towards CCRC’s shifted. We realized moving now, while we are still healthy, active and vital, was not only wise, but feasible.
Moving to Shell Point does not mean I’m retiring! I will continue to work, because I love my job. I can offer 30 years of wisdom and insight into long-term care protection, plus strong, client-centered ethics. My phone and email will will not change; I’ll continue to support you. When I’m not working, Jim and I will experience a truly fun lifestyle!