What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
There are many important benefits of living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). In order to fully understand these benefits, it’s important to understand what a CCRC is. Simply put, a CCRC is a particular type of retirement community that offers several levels of health care on one campus:
  • Independent Living for residents who don’t need personal assistance (in some states this is referred to as “Residential Living”).
  • Assisted Living for people who require a little help with the activities of daily living (in some states this is referred to as “Residential Living” or “Extended Living”).
  • Memory Care (this is sometimes referred to as “Special Care”).
  • Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation (both short- and long-term) in an on-campus Health Care Center.
Having several levels of care available on campus is an incredible benefit—it provides you with the security of knowing that if you need Assisted Living, Memory Care, or Skilled Nursing Care at some point in the future, you won’t have to move to another community. Couples find this aspect of CCRC living especially important. Should one spouse need the services provided in another part of campus, the other can easily visit any time of day. This means couples can regularly spend time together socializing, dining, or engaging in activities. And, they know that their loved ones are receiving the services they need to thrive and maintain as much independence as possible.