What exactly is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)? A CCRC provides a continuum of care for seniors from independent living in a cottage or apartment, to assisted living to memory care or skilled nursing care. Also, as a resident’s physical or mental needs change they can transition to another level of care without having to relocate to another facility.
When should I move to a CCRC? Is it harder to keep your home and yard looking nice? Are you lonely and miss being with friends? Do you need more help doing the things that used to be easy? If so now is the time! Most seniors living in a CCRC will advise you not to wait. Start your search early and know your options. Most CCRCs require a physical or mental exam prior to admission. Some have strict requirements and only admit to Independent Living, others may allow admission into other levels of care.