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Everything you need to know about CCRCs

Continuing Care Retirement Communities, or CCRCs for short, are one of the most popular choices for older adults seeking a carefree community home.

These communities attract so many seniors for numerous reasons, but before you determine if a CCRC is right for you, it’s helpful to understand everything you can about this type of community and what it offers.
●    Continuum of care
The “continuing care” part of CCRCs refers to the variety of senior lifestyles and care the community provides. In addition to maintenance-free retirement or independent living, these communities may offer personal care/assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation or any combination of these. Some may also offer minor support for independent living residents or allow personal care services to be received in an independent living home. Residents of any type of lifestyle typically have access to the additional services offered on campus, should the need arise.
●    Investment in the future
Often, CCRCs have entrance fees in addition to monthly service charges. However, these entrance fees can serve as an investment in one’s future, because of the access to care that may be needed and the possible refund schedule that some communities offer.

●    Advantages of “aging in place”
Making the move to a senior living community is a big transition, and many older adults want to experience that move only once. However, because of the provision of health-care services onsite, a Continuing Care Retirement Community typically can allow you to stay within the community even if your health needs change over time, avoiding the nagging worries of having to move again someday in the future. This situation can be especially beneficial for couples, who can remain at the same community even if one partner requires a greater level of care.
●    Life-enrichment opportunities
Continuing care communities are known for their life-enriching programming. Their campus-like settings make them ideal for active older adults in search of fulfilling lifestyles!

In addition to the basic services of living accommodations and dining options, CCRCs often schedule fun programs for residents such as day trips, concerts, guest lecturers, painting classes, and more. Additionally, many residents choose to lead special interest groups they’d like to see on campus, such as a book club or walking group. Many communities also have a focus on wellness, offering exercise classes or even onsite exercise facilities. CCRCs typically ensure that these life-enriching programs are available for all levels of care, so lifestyles continue to stay vibrant even if residents are receiving personal care or memory support.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to consider the benefits available at Continuing Care Retirement Communities. And, often, it’s best to begin your search early … so that you will have more time to enjoy all the benefits and lifestyle options you’ll find!

Deanna Ziemba
Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
Diakon Senior Living Services

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