Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) provide a continuum of care and housing for those who require independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing home care. Some continuing care retirement communities also have a wing dedicated to memory care, and can, therefore, accommodate seniors with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment.
Individuals and families looking for long-term senior living and care options often find it difficult to determine the right level of care for themselves or their loved one. There are a wide range of options, from independent and assisted living communities to nursing homes, memory care facilities, and even adult foster care homes. Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) address the changing needs of aging seniors by offering multiple levels of care at the same location.
Residents typically enter these communities when they are relatively independent and move from one level of care to another over time. Therefore, these kinds of communities can be a good option for those who anticipate their needs or preferences changing over time and/or for those who are hoping to form close and lasting friendships with other residents living in the same community.
Most people’s needs change to some degree throughout the aging process, and many seniors are faced with having to move to a new community when their current level of care no longer meets their needs.