What is a CCRC?
By Nicole Hawks
By Nicole Hawks
CCRC stands for Continuing Care Retirement Community. A CCRC delivers a wealth of options for senior housing and services. These options include guidance and attention through the spectrum of long-term care — from independent living to skilled nursing care.
It is comforting to many people to know they can start out completely independent, with the option to smoothly transition to a higher level of care if needed.
When searching for a CCRC, consider the types of community activities offered. For example, one CCRC may have a book reading club, while another may offer a building dedicated to model railroading. It is also important to ask if an employee at the CCRC is dedicated to coordinating programs and activities.
When looking to choose the right CCRC, consider the meal offerings. Some CCRC facilities offer three meals per day, with the option to choose an alternative meal to what is being served. Other facilities include very structured meal plans for assisted living residents and make the plans optional for independent living residents.
CCRC facilities may also be for-profit or not-for-profit. In many cases, facilities that are not-for-profit are faith-based — an important consideration for some.
A great way to discover if a CCRC is right for you is to tour the entire facility. Meet with the director, administrator and program coordinator. Have a meal at the facility. Ask for brochures and information about the CCRC.
If you have questions about a CCRC, please do not hesitate to give us a call. With offices throughout Ohio, our staff has personally visited many facilities and our clients reside in many. We are always happy to make recommendations.