What are care communities? Where do you find them? Who are they for?
Names used for these types of facilities are CCRC's standing for continuing care retirement communities or Lifecare communities.
How do they differ from assisted living communities? They have a continuum of care that meets a persons needs throughout life. In assisted communities sometimes it becomes necessary to have more care such as nursing and long-term care. This may necessitate moving from the assisted or independent community to another community at a different location or hiring an outside nurse. At a CCRC you can remain at the same community, although, in some cases, you may be moved to a different building.
If you have Alzheimer's in your family history you may wish to select a care community or other type than one that only provides assisted living since Alzheimer's disease and other dementia diseases get progressively worse until eventually the patient will need full-time nursing care.
Assisted living communities generally do not include nursing or hospice. Therefore, continuing care communities meet longer term care needs should they become necessary.
These communities are great for those who want peace of mind for the future that they will be cared for should they need it. They are also good if one is concerned for the spouse's care when one dies before the other.
There are further distinctions between CCRC's and Life Care.
The eligible age varies depending on the community but most people applying are over 55. Sometimes the community will set an age limit such as 55 or 62. If applying when older, you must be independent and in good health without degenerative diseases.
The fees: This also varies depending on the community. Some communities require an entry fee and some do not. The fee can be large or small. The important thing is if you do make an entry deposit, make sure the community is in good financial condition so that you can receive a refund if it becomes necessary or is promised.
Most have programs--some being quite outstanding--with the goal of keeping you healthier longer--so they feel the sooner you get started the better.
Many of these communities also offer respite services for home caregivers and/or adult daycare programs.
On each page of our site you will find a list of these types of communities under the heading Combination of Services since they have something for every stage of life.
Here we list a sample of continuing care retirement communities. Please check each state page on our site for listings in that state.
The Village at Orchard Ridge Winchester - 132 acre site in Shenandoah Valley - state of art continuing care community by National Lutheran Home for all faiths. New community is now accepting deposits. Priority lists. Will feature Village Green.
See more on the Virginia state page.
Cypress Village Jacksonville - By Brookdale Senior Living - Variety of housing options including single family homes and apartments - fishing lakes
Freedom Plaza at Sun City Center - Sun City FL - resort atmosphere including golf
Freedom Pointe at the Villages The Villages - Purchase your condominium - enjoy care for life - active independent living at The Villages
Freedom Square - Seminole - enjoy the Gulf Beaches - Active care community by Brookdale
Freedom Village at Bradenton Bradenton by Brookdale - care community near Gulf beaches
Lake Seminole Square - Seminole - gorgeous Mediterranean-styled building with palm trees creates an elegant lifestyle at this CCRC by Brookdale.
Galleria Woods - Birmingham - 20 wooded acres in Riverchase area - Excellent area medical facilities and the University of Alabama
Las Ventanas Las Vegas - Located in the award-winning master planned community of Summerlin. The website states it is the only continuing care community in Nevada. Located close to "The Strip," this resort community offers assisted living and skilled nursing residences. With or without refundable deposit terms. 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.
See more on the Nevada state page.
Freedom Plaza Peoria - Peoria in Southern Arizona - Luxury resort community with continuing care services by Brookdale.
Concordia Lifecare Community - Oklahoma City - Independent living with assisted services. Concordia Lifecare Community
Foxwood Springs - Raymore - near Kansas City, Missouri - Rural setting for this care community - restaurant style dining, indoor heated pool and more
Freedom Village Holland Holland is near Lake Michigan and 5 minute drive to Westshore Mall. Freedom Village Holland
See more on Midwest page.
Robin Run Village Indianapolis, Indiana - Many amenities and activities - walking trail.