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Continuing Care Retirement Communities

CCRCs, or Continuing Care Retirement Communities, are the newest flavor of senior residential care. Most CCRCs offer several kinds of retirement living: Independent Living for the more active senior; Assisted Living for those who need a little help with daily activities; Dementia Care for those who need specialized Alzheimer's or another dementia; and Nursing Care.

Not all CCRCs offer all possible levels of care, but all offer at least several in the same building or on the same campus. There are several things that are unique to CCRCs that we talk about in this department.

Continuing Care or Life Care Communities: What's the Difference?
Continuing Care or Life Care Communities: What's the Difference? Although similar in many ways, and often confused, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Life Care Communities are different in one significant way: One guarantees care for the life of the resident, and one guarantees care only so long as a resident has the means to continue paying . . . keep reading
Assisted Living Realities
Assisted Living Realities For those of us who are starting to think about assisted living for someone we care about, separating the facts from the lively imaginations of sales and marketing reps can be a real challenge. Some updated data from a reliable source can be very helpful in evaluating what we hear when we start looking . . . keep reading
Chandeliers Don't Care
Chandeliers Don't Care One of our favorite sayings is, "Chandeliers don't care." Chandeliers may add beauty to your loved one's environment, but it's the people in the trenches who make life worth living in an assisted living residence or nursing facility. All the chandeliers in the world won't bring a smile to your loved one's face, or change soiled clothing with grace and humor . . . keep reading
Recent Developments at Continuing Care Communities Illustrate Real Risks
Recent Developments at Continuing Care Communities Illustrate Real Risks Recent financial difficulties encountered by Erickson Communities illustrate some of the pitfalls CCRC residents can encounter. Erickson, a developer of continuing care retirement communities in several states, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Residents in their many care communities now face a very uncertain future . . . keep reading
Using a Free Senior Referral Service
Using a Free Senior Referral Service Google "Free Senior Referral Service'" and the search engine will offer you in the neighborhood of 1,800,000 web pages to choose from. Does this give you the idea that assisted living and nursing homes referral services are a growing, thriving market? It should! . . . keep reading
The Economy and Long-Term Senior Care
The Economy and Long-Term Senior Care Changes in the economic landscape have affected just about everyone, seniors not excepted. Although some of the personal funds available to purchase long term care may have evaporated, the need is still there for many of our elderly. What do we see in the near future for those who need care, and for those of us who are/will be responsible for seeing that our older loved ones get the care they need and deserve? . . . keep reading
Have You Heard About State Veterans Homes?
Have You Heard About State Veterans Homes? One of the residential resources we don't hear much about is state veterans homes. State homes are established and run by the various states for the benefit of their military veterans. These homes may provide nursing home care, "domiciliary care," (governmentalese for what we typically call "assisted living"), adult day health care, and nursing home care including rehabilitation services and hospice care. . . . keep reading
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Be Cautious
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs):
Be Cautious The idea of aging in place without ever having to move again is attractive to many seniors and their families. However, when it comes to Continuing Care Retirement Communities (Lifecare Communities or CCRCs), there are a few things that bear a closer look. . . . keep reading
When Pets Can't Go to Residential Care
When Pets Can't Go to Residential Care When seniors have to move to a care facility, worry about what will happen to beloved pets is often their biggest concern. Panic about what will happen to "Rover" or "Muffet" can make a difficult situation intolerable for a senior who needs assisted living or nursing home care when the facility can't accommodate a pet. If family and friends can't take a senior's pet in, there may be other resources: . . . keep reading
Will The VA Pay For Care At Home or in Assisted Living?
Will The VA Pay For Care At Home or in Assisted Living? If your senior is a veteran the VA Aid and Attendance program may help pay the costs of medications, equipment, care at home or in assisted living if they meet medical and financial guidelines. . . . keep reading
Is Your Mother's Long-Term Residence Ready For A Disaster?
Is Your Mother's Long-Term Residence Ready For A Disaster? Emergencies and disasters can happen to care facilities, too. Evaluating the disaster plan is just as important as sampling the food and smelling the halls of an assisted living residence or a nursing home. . . . keep reading
Oh Say, Can You CCRC? An Introduction to Continuing Care Retirement Communities
7 Important questions to ask when you're choosing a continuing care retirement community. . . . keep reading