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How to Find Continuing Care Communities

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - November 1, 2013

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If you’re contemplating a senior housing option, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are a great choice for most seniors. This is because they are open to all types of seniors and care needs, including physical or occupational therapy, skilled nursing, assisted living, and even independent living. However just knowing you want to live in a CCRC isn’t enough; you will need to take your time locating a good community, going through an application process, and taking a tour before making your final decision.


The best place the start when trying to find a good continuing care community, is asking for references. This can be from someone who has moved to a CCRC or knows someone whose family member has, an acquaintance who is a nurse at a local CCRC, or even your own family doctor. Many people can provide great references for continuing care communities, showing their professionalism and reputation.


When you start looking on your own after finding references, start by looking at your location or the location where you want to live. This helps narrow down your search results significantly and makes it easier to choose one over another. This may be a community near where you live now, one that is close by your children, family doctor, or simply in a neighborhood you would enjoy living.


Each continuing care community will have its own set of perks, which may or may not entice you. These may be a location, such as being near a popular park or shopping mall, activities they offer, having a beauty salon or spa on-site, or being large enough to allow for plenty of condo-style homes as opposed to studio apartments other facilities might have. Find out about the perks and decide which you would prefer to narrow down your search even more.


One of the biggest factors in choosing a continuing care community is going to be the cost; not only how much the room or apartment costs but if utilities are covered and if extra services or on-site classes cost extra. You should also ask what types of insurance or financial options they have. Some CCRCs will accept social security, SSI or long-term care insurance while others don’t. In the end, you will go with the CCRC you feel most comfortable with after considering all factors like location, cost, activities, perks, accommodations, staff, and services offered.