Benefits of Continuing Care Retirement Communities

When considering senior living options for yourself or a family member, the amount of information to process may seem overwhelming. It’s important to understand the types of communities available to you, along with the services offered. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) typically include independent living, assisted living, and memory care and some may offer skilled nursing and rehabilitation. These communities are worth considering, as they offer a variety of services within one community, maintenance-free living, social activities and increased levels of care as needs change.

So, why CCRCs?

Care. One of the most important aspects of any senior living community is health care. CCRCs offer a range of services and amenities for personalized care at every stage of life. Highly skilled staff are trained to provide the highest level of care to keep residents comfortable, happy and engaged.

Convenience. Making a move to senior living is a big enough task in itself. Residents don’t want to worry about making another big life change once they’ve settled into their new home. By choosing a CCRC, residents can feel confident that as their health changes, their needs can be met.

Retirement. Retired life is supposed to be as active or relaxed as you please. A CCRC offers a low-maintenance lifestyle where lawn care, snow removal and security are no longer a concern. A calendar full of activities and a campus with state of the art amenities allow residents to focus on their own happiness, keep their minds sharp and encourage socialization.

Caregivers. Having an option to live in one location for the duration of their lives and plan for future care upon entrance provides a great level of comfort to current caregivers. Knowing they can rely on caring and highly qualified staff members to take care of their loved ones allows the caregiver to enjoy life to the fullest without added stress. Having committed and dedicated teams to serve individual needs for residents is a huge selling point.

Before choosing a senior living community, it is important to learn as much as possible, plan a visit and ask questions. While CCRCs share some common features, it’s important to find a place where you feel most at home.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Elizabeth S. Dupree, Director of Sales and Marketing, Edgehill Community. She may be reached at (203) 595-2307 or by email at