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Guide to Senior Living Options

What to Look For When Selecting a Community

When make your home at a CCRC, you will move into an exciting new life, with more friends, more fun and less worry. But with so many choices in location, lifestyle, services and more, how will you know which CCRC to choose? When deciding, here are a few important points to keep in mind.

Type of living accommodation - CCRCs most commonly offer apartment-style living, with sizes ranging from studios to large two-bedrooms, all in a variety of floor plans. It is important to consider the unique features of the accomodations. Is there private storage? Are the apartment homes monitored by a security system? Are there walk-in showers? How about washer and dryer? Keep a check list of the unique features of each community. 

Services and amenities offered - When choosing your future home, you want to be sure it is a good match for how you like to live and what you like to do. Most CCRCs offer a full range of social, educational and cultural activities. These can include things like art classes, lectures and learning, musical performances and more. A range of fitness activities are generally available as well, and may include amenities such as an indoor pool and fitness complex.

In most CCRCs, dining is a social highlight of the day. You may want to check if the hours are convenient, what types of foods are offered and whether special dietary needs such as low-sodium or kosher meals can be accommodated.

Lifestyle - When visiting a CCRC, it is important to consider compatibility with the residents and staff members you meet. Is there enough common interest and background to develop relationships and feel at home in this community? Is the community a good fit for your personality and lifestyle?

Some CCRCs are large complexes with several thousand residents, while others are small and intimate with just a few dozen. Is the size of the community the right fit for you? Do staff members demonstrate professionalism and convey a sense of warmth in their interactions with residents and each other? If residents are happily interacting with one another and the staff, this is a very good sign.

Reputation & Financial Stability - A move to a full-service retirement community is an investment in your future. That’s why it is important to be sure the community you choose is on strong financial footing. For example, is the community established, with a long history of success? Is it backed by a large organization with stability and strength? For the highest in quality and care, it is also smart to seek out communities with accreditation from CARF, an independent, national organization. The CARF review process emphasizes financial health and other markers of quality and stability. Only 15 percent of senior living communities nationwide have achieved CARF accreditation.

This article is from Retire Your Way, A Guide to Senior Living. Springpoint Senior Living created Retire Your Way to serve as a resource as you begin researching one of the most important and exciting decisions you will make. It can help you understand the many retirement options that exist today and will introduce you to the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) concept, a model that has become the standard-bearer for the best of retirement living today. For more information on receiving your complimentary copy, click here.

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