Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and Lifecare
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are designed to offer active seniors an independent lifestyle from the privacy of their own home. The community offers them access to coordinated social activities, dining services and health care when and if the course of aging raises the need. It is sometimes referred to as Lifecare because of the opportunity for a continuum of care provided by or within one community.
Residents should expect a CCRC to offer a contract stating that the community will offer a home, social activities, a list of services and amenities, and access to on-site levels of health care. Most CCRCs require a one-time entrance fee which may be called &$34;a purchase price" or "annuity". There will also be a monthly service fees. The continuing care contract should provide residents with long-term security and a life long assurance for care.
A few CCRCs offer continuing care contracts that do not require an entrance fee and offer care assurances only on a month-to-month basis.
One's physical and mental health is often subject to review before a CCRC will approve you for a contract.
There are different types of entrance fee contracts:
Some CCRCs may require residents to purchase long term care insurance as a criteria for acceptance.
Monthly fees may cover provision of the following:
Entry fees may be refundable on a sliding scale within a short time after move in. Generally the refund declines to zero after some period of residency.
HAVE ALL CONTRACTS REVIEWED BY YOUR LAWYER OR FINANCIAL CONSULTANT BEFORE SIGNING.
You may want to compare fees for services and health care at a CCRC, to fees at Congregate, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing homes, to see how the the costs match up on fee services. Keep in mind the guarantee of a life-long place to live provided by contract at a CCRC. Congregate, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities, make no such guarantees, and may ask you to leave when they are unable to provide the care they deem appropriate for your medical condition.
CCRCs are highly regulated in
some states but no federal agency oversees retirement
communities. The Continuing Care Accreditation Commisson
(CCAC), a private nonprofit organizaiton, accredits these
communities. The CCAC process is voluntary and takes 12 to 14
months. CCAC works with the community, reviewing its finances,
governance and administration; resident health and wellness,
and resident life. For more information contact the Continuing Care Accreditation
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