Senior Living Solutions

What is a Continuing Care Community?

What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) are designed for those who choose to pursue their lifelong dreams in an engaging social environment. These retirement communities operate as either rental or LifeCare models. A rental CCRC operates on a monthly rental fee basis, while LifeCare CCRCs require an entry fee in return for guaranteed health care.* As a result, prospective residents may choose the financial model that is most conducive to their retirement wishes.

A CCRC provides multiple lifestyle and care options to help you continue to enjoy an active lifestyle, while making available care you may need in the future. Most CCRCs also include a licensed rehabilitation and skilled nursing care center for short-term recovery after a hospital stay, or when extended convalescence is needed. This combination of services and living arrangements enables residents to age in place.

Multiple Levels of Care

All CCRCs include at least three levels of care in one location:

  • Independent living — residents live on their own and have access to a wide array of amenities.
  • Assisted Living — provides help with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing and eating.
  • Round-the-clock nursing home care
  • Some CCRCs also offer home healthcare services.

As a resident's health needs increase, they may transition from one level to the next — all within the same community. This provides a permanent link to friends and families for them by assuring they remain in a single location.

Find Out More About Brookdale CCRCs

For more information about CCRCs, contact a national senior living advisor at the number above. 

* The life care guarantee is subject to the terms & conditions of the Residency Contract.