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Aging in Place Design at CCRCs

April 19, 2019

The concept of "Aging in Place" is something CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities also known as LifePlan communities) have embraced in their design.  Many CCRCs have units with no stairs so that single floor living takes place both in the house and in common buildings throughou

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Satellite Campuses of a CCRC

April 22, 2019

Many CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) campuses are large; 100+ acres is not uncommon.  The need to expand as a CCRC becomes more popular sometimes means that the expansion campus cannot be contiguous to the main campus.  Here satellite campuses appear where there is some physical distance between the

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Colorful Naming at a CCRC

April 23, 2019

You may find some parts of the campus of a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) have a different name from the top level community.  For example, if you live at Green Acres CCRC, you may find the assisted living building is known as "The Elms at Green Acres" or something similar.  This coloring of names

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Medicare and Medicaid and CCRCs

April 24, 2019

Many people are curious how Medicare and Medicaid can impact their ability to live in a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) and the answer is "not very much".  Medicaid is for the poor and generally CCRCs are the purview of those with significant assets to meet the large entrance fee and monthly fee com

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CCRC Medical History and Financial Qualifications

April 25, 2019

When you apply to a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) you should expect to fill out both a medical history form and a financial qualification form.  The medical history form will be used to make sure you (and your spouse if applicable) are in generally good health.  CCRCs prefer to admit people in "in

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Paying the CCRC Early

April 26, 2019

Some CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities also known as LifePlan communities) allow you to pay for at-home care or future care even though you do not live on the CCRC campus.  Such arrangements allow you to use the common facilities (cafeteria, gym, common rooms, etc) when you visit campus and so you can join the community from afar.  S

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Overlapping Senior Services

April 29, 2019

When you live at a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) keep your eyes open for overlapping senior services that exist outside the CCRC.  The town the CCRC is in may have a senior center, library, and a senior bus.  CCRCs will have most of these facilities as well.  Some benefits like "Meals on Wheels" m

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Riding the Campus Bus

April 30, 2019

Almost all CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities also known as LifePlan communities) and senior living campuses have a campus bus.  The bus will take you around to the far reaches of the campus and to satellite campuses if any.  Regular scheduled trips to the local grocery store, medical buildings, town library, and other local "hot spot

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Independent Living Home Styles at CCRCs

May 1, 2019

You will find a range of home types at CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) campuses for independent living.  Condominium or apartment style is popular as you and your neighbors are next door to one another inside a large master building.  (There is one CCRC in New Hampshire that has all condos and all c

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3 Key Facts About Paying for a CCRC

May 1, 2019

There are currently more than 47 million seniors over the age of 65 living in the United States.

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