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What do the Terms LifePlan and LifeCare Mean?

September 20, 2019

You will in your search for CCRCs also see the terms LifePlan and LifeCare.  What do these words mean?  LifePlan is a new term for CCRC promoted by the non-profit group LeadingAge.  They felt that LifePlan was a better name for continuing care versus Continuing Care Retirement Community.  Thus CCRC and LifePlan are synonyms.  LifeCare, is a part

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Customizations of Your Unit Before You Move In

September 19, 2019

Before you move into your new CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) unit it is common for the community to spend a fair amount of money cleaning, painting, and customizing your unit for you.  Making decisions on the type of kitchen cabinets, tile or carpet, paint colors, etc.

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Tips for Seniors on Understanding and Signing Up for Medicare

September 19, 2019

A guest post by Karen Weeks of ElderWellness

Medicare can make a huge difference in the life of a senior, but it can also be extremely confusing to figure out all the parts involved in the various plans and policies.

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5 Features That Make Continuing Care Retirement Communities Different

September 18, 2019

Did you know that by 2060, the number of Americans aged 65 or older will go from 46 million to 98 million, more than doubling? Or that America's elderly population will surge from 15 percent to 24 percent?

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In Room Safety Devices at CCRCs

September 17, 2019

Ask your CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) if there are any in-residence safety devices that are installed campus wide.  In unit fire alarm pulls are one example.  Also common are wearable distress devices such that if you fall and need assistance you can simply press a button and your home phone will

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CCRC Price Sheets

September 16, 2019

At some point in your CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) search you will come face to face with the price sheet.  Hopefully the sheet lists entrance fees and monthly fees for each unit you are considering at the CCRC.  Unfortunately not all price sheets will be this well organized.  Some CCRC issue a "

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7 Tips for Reducing Caregiver Stress

September 16, 2019

Shared blog post written by United Zion Retirement Community originally posted here.

According to research from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP in 2015, over 34.2 million American provide unpaid care to those over the age of

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Check Your CCRC Contract for Special Rules

September 13, 2019

We know of one CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) that listed in their contract that your Primary Care Physician (PCP) must have admitting privileges at the local hospital.  This requirement was a bit unusual but if seen once it could very well be seen again.  Check your contract to see if you have a s

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CCRCs Keeping an Eye on your Safety

September 12, 2019

One inventive CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) we know has a large block of apartment units that enter into a hallway like a hotel.  They invented a one way flag that sits above the door.  Each night a watchman goes by and sets each flag to the off position.  When residents open their doors in the mo

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Safety Classes for Electric Scooters and Wheelchairs

September 11, 2019

Do you use an electric scooter or wheelchair to get around?  If so, you may need to pass the CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community also known as a LifePlan community) scooter safety class before you can use it on campus.  In the class, rules such as the local scooter speed limit and areas where you can drive and not drive will be covered. 

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