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Top 10 Questions to Ask About CCRCs

Jan 3, 2023

When researching senior living communities, you’ve probably come across the term “CCRC.” This means “Continuing Care Retirement Community.”

As a special type of retirement community, CCRCs, also known as Life Plan Communities, provide a continuum of care for individuals throughout their lifetime, from maintenance-free Residential Living to on-site Personal Care, Memory Care, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care, each with its own amenities. Learn more about our continuum of care here.

There is no difference between Life Plan Communities and CCRCs. Professionals in the industry are moving toward referring to CCRCs as “Life Plan Communities” because they better describe the services and care they provide: a plan for the rest of your life.

Read on to learn the answers to the 10 most common questions about CCRCs.

Top 10 Questions About a CCRC Like Peter Becker Community

Whether you’re just beginning to learn about senior living or already know a little about them, use the following ten questions to learn more about whether this type of community meets your needs.

  • What services are provided?
    These are things like transportation, housekeeping and maintenance. You want to live it up, so it’s important to know how much a community can do for you.
  • What amenities are offered?
    There are perks like a swimming pool, craft studio and community garden. At Peter Becker Community, we even have an on-site woodworking shop and chapel.
  • What are the residences like?
    This is about whether you want an apartment or a cottage floor plan, where your residence is located within the campus and how much space you’ll have to do all the things you love. 
  • What sort of wellness programming is there?
    Related to health and fitness, wellness programming focuses on total-body, or holistic, wellness. At Peter Becker Community, we offer spiritual wellness in the form of Bible studies, physical wellness with Tai Chi and yoga classes, and even an on-site wellness suite for medical services.
  • What are the dining options?
    Depending on level of care, you’ll receive one to three meals each day in a variety of venues from an extensive menu.
  • What supportive services are provided?
    As mentioned above, we provide a full continuum of care that includes Personal Care, Memory Care, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care. All these services are all located on the same campus, so no matter what level of care you need, you’re still part of the same community, near your friends and neighbors.
  • How can residents share their opinions?
    Communities should be open to resident feedback, so look for feedback boxes, surveys and any other ways residents get involved.
  • How can families get involved in the community?
    It’s important to make sure that your family appreciates the community, so learn about how your loved ones can become part of. 
  • What kind of continuing care contracts are available?
    This will give you an idea about the sort of care coverage and monthly fees you can expect. Each community offers its own contracts. In the case of Peter Becker Community, we offer three choices of entrance fee plans for Residential Living. Learn more here.

We hope these questions (and answers) have given you a little insight into CCRCs and what you can expect while researching your senior living options. 

Ours, Peter Becker Community, is a CCRC offering Residential Living and a continuum with Personal Care, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation, Memory Care and Hospice Care.