Why Is Comparing CCRCs So Difficult?

You’ve examined the various senior living options, from remaining in your current home to moving to a age-restricted retirement community, and you’ve decided that the continuum of care and amenities offered by a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community) is the right decision for you. Now, it’s time to choose the CCRC [...]

By | 2019-05-20T18:11:33+00:00 May 20th, 2019|

Comparing Rental Retirement Communities and Life Plan Communities

Life care contracts, ADLs, age-restricted, independent living, CCRC… You may have noticed that there is a LOT of lingo to be learned when you begin considering various senior living options. It is understandable if you even feel a little overwhelmed by it all. Partly because of all the terminology and partly because the different options [...]

By | 2019-05-13T16:45:53+00:00 May 13th, 2019|

Which is Better: An Independent Caregiver or Home Care Agency?

Long-term care is generally defined as a range of supportive services needed to meet an individual’s personal care needs over an extended period of time. Often, long-term care is not medical care; instead, it is help with everyday personal tasks, sometimes referred to as activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), although [...]

By | 2019-05-07T05:49:53+00:00 May 6th, 2019|

In a Good Place: Enjoying Retirement in a CCRC

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with two residents of Henry Ford Village (HFV) in Dearborn, Michigan. Let’s call them Dan and Mary. They were not a couple but had become friends over their time living in this continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community). I asked Dan and Mary the two [...]

By | 2019-04-29T15:09:52+00:00 April 29th, 2019|

How the Scents of Childhood Can Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients

On May 21, I'm scheduled to speak at River’s Edge, New York City's first and only life plan community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC). River’s Edge is an innovative community being developed by a not-for-profit organization called RiverSpring Health, which also operates several other senior living and senior healthcare properties [...]

By | 2019-05-09T07:28:41+00:00 April 22nd, 2019|

Is It Really Better to Get Post-Acute Care at Home?

For anyone who has spent time in a hospital for an illness, injury, or other health issue, you know that being discharged is typically a welcome event—your condition has improved enough to no longer require acute care. However, in this day and age of managed healthcare, the decision to discharge a patient also takes into [...]

By | 2019-04-15T16:06:52+00:00 April 15th, 2019|

Making Meaningful Use of Seniors’ Time & Talents

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. — Mahatma Gandhi It’s a refreshing bright spot in an oftentimes-bleak news landscape to learn about the ways that people are making a positive difference in the world around them. A story caught my eye this week about a group [...]

By | 2019-04-04T18:05:28+00:00 April 8th, 2019|

Resources to Reduce the Stress of Moving to a CCRC

People tell me all the time that one of the big hurdles holding them back from making a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, or life plan community)—or really any retirement community—is not wanting to deal with all of their “stuff.” The thought of having to sort through a lifetime’s worth of furniture, [...]

By | 2019-04-01T10:03:53+00:00 April 1st, 2019|

How Financial Confidence Impacts Your CCRC Decision Process

Choosing to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC or “life plan community”) is no doubt a big decision, involving aspects related to housing, lifestyle, healthcare, and certainly finances. For most potential residents of a CCRC, it’s nearly impossible to make a final decision without having a certain level of financial confidence about the [...]

By | 2019-03-25T09:45:46+00:00 March 25th, 2019|

Saying Goodbye: How a CCRC Helps Residents Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

The death of a spouse or partner is one of the most difficult losses a person can suffer. The person you have shared your life with, raised a family with, weathered ups and downs with leaves a tremendous void when they are no longer with you. Dealing with the grief that comes with the loss [...]

By | 2019-03-19T08:24:00+00:00 March 18th, 2019|