With nearly 2,000 communities across the country, there’s one to suit every budget and lifestyle.
Though there are almost 16,000 traditional nursing homes in the U.S., an increasing number of retirees are choosing to age in place within continuing care communities. A recent New York Times article looked at why these places are attracting so many seniors (“The Everything-in-One Promise of a Continuing Care Community,” February 2016).
Often located in warmer, retiree-friendly parts of the country, continuing care communities provide apartments or cottages for seniors who in many cases would like to age at home but don’t want to become a burden to family in later life. Typically, residents trade homeownership for the security of lifelong healthcare and other services. The social benefits of living alongside like-minded seniors are also a big draw for healthy, engaged retirees.
If you or your parents want to enjoy your final years more fully, a continuing care community could be the perfect solution. Before ordering those glossy brochures, consider these key points:
Don’t just rely on anecdotal information; there are online resources to help guide your decision, such as CARF International, an organization that accredits providers.