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How CCRCs Can Ease Retirement-Related Fears

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By: Clare Connection

One subject that is frequently voiced among prospective residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs or “life plan communities”) revolves around the stress associated with envisioning and planning for the future, and indeed, it can feel like a daunting task since none of us has the luxury of a crystal ball. The results of a recent survey speak directly to some of these concerns.

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"…but I love my home”: Is Staying in Your House the Right Move?

Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

By: Clare Connection

Recently, I was talking with a sales counselor at a retirement community who said something she often hears from prospective residents is, "I like what your community has to offer, but I just love my home."

I truly understand this sentiment. My job necessitates a fair amount of travel, and while I enjoy getting to see new places and meet new people on these trips, nothing beats the feeling of comfort and familiarity of walking through the door when I get home. This same mindset is likely a big reason why a huge majority (80 to 90 percent) of people over the age of 65 want to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

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What is a “Continuum of Care”?

Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017

By: Clare Connection

If you have been looking at various senior living options, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also called life plan communities), you have likely heard or seen the term “continuum of care” used. It’s an important concept when it comes to the variety of services provided by retirement communities, but I find it is also a term that is unclear to many prospective residents. So, let’s dig in and answer the commonly asked question: What is a “continuum of care”?

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CCRCs: The Purpose of Entry Fees

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

By: Clare Connection

The vast majority of Continuing Care Retirement Communities require an entry fee. Naturally, people often ask, “What is the purpose of the entry fee?” Before answering this question it is helpful to understand the history of entry fees.

The CCRC concept began about a century ago when faith-based and other charitable organizations sought to provide lifetime shelter and care for the aged. In exchange for this promise, residents being cared for were usually required to assign most or all of their assets to the organization.  Although well-intentioned, this model was less than scientific and when residents lived longer than expected there often wasn’t enough money on hand to fulfill the organization’s commitment.

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CCRCs Often Viewed as a Gift to the Children

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

By: Clare Connection

“When my wife and I decided to move into a C.C.R.C., just before Christmas, we told each of our six children that our decision represented the most significant gift we had ever given them.”

The above comment was given by a resident at a continuing care retirement community for an interview in a 2009 article for the New York Times titled, “The Bright Side of C.C.R.C.s.” Comments like this are common among residents of CCRCs, sometimes referred to as life plan communities.

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7 Resolutions Seniors Can Make for the New Year

Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017

By: Clare Connection

 Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. 
– Charles F. Kettering, inventor, engineer, and businessman

 Roughly half of Americans admit to usually making some kind of New Year’s resolution. Yet despite their good intentions for self-improvement, only about 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution, according to statisticbrain.com, often because they set a goal that is simply too lofty.

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Power of Attorney Documents Can Alleviate Problems Later

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

By: Clare Connection

As you begin considering your options for senior living, it is also a good time to review (or create, if you have not already done so) two essential legal documents that pertain to senior care and end of life care: your power of attorney and your advance directives (also called a living will). In this blog post, we will explain the difference between these documents and the importance of each.

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Is It Less Expensive to Stay in Your House? 

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Many older adults say that one of the reasons they want to stay in their own home is because it is less expensive. Although this is true in many cases, it is important to know that the actual cost-savings may not be as big as you think. The reason? Because the vast majority of those who choose to stay in their home rely on assistance from unpaid family caregivers.

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Do Your Loved Ones TRULY Understand Your End-of-Life Wishes?

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Our recent blog post on the importance and value of compassionate hospice care got a lot of attention. In it, I talk about how hospice caregivers can help people have a good life, all the way to the end, making life’s final stages as meaningful as possible, free of suffering, and helping the person maintain as much dignity as possible. So, the topic of hospice and end-of-life care has been fresh in my mind, and it’s probably why the results of a recent study especially caught my eye…

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CCRC vs. Rental Retirement Community: What Are the Differences?

Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

By: Clare Connection

According to Pew Research Center, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers turned 65 today, and about that same number will reach retirement age every day for the next decade. That’s a lot of retirees! And that’s one of the reasons the retirement living industry is booming in our country with more and more senior living communities opening their doors each year.

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