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CCRC: Benefits of Community Living in Retirement

Senior Living | 11/13/18


You’ve taken the plunge and are moving into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). It’s exciting because you are entering a new chapter in your life, but also nerve-wracking because you don’t know what to expect. The good thing is you are not alone in your concerns. This is why we’re going to go through what you can expect when transitioning into a CCRC.

A Vibrant New Life Awaits at Continuing Care Retirement Communities

It’s true – a vibrant lifestyle does await you in a continuing care retirement community. Yet, sometimes, the benefits of the community can get lost in the shuffle of the move. Let’s address the most common concerns when it comes to moving to a CCRC.

  1. Maintaining an active lifestyle. One of the biggest concerns that arise when it comes to CCRCs is the fear of slowing down. Banish the thought! Studies show that healthy seniors who make a move to independent living communities are more likely to stay that way. Why? To put it simply, life is easier. You do not have to worry about home maintenance, lawn care, or shoveling walkways because that is all done for you by a staff of professionals. That way you are able to devote more time to yourself, family, and friends.
  2. Being bored. Being bored should be the last of your concerns because CCRCs provide a wide variety of events, activities, and programming. Senior living communities create many opportunities for you to be social. In fact, most communities have staff members who are dedicated to resident activities and resident services. These individuals can offer you suggestions about activities you would like to do, introduce you to other residents or help you create a new club or activity you find interesting. They will be happy to accommodate you.
  3. Coming and going. Just because you now live in a CCRC doesn’t mean you have to stay on campus. If you have family or friends that live close, by all means, visit them – you should never feel that you have to stay on campus. If transportation does become an issue, talk to the staff at your community and they can help arrange transportation services.
  4. Feeling at home. Retirement communities nowadays are closer to comfortable apartments, rather than a sterile environment. Many communities let you customize your unit, by picking out cabinets, countertops, and flooring. It’s just another way that CCRCs strive to make you feel at home in retirement.

Enjoy Life at Monroe Village

At Monroe Village, we prioritize you. That is why we have daily fitness classes from our award-winning LivWell program, a calendar of daily enriching activities, and we encourage our residents to go off campus and explore the surrounding community. To learn more about our continuing care retirement community, we invite you to contact us for more information and to come take a tour in Monroe Township, New Jersey.