Why Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) Are an Ideal Retirement Solution

Retirees looking to make the most of this exciting new chapter in life often wonder what type of housing solution will best meet their needs. They may be looking for freedom, flexibility, security, and opportunities to socialize. It’s a common image that many seniors have in mind for retirement.

Most also want the peace of mind that comes from knowing additional care and support services are available if the need arises. Short-term rehab in case of an injury or illness or assisted living which can keep older adults independent for longer.

One solution to consider is a continuing care retirement community, also known as a CCRC. These communities are home to a full continuum of care on one campus. From independent living to assisted living, from short-term rehab, to skilled nursing care, dementia care, and hospice, there is a type of care to meet every need.

The Benefits of a Continuing Care Retirement Community

While a CCRC typically includes assisted living support and skilled nursing care, residents are usually more concerned about social opportunities and life-enrichment programs when they first move in. Because most residents are active and independent, they are looking for opportunities to remain engaged.

Because of the hospitality-style services commonly found in a continuing care retirement community, retirees have no trouble aging successfully:

  • Life enrichment: CCRCs offer a wide range of life enrichment programs designed to meet the varied interests of residents. Activities often range from fitness classes, shopping excursions, golf and game nights to computer classes, art classes, and book discussions.
  • Wellness: Nurturing the body, mind, and spirit are key to living a longer, healthier life. At a CCRC, you will find opportunities to do just that. At The Amsterdam, for example, we have a fitness room and pool and offer Aquacise, Zumba Gold, Chair yoga, and Tai Chi classes.
  • Maintenance-free living: A lifestyle free from housekeeping, laundry, maintenance tasks, and yard care gives residents more leisure time. Residents can travel, pursue favorite hobbies, take a class, or volunteer for a charitable organization.
  • Socialization: There are many opportunities to build new relationships at a CCRC. Joining a walking group or meeting friends for coffee enables residents to expand their social networks. The joy of discovering mutual interests while sharing life’s ups and downs increases emotional well-being.
  • Convenience: Concierge-style services make CCRCs a convenient place to live. Staff can help arrange transportation, sign for package deliveries, and sometimes even make dinner or theater reservations.
  • Dining: Nutrition plays an important role in aging well. But cooking for one or two often seems like more work than it’s worth. Another benefit of a CCRC is a variety of healthy dining options. Whether it is fine-dining with friends or a quick bite in an on-campus bistro, residents have a variety of alternatives from which to choose.

The bottom line is seniors who choose a CCRC can enjoy their best life now while feeling confident they’ve made the best choice for the future.

Want to know more?

If you think a CCRC like The Amsterdam sounds like a good fit for your retirement, contact us today at 516.472.6636 and make an appointment for a tour so you can see firsthand all that The Amsterdam has to offer.

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