What Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

If you are looking for a home where you or your loved one can enjoy an exciting and enriching retirement experience, an Erickson Living continuing care retirement community is an attractive choice. Our beautiful campuses offer a range of high quality senior living options that provide our residents with an unparalleled level of care, security, comfort, and convenience.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers multiple levels of care and living arrangements on one campus. Specialized services may include assisted living, nursing care, memory care, inpatient rehabilitation, and home health care.

One of the main advantages of a continuing care retirement community is that it allows a resident to “age in place” and receive a full continuum of care in a single location. For example, residents who live in an independent living apartment do not usually need assistance with basic tasks. But if their health changes, they can  transfer to the community’s continuing care neighborhood. Residents have peace of mind knowing that they don’t have to leave the community if they need additional care at some point in the future. Couples often find this an especially important benefit of living in a continuing care retirement community.

Levels of Care

Independent Living

Residents who choose independent living are generally healthy and can manage daily activities like cooking and taking medications either independently or with private duty help. Residents live on their own in an apartment and have access to a variety of on-campus activities, amenities, and resources.  

Long-Term Nursing Care

Nursing care, also known as convalescent or long-term care, is for those residents who need full assistance with many essential daily tasks. These residents often have complex medical conditions and require help with:

  • Grooming
  • Eating
  • Taking medications
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Personal hygiene

Nursing care in a CCRC helps residents stay engaged and active so that they can keep functioning at the highest possible level. Residences are typically private or semi-private rooms.

Long-term nursing care often includes skilled nursing care services administered by a registered nurse or other specialist. When researching nursing care services, you should look for a community that has:

  • Medical monitoring
  • Medical treatments
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • The proper licensing requirements for the state in which it is located
  • A high caregiver-to-resident ratio
  • Nurses, physicians, therapists, nutritionists, and other health care providers who work together to provide high-quality personalized care
  • A team that will treat your loved one with dignity and respect

Additional Levels of Care

While independent living and nursing care are the primary levels of care offered at a CCRC, some communities, such as those managed by Erickson Living, may also offer the following:

Assisted Living

Assisted living provides an intermediate level of care for people who need extra support with meal preparation, dressing, medication management, and other tasks. Residents maintain their independence by living in comfortable apartments while receiving assistance from experienced, compassionate caregivers. At Erickson Living communities that offer assisted living, residents are encouraged to stay social and active and are able to take full advantage of everything the larger campus has to offer, including:

  • On-site restaurants
  • On-site medical center
  • On-site fitness center and swimming pool
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Social clubs
  • Music and performing arts groups
  • Computer lab
  • Exercise classes
  • Art classes

Memory Care

Memory care provides specialized support for individuals living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory-related challenges. Typically taking place in a safe, secure, home-like setting, residents are encouraged to maintain a daily routine and participate in a variety of stimulating activities. Erickson Living memory care residents and caregivers dine together and work jointly to complete household tasks.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Some CCRCs offer short-term rehabilitation services for seniors who are recovering from injury, surgery, or hospitalization. Short-term rehabilitation, also known as skilled nursing, helps patients recover from hospitalization and regain their independence and the quality of life they are used to.  Rehabilitation services may include all or some of the following:

       Physical therapy

  • Manual therapy
  • Assistive device training
  • Neuro rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic exercise and home exercise programs

       Speech therapy

  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Voice retraining
  • LSVT/LOUD® programs for neurological conditions

      Occupational therapy

  • Activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, grooming, toileting, dressing, and home management
  • Contracture management
  • Hand therapy, gross, and fine motor coordination
  • Wheelchair management

       Specialty therapy

  • Low vision program
  • Balance and vestibular therapy
  • Pain management
  • Breast cancer rehabilitation
  • Osteoporosis/posture management 

Live a Better Life at an Erickson Living Continuing Care Retirement Community

Erickson Living continuing care communities are friendly neighborhoods where residents can live active lives and look forward to the future with peace of mind. From beautiful independent living residences to quality nursing care, Erickson Living CCRCs are warm and welcoming environments that will help you or your loved one stay engaged and live life to the fullest. We have 19 unique, dynamic communities in 11 states. Find an Erickson continuing care community near you.