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CCRC—what does it all mean?

Windsor Run will provide a peace-of-mind lifestyle

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May 12th, 2016
Artist's rendering of Windsor Run

The Windsor Run community will offer myriad amenities for a well-rounded lifestyle, including outdoor areas for socializing and an indoor swimming pool.

In a world of almost effortless communication via email, instant messaging, and texting, acronyms like LOL (laughing out loud) and OMG (oh my God) were recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary. But with the growth of acronyms accelerating at a mind-spinning pace, it’s often easy to feel uncertain of a new word or meaning. 

When speaking about Windsor Run, the Erickson Living community being developed in Matthews, N.C., Tom Senger, director of sales, uses the acronym “CCRC” to describe the sought-after community scheduled to open next year.

“I explain that as a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, Windsor Run will provide all levels of continuing care, all on-site, at the Windsor Run campus,” he says. “A majority of our community members will never need the higher level of care available, but they enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing the care is available. It’s a wonderful safety net.”

People behind the letters

“No one ever knows what life will throw their way, but my husband Charles and I want to be the decision makers when it comes to our future,” says Nancy Eisenbise, a community member at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. “We both witnessed family and friends struggle with aging, ultimately, making it necessary for someone to step in and decide how to best provide for their loved one. We felt that a continuing care retirement community, like Ashby Ponds, was the best choice for us.

“We knew that our needs would change as we aged and that the time may come when we may not be able to easily handle some of the surprises that come our way. Living at Ashby Ponds gives our children the peace of mind that comes with knowing we are safe, comfortable, and physically and mentally stimulated. It’s a gift we gave both our children and ourselves.”

According to Ken Harris, director of the New York Association for Homes and Services for the Aging’s Center for Senior Living and Community Services, “the idea behind the CCRC is to meet the evolving residential and medical needs of people as they age in place, allowing them to remain in the community no matter what level of care they require.”

“Not everyone understands the difference between a nursing home and a CCRC,” says Nancy. “Too often, people feel they are “not ready yet,” or “will wait until I need that.” They still see CCRCs as institutions where elderly go for care before they die.”

According to Nancy, such perceptions couldn’t be further from the truth. As a continuing care retirement community, Ashby Ponds, like all Erickson Living communities, is comprised of individuals who enjoy being active and spending time with others.

“Ashby Ponds is a vibrant, diversified community,” she says. “You are ready to live here if you value quality of life, are able to move from yesterday into the possibilities of tomorrow, and are willing to expand into a more carefree lifestyle where you will continue to grow as a person.” 

Experts suggest that the optimum time for a lifestyle change is when you are able to take full advantage of all the amenities a CCRC has to offer. Once open, Windsor Run will offer myriad opportunities to stay active physically and mentally, including stimulating lectures, educational and entertainment programs, and clubs and interest groups.

Lifelong insurance

Ironically, studies show that once protected by the CCRC safety net, many people won’t need the higher levels of on-site care that the communities provide.

The Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that “residents who live in CCRCs are healthier and live longer than people who do not live in CCRCs.” The analysis also found that CCRC residents have less risk of disease and disability. 

“I think of it as a safety net, a welcome protection,” say Carolyn Nagler, a community member at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va. “The many activities and opportunities Erickson Living communities provide contribute, in my opinion, to living longer, better lives. Our mental, psychological, and physical selves are stimulated every time we leave our apartment.”

“Our first experience with a CCRC was with my wife Nancy’s mother,” says John Oliphant, a community member at Ashby Ponds. “She enjoyed her living experience well into her 99th year. As a result, there was never any question for us about what we would do when we were ready to move.” 

First steps

For many, seeing is believing and Senger invites anyone interested in learning more about Erickson Living at Windsor Run to visit the new sales office at 2010 McKee Road in Matthews. 

“There is never any pressure to make a decision,” he says. “A visit is simply a great opportunity to see a model of our future community, including the clubhouse and residence buildings. Guests will also enjoy the opportunity to peruse the more than 30 available floor plans, and, most importantly of all, ask their unique questions.”

Reiko Matsumoto, a community member at Ashby Ponds, feels that the visits she made to the campus and the discussions she and her husband Hisao had with the sales staff, were instrumental to their move. 

“The best way to see what a continuing care retirement community is all about is to visit and ask questions,” she says. “I feel one of the most common misconceptions about CCRCs like Ashby Ponds is that they are expensive and only for wealthy people. But that’s not true. 

“There are many different size apartment homes available and friendly staff members who will help you make choices that best fit your budget. We are very happy that we chose Ashby Ponds. Our neighbors are wonderful and we are comforted knowing that medical help is always on hand should we need it.” 

Her neighbor Nancy agrees.

“My advice is to research CCRC living,” she says. “In doing so you’ll discover all the advantages and economic feasibility of choosing to move to an Erickson Living community. I cannot emphasize enough how important timing is in making a lifestyle change as a senior citizen. It’s the key to living your life to the fullest.”