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What Are Continuing Care Retirement Communities? (CCRC)

Independent Living

Assisted Living

Skilled Nursing

CCRCs provide different levels of senior care so that seniors are easily able to transition their care depending on their living needs, without changing facilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Assisted Living and Retirement Communities

There are three general levels of senior living: independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. Assisted living communities are best for seniors who cannot be fully independent and require some assistance with daily living activities.

Assisted living services can be provided at a freestanding location or as part of a retirement community, hospital, or skilled nursing home. Assisted living facilities in a community setting typically encourages healthy living and social interaction with other seniors.

Assisted living facilities typically provide support for daily activities such as grooming, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, housekeeping, laundry, meals, prescription medication management, emergency alert supervision, transportation, and more. Assisted living communities foster a social environment and other services can include social programs, senior outings, and other social activities.

Residents of assisted living communities can choose to receive different levels of support depending on their individualized needs.

Assisted living is a type of senior housing community. Senior housing is a general term and typically refers to different types of senior living, including independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes.

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Helpful Links

National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)
The National Center for Assisted Living site provides information and resources to support and enhance senior living and long term care. NCAL serves both the senior individuals and providers of long term care.
Whereyoulivematters.org by ASHA
This senior living site is powered by the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) and provides a variety of resources to learn about senior living solutions.
Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator site is run by the U.S. Administration on Aging and allows seniors to find more information and search for senior living and care facilities.