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Continuing Care Retirement Community

Continuing Care Retirement Community

A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) meets a number of aging care needs, from independent living, assisted living, nursing home care, and sometimes, memory care.

The various levels of shelter and care are housed on different floors or wings of a single high-rise building or in physically adjacent buildings spread out in a campus setting. The average CCRC in the United States contains just over 330 units, made up of 231 independent or congregate living units, 34 assisted living beds, and 70 skilled nursing home beds. 

Typically, seniors move into a continuing-care retirement community while still living independently. As residents progress in age, and medical needs change, the level of nursing care and services increases proportionally in response. Often, a life-care contract is required.