The Complete Guide to
Life Plan Communities
Do you value the feeling of being in control and reducing uncertainty?
Do you want to live a full and purposeful life?
Do you wish you had more time to do what you love to do and not what you have to do?
If the term Life Plan Community is new to you, perhaps you recognize continuing care retirement community, or CCRC. For a long time, CCRCs were the name associated with a senior community that provided many types of care on one campus. However, when seniors were asked if they liked the name CCRC, they answered with a resounding "no". In fact, 84% of prospective residents surveyed in 2013 by Leading Age, an association of not-for-profit groups that address the needs of aging adults, said the term CCRC was focused more on care and less on the wellness aspects of community living. Adults wanted a term that reflected what these communities really were: hubs of growth, opportunity, and wellness.
So, why did the term Life Plan Community replace CCRCs? The word "life" reflects that community living isn’t just about care; they are about living life to the fullest each day. The word "plan" emphasizes the peace of mind that having continuing care and advanced wellness services brings.
Often, people don’t fully understand what Life Plan Communities are and, as important, what they aren’t. Here’s what you need to know as you take the next steps in your planning process.