What’s The Difference Between a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and Assisted Living?


Until recently, older adults had to move from one location to the next in order to receive the care they need during specific times in their lives. Fortunately, with continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and assisted living communities becoming more common, people have more choices when considering the move to a senior community. 

Many people may not know the main differences between CCRCs and assisted living. CCRCs offer a tiered approach to the aging process, while assisted living usually falls somewhere between independent senior living and skilled nursing. Let’s review some of the key differences between the two.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

You can think of CCRCs like any senior apartment, but with the full continuum of senior care on one campus. Most older adults who move into a CCRC start out living completely independently.

CCRCs do not use a one-size-fits-all approach to anything. Every resident receives customized care for their specific circumstances. The goal of a CCRC is for residents  to move through various levels of care, all while remaining in the same community. Moving to a new environment is often very stressful, especially for older adults with health and mobility issues, so being able to stay in the same CCRC is a huge benefit that should not be overlooked.

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities are also for older adults who want to continue living independently for as long as possible. These communities are typically for seniors who don’t have complex health needs. Instead, they provide round-the-clock help with daily activities like bathing, dressing, eating, and more.

Assisted living apartments are often private and comfortable, enabling the residents to feel more at home.

If someone has a change in health or mobility status while living in assisted living, they most likely will have to move into different accommodations where they can receive the care they need from licensed professionals.

Flexible senior living options in Sussex County, NJ

At Bristol Glen, our CCRC in Sussex County, we offer everything our residents need all in one beautiful, comfortable campus with independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation.

If you’re researching care options for a loved one, consider the fact that their health needs and their mobility are likely to change as the years progress. Rather than uprooting them from one community to the next every few years, we recommend choosing a community like Bristol Glen where they’ll have all the care they need – and all the independence they want – in one location.

For more information about UMC at Bristol Glen, or if you have any questions about life in a CCRC, please contact our team today. Discover why so many people choose us as their trusted CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey. To learn more, visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/bristolglen/

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