Life Plan Communities vs. CCRCs

How Do Life Plan Communities Work?

A smooth transition to retirement can be achieved by choosing the right community. Some of the questions you may ask yourself are: What’s the first step? How do Life Plan Communities work? What is a CCRC?

There are various terms that may be used to describe certain retirement communities, and some may be referring to the same levels of care. Together, let’s discover the wide variety of retirement community terms, and more specifically, obtain  a deeper understanding of the difference between Life Plan Communities and CCRCs.

What is a Life Plan Community?

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Upon researching your retirement community options, one of the most asked questions is: How do Life Plan Communities work? Through extensive services and opulent amenities, they help seniors and retirees maintain an active lifestyle. Assisted living, independent living, and skilled nursing services are all available under one roof in a Life Plan Community. 

A hallmark of the Life Plan Community model is the continuum of care it offers. As a result, residents can live in a community of their choice in maintenance-free, independent-living apartments or homes. The community will also be able to meet their health care needs if their needs change in the future. 

Seafields at Kiawah Island offers a wide range of residences for independent living as well as assisted living. Depending on the community, residents may also have access to memory care.

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Life Plan Communities vs. CCRCs: What’s the Difference?

When searching for a retirement community, you may come across the terms Life Plan Community and CCRC. Although they are sometimes misunderstood as two separate types of communities, CCRCs and Life Plan Communities are the same. The concept of a Life Plan Community is relatively new and is used in place of the word CCRC.

Why is it Called a Life Plan Community?

A continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, has been around for years, providing residents with a continuum of care. However, the phrase CCRC has not resonated with older adults for the past fifteen years or so.

Senior living communities are becoming more popular because older adults want active, fulfilling, independent lifestyles. CCRCs offer active lifestyle options, but the name didn’t reflect that. Life Plan Communities have been adopted by communities across the industry as a better description to express the lifestyles they offer.

Considering a Life Plan Community

Now that you understand the terminology, what should you consider before moving into one of these communities?The first step is to identify the ideal lifestyle you want during your retirement. At Seafields, you can transition smoothly into a lifestyle filled with luxury and leisure. On the surface, some questions may be as simple as what level of care you need now and in the future. A range of care options are available at Seafields, including independent living and assisted living.

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The deeper you dive into Life Plan Communities, the more you’ll question which amenities work and why. Seafields, for instance, offers many luxurious amenities within its communities, but what about Kiawah Island itself? Is there an opportunity to explore? These are just a few questions you may want to ask.

Our two-part blog series answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Life Plan Communities to help you find the best one for you.

See part one and part two of this blog series for more information.

Begin Your Search for the Best Life Plan Community at Seafields

Making an informed decision about senior living requires understanding the terminology, asking the right questions, and comparing your options. A well balanced Life Plan Community emphasizes both physical and mental wellness. In addition to a carefree, luxurious lifestyle, Seafields at Kiawah Island offers a sense of fellowship and a wide range of recreational activities that stimulate your senses from head to toe. We offer spacious living with 90 independent living units and a variety of floor plans to choose from.

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