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What is a CCRC?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (commonly referred to as a life care community or a care for life community) provides housing and health services to mature adults under a long-term contract providing lifelong access to a full continuum of care, including Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. Friendship Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Is there an age requirement for CCRCs?

Yes, most communities require that an individual, or at least one member of a couple, be at least 62 years of age.

Are CCRCs expensive?

You may be pleasantly surprised if you compare the cost of maintaining a home with the cost of living at Friendship Village, where virtually all expenses are covered by one monthly fee. If you own your own home, it is very likely that your personal finances will accommodate a Friendship Village lifestyle. There are many financial options that you can consider when choosing to move to a CCRC. With the wide array of living options and contract plans at Friendship Village, a Residency Counselor can help you find just the right fit. Click here for an interesting article on the tax benefits of CCRCs from

What kind of services and amenities do CCRCs offer?

Most CCRCs offer a combination of cultural, social and spiritual activities. At Friendship Village, you can enjoy courtesy transportation services, a choice of dining options, beautiful grounds and garden spaces, a fitness center, on-site Physicians Center, full-service Chase banking facility, salon and more. You will also find programs that will enrich your spiritual life and allow you to express your creativity all while making new friends.

I think my parents would benefit from living in a retirement community. How do I approach the subject?

Speaking to a loved one about moving to a retirement community can be a delicate task. Visit the Talking to Your Loved Ones section of our Web site and you will find helpful tips on speaking with your loves ones about retirement living. You will also find an informative guide to the various living options available for older adults.

What is included in the monthly fee?

Typically in CCRCs, one monthly fee includes access to your home, plus all the benefits of living in the community—meals, utilities, home maintenance and landscaping services, cultural programming, all real estate taxes, housekeeping, and access to 24-hour emergency call services. For more specifics about what Friendship Village offers, visit the Living Options section of this Web site.

What type of health services do CCRCs offer?

CCRCs offer a full range of living options, including Residential Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. Friendship Village offers a complete continuum of care to provide the right care at the right time for all of our residents. We provide high-quality, on-site, Assisted Living, 24-hour Skilled Nursing and Memory Support for our residents who need more consistent levels of care. At Friendship Village, the focus is on promoting healthy, active lifestyles, so you can stay at your best.