The Difference Between a CCRC and a Nursing Home

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Modern-day senior living options have come a long way from the traditional nursing homes of the past. Today, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is as different from a nursing home as a nail salon is from a resort spa. What exactly is a CCRC vs. a nursing home? And what are the main differences? Here are the vital distinctions you need to know to help you compare senior care to find the best fit for your retirement lifestyle.

What is a Nursing Home?

Nursing homes are individual health care institutions, usually operated as for-profit businesses and separate from senior living communities. They’re in the same category as a stand-alone independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facility. Each of these facilities provides a specific level of care and is focused primarily on medical care alone. Nursing homes are generally for older adults who need a higher level of care.
In nursing homes and stand-alone care facilities like them, residents pay market rates for only the services and medical care they receive. While there are large differences between nursing home care, skilled nursing care, and assisted living, their shared commonality is that they’re individual, usually for-profit, institutions, many of which are part of rental communities.

What is a CCRC?

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are senior living communities that offer a continuum of care on-site in addition to independent living. Assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation are typically  provided within the same community, or the community coordinates access to such services with nearby care providers. At most CCRCs, independent living residents can move to assisted living or a higher level of care without moving from the community.

Edgewood Summit is West Virginia’s first and only locally owned, nonprofit CCRC. We provide every level of senior living with exceptional quality. Our residents have high-quality care, thoughtful services and premium amenities for life.

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CCRCs also have a wider range of on-site medical professionals either on staff or employed from outside resources. From registered nurses to occupational therapists to nutritionists, these professionals are usually specially trained in geriatric care. They help CCRC residents set personal health goals and develop individualized plans that change as residents age.

Avoiding the stress and anxiety of relocating when higher levels of care are needed is an invaluable core difference between a CCRC and a  nursing home. And unlike individual nursing homes, CCRCs go far beyond medical care. Many senior living communities offer a variety of services, amenities and enriching programs to help residents live a life of fulfillment in retirement. Fitness classes, lifelong learning opportunities, hobby activities, engaging social programming and restaurant-style dining are just some of the premium perks that further differentiate a CCRC from other senior living options.

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Additionally, CCRC residents are often able to choose from a wide selection of residence locations  and floor plans to find a home that suits their health needs and lifestyle. One of the most helpful perks of a retirement community vs. nursing home is that residents can leave the worries of lawn care and home maintenance behind when they move in.

Many CCRCs have another important advantage you should consider when you compare senior care – 501(c)3 nonprofit status. The nonprofit classification allows CCRCs to ensure that all profits are funneled directly back into the community. Nonprofit CCRCs are also generally held to higher standards of care than a stand-alone nursing home.

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In our independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation levels, our residents have no trouble staying safe, active, and enjoying the rewarding lifestyles they’ve created here. But because we don’t accept direct admittance to our skilled nursing care, it’s important to enter the continuum now, before you need future care. To learn more about Edgewood Summit and explore our senior living options, contact us through our website, or call us at 304-346-2323.