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What is a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)?

When you envision your life in retirement, what do you see? You may have plans to travel, socialize, relax, and enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve earned. You may also have questions about how to protect your health and finances against the what-ifs in life. For many of us, the concerns we have about getting older come from experiences with our parents and other relatives who needed help later in life.

As you compare different senior living options in Charleston, WV, you’ll soon realize there’s a range of different living options. The best advice is to plan for the future now so you can move on your own terms, starting with understanding what sets a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) — sometimes referred to as a Life Plan Community — apart from other types of retirement living.

A collage of different levels of care at Edgewood Summit- Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing.

Why Choose a CCRC?

Moving to a CCRC can help you make the most of your retirement now for years to come. A CCRC offers an independent lifestyle plus access to higher levels of care at predictable fees significantly lower than market rates. At Edgewood Summit, a CCRC in Charleston, WV, we offer that independent lifestyle, plus access to quality on-site assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and senior rehabilitation, if you ever need it.

At Edgewood Summit, independent living residents pay an upfront Resident Deposit to secure their place in the community, and they receive a Health Care Benefit that entitles them to a lifetime 20% discount on any long-term care they may need and receive while living in the community. Let’s explore more of the benefits of choosing a CCRC like Edgewood Summit for your next home:

Financial protection. A CCRC provides an exceptional value for older adults who want financial protection from the rising costs of senior care and guaranteed care for life. At Edgewood Summit, you’ll have priority access to health care services at prices below market rates.

A full continuum of care. In addition to independent living, Edgewood Summit offers a continuum of care that includes assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and senior rehabilitation on the same campus. As a CCRC, we 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 residents set personal health goals and develop individualized plans that change as residents age.

Social opportunities. When you move to a CCRC, you’ll find yourself naturally immersed in the social culture and meeting new people who share your interests. There’s always something fun to do, and it’s even better in the company of friends. The welcoming atmosphere at Edgewood Summit makes it easy to develop relationships with neighbors who will be with you for years to come.

Spacious and customizable residences. CCRC residents are often able to choose from a wide selection of floor plans to find a home that suits their needs and lifestyle. We invite you to learn more about the distinctive senior living options at Edgewood Summit, where residents enjoy a vibrant lifestyle on a scenic mountaintop in Kanawha Valley.

Stay in the same community. Avoid the stress and anxiety of relocating if you or your spouse need a higher level of care in the future. Having  a continuum of care on one campus is an invaluable core difference between a CCRC and other senior living options in Charleston, WV. Moving to a CCRC now means your relatives won’t have to help you find health care if the unexpected happens and you suddenly need help with activities of daily living or round-the-clock care. 

Not a nursing home. Unlike 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 nursing homes and other senior living options.

Not-for-Profit status. Many CCRCs have another important advantage you should consider when you compare senior care — 501(c)(3) not-for-profit  status. The not-for-profit classification allows CCRCs to ensure that all profits are funneled directly back into the community. Not-for-profit CCRCs are also generally held to higher standards of care than a stand-alone nursing home.

Start Planning Your Move to Edgewood Summit

Edgewood Summit is a true CCRC, where residents have high-quality care, thoughtful services and premium amenities for life. As West Virginia’s first and only locally owned, not-for-profit CCRC, we provide every level of senior living in Charleston, WV, with exceptional quality. If you’re still on the fence, read another one of our blog posts highlighting 5 reasons to move to a CCRC now.
You can’t predict the future, but you can take control of your options and secure your plans today. Take advantage of this opportunity for a discount of up to 30% on your Resident Deposit for one of our most popular one-bedroom senior apartments. Contact us to learn more about Edgewood Summit and explore our senior living options.