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What is the Difference Between CCRC and a Nursing Home?

A group of senior friends playing cards outside on the grounds of their continuing care retirement community.

Take a second to close your eyes and imagine that you believe a senior living community would look like. For some, they may begin to think of a hospital-type setting – but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Nursing homes” do focus more on the higher healthcare needs of senior adults. A nursing home is a place where staff provides medical care in a comfortable environment, and activities are sometimes offered within the community.

While nursing homes certainly do a wonderful job of caring for seniors who are in need of medical care, there is sometimes a misconception between these services and other kinds of senior living.

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are alternative senior housing options for the older adult looking for an active lifestyle now with a plan in place for their future needs. These communities offer so much more than what a “nursing home” may be able to offer, including socialization opportunities and the independence to live your retirement years the way you’ve always dreamed.

CCRC is the Senior Housing Option of Choice for Active Adults

CCRCs offer a unique mix of housing, hospitality and healthcare all in one convenient location. As a CCRC resident at Meadow Lakes, you maintain your own private, spacious apartment or cottage and continue to live independently. At the same time, you benefit from a range of services and amenities right outside your door that make life easier, such as restaurant-style meals, concierge services and weekly housekeeping. Plus, with a full range of healthcare services available, you’re able to easily transition to different levels of care should the need arise without having to worry about additional moves.

At a CCRC, your needs will be taken care of now and in the future.

Learn More About Continuing Care Retirement Communities at Meadow Lakes

At Meadow Lakes, our all-inclusive CCRC aims to offer everything you need to live the best life you possibly can. Resident Enid Mantell shares, “For me at this stage in my life, I feel like an active social life is the most important thing. I lived in a 55 and older community and felt like I was in a rut; I wanted more social interaction. At Meadow Lakes there is always something new to do and learn. I enjoy the art classes here which fulfill my creative needs as well as the many other programs and events offered.

‘Living here is living in beauty—especially my apartment. I wake up every morning to a pretty view of the gardens. And I find the people here very friendly. As I walk down the halls everyone says hello with a smile. The staff here are very friendly too. They all know my name and are so helpful.”

Learn more about what your life would look like as a resident of Meadow Lakes by contacting our team today. Or, see the community for yourself by scheduling your personal tour, either in-person or with an easy-to-use virtual appointment.