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Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer persons 60 years of age or older a long term continuing care contract that provides for independent living units, residential care/assisted living services, and skilled nursing care, usually in one location, and usually for a resident’s lifetime. Most CCRCs require a substantial entrance fee (e.g., from a low of $100,000 to over a million) to be paid by the applicant upon admission.
How to Choose a CCRC
Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Is One Right for You? (2009) is a 14- page consumer’s guide that provides essential information to make an informed decision regarding whether a Continuing Care Retirement Community is right for you. It includes a 4-page personal questionnaire insert, Points to Consider for CCRC Consumers, to aid in your decision-making. Click here for a free copy of the Guide and the insert, Points to Consider for CCRC Consumers.
How to Find a CCRC
The California Department of Social Services, Continuing Care Contracts Branch, regulates CCRCs, and maintains a website with general information on CCRCs (http://www.calccrc.ca.gov/):
The law governing CCRCs is contained in the California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 10 of Division 2, Sections 1770 and following. Click here for a copy of the most recent statute.