Can't decide which option is right for you? Are you independent now but understand that there might be a time when you're not? Are you rich? If so, then a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, might be for you. This is the big kahuna of elder care options, if only because it encompasses all levels of housing and treatment. You could begin living in an apartment and then move to assisted living and then a nursing home as your health declines.
This option is popular because it provides peace of mind -- if you find a community you like, you'll be set for the duration of your life. However, peace of mind and long-term care are rarely cheap. CCRCs generally require one large entrance fee, which could range from $20,000 to $400,000, followed by monthly fees for the length of the stay [source: Morris]. These communities also require a good deal of advance planning, as they often only accept people who are healthy enough for some of the more independent living options. If you are looking into this option, be sure to investigate more than just that swanky apartment you'll start off in. You'll also need to investigate the nursing facilities that might be in your future as well.
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