It’s no secret that Raleigh is a great place to retire. With this in mind, the area often referred to as “The Triangle” (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) offers many options for those who have decided to make the move to a retirement community. The fact that there are so many senior living communities in the area, many of which are either a 55 and over or a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community), means making your choice could be difficult. So, what are some key differences between a CCRC like Springmoor and the 55 and over communities in Raleigh?
Home options and home upkeep
Both 55 and over communities and CCRCs like Springmoor offer a variety of home options, such as apartments, townhomes, duplexes and even single-family cottages and homes. At both kinds of communities, you typically also have the ability to customize your home. However, that’s where many of the home-related similarities end.
When moving to a CCRC like Springmoor, for example, months before you move into your new home, you’ll meet with a move-in counselor who will help you select the fixtures and furnishings for your new space, regardless of its size. So by the time you move in, the custom touches you’ve chosen such as paint, flooring, countertops, cabinetry, fixtures and appliances will all be ready for you to enjoy. By comparison, most 55 and over communities are standard home purchases, so you’ll have to wait until you move in to make any improvements. Moreover, you’ll have to coordinate the contractors, designers, installers and more – all while pardoning their mess while they complete the work.
For day-to-day living, at a CCRC like Springmoor, you’ll have more time to enjoy your own home and the park-like community because all necessary home maintenance and light housekeeping are included. This not only means that you won’t need to spend time and energy on yardwork and cleaning, but also that if anything goes wrong in your home, Springmoor will cover it. By contrast, at a 55 and over community, any unexpected home repairs and regular home maintenance are your responsibility.
Considerations for care
The CCRCs and 55 and over communities in Raleigh, NC both typically offer group activities, fitness areas, restaurant-style dining and other amenities that are unique to each community. However, another major point where the two community styles differ – and this is important – is what they offer if you eventually need healthcare services.
Most 55 and over communities in Raleigh, NC do not have on-site healthcare that goes beyond the scope of a basic medical clinic. That said, most who decide to move to 55 and over communities have to move again when their daily health needs warrant it. This could also mean that if you or your partner experience a medical need while at a 55 and over community, you may have to live in separate places for a time and cope with the associated stress and costs.
In a CCRC, though, if you or your partner eventually need short-term rehabilitation, more daily help via assisted living or even a move to skilled nursing care, you can receive all of that care on the same campus and you won’t need to go through the struggles of moving again. At a CCRC, making the move to a higher level of care is seamless, and residents can still enjoy the same campus, the same activities and the same amenities.
Finally, the flexible contract agreements at CCRCs like Springmoor make it possible to choose the entry fee plan most suitable for your family. You can learn all about CCRC contracts here.
At this point, you’re probably realizing that living at a CCRC provides an ideal senior lifestyle, with more to enjoy and more time to enjoy it all. And that’s before you factor in the peace of mind that a CCRC like Springmoor provides for today and tomorrow, which is unmatched by all the 55 and over communities in The Triangle. Yet, you probably still haven’t gotten in touch with us at Springmoor! Don’t be shy – our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions you have by phone at 919-651-4844; or if you’d rather write to us, simply click here. We want to help make sure you live your best life in retirement, and we can’t wait to hear from you!