Seniors Housing Weekly Update -- Why People Live In CCRCs

January 22, 2013


January 22, 2013. 60 Seconds with Steve Monroe. You always hear about the benefits of living in CCRCs, but they also offer a great support system when a spouse dies.

Why People Live In CCRCs

As many of you know, I have been a big fan of CCRCs for more than 20 years. People move into CCRCs because they don’t want to worry about what to do as their health gets worse, or can’t drive anymore.  They move in because they want a built in social life, social activities, people to share a meal with. They can go to the exercise room without having to drive a car to get there, and they usually bump into a few friends on the way to and from. In other words, they are not alone and can take advantage of socialization at different times of the day and at different locations within the CCRC. But what no one really talks about is the benefit of a CCRC when one spouse dies. Instead of being left alone in their house, the surviving spouse is surrounded by friends, some new, some they have known for years in the community. And these friends will see you every day, meet you for dinner downstairs, go to a movie with you, or see you in the exercise room. The point is, if you don’t want to be alone, it doesn’t take much effort to be with other people, and that can make all the difference in the world, for the resident and the family.



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