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What Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Have you decided where you want to spend your golden years? Understandably, many seniors prefer not to bounce from place to place – but how do you find a retirement community that’s able to meet your needs through different stages of aging? A continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, might be the right choice for you.

What Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Continuing care retirement communities allow seniors to “age in place,” staying in the same community throughout the different stages of aging. They offer a variety of benefits as well . . .

Benefits of CCRCs

Extensive Support

Many seniors choose CCRCs because of their extensive support. CCRCs provide a wide range of care, giving residents a real sense of stability without having to worry about moving from place to place as they age. CCRC residents enjoy maintenance-free living that includes all meals, transportation, housekeeping, and health support – all of the ease of retirement with none of the stress.

Built-In Social Network

Are you feeling a little isolated as you get older? CCRC residents also have access to a large built-in social network. Adding to their resort feel, many CCRCs plan activities and outings for residents.

Flexibility for Couples

If you and your partner have different care needs as you age, a CCRC could be a great option for you. While some retirement communities may require you to live apart to get the care you need, a CCRC will likely allow you to stay together (even if one spouse needs to move into a higher-care facility within the CCRC).

Health Support

Tired of hauling yourself to the doctor’s office for senior care? CCRCs provide health support with varied levels within the same community. Most CCRCs offer assisted living, skilled nursing, and even memory care services within the same facility.

How Much Do CCRCs Cost?

Can you put a price on peace of mind? Well, maybe. If a CCRC sounds like a good option for you, you may be wondering how to pay for it. At the Gables on Pelham, we don’t charge an entry fee or buy-in fee as some CCRCs do. Instead, we have a community fee and deposits. As you explore retirement communities, make sure to have a CCRC associate walk you through the pricing structure.


Overall, continuing care retirement communities are some of the most flexible living options for seniors. With a resort feel and unparalleled access to healthcare services, CCRCs help you enjoy your golden years with complete peace of mind – and a bit of fun, too.

Are you planning to retire in Greenville, South Carolina? Be sure to check out The Gables on Pelham, a continuing care retirement community that welcomes seniors from all walks of life. We offer flexible and personalized care, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. You’ll love our cozy accommodations, fun-filled events calendar, and welcoming community atmosphere. To learn more, please schedule a tour or give us a call at 864-286-6600.