Fact vs Myth: CCRCs are just social Clubs for retirees

Myth: “CCRCs are just social Clubs for retirees.”

Fact: Along with many fun things to do and be involved in, including volunteering and helping others, there are opportunities for learning, enrichment and service. New friends and neighbors (and staff) become like an extended family. The social aspect is one of the most important benefits of living at a CCRC. Instead of living alone in your home, in a neighborhood where your friends have moved or passed away, you can live in a beautiful community, such as Westminster Village, where you have access to not only health care and the security of never being along, but also having access to friends and social, cultural and spiritual activities right outside your door.

Fact vs Myth: My family can take care of me if my health changes

Myth: “I don’t want to leave my family – and they can take care of me if my health changes.”

Fact: Some of our residents say the exact opposite – they tell us that they made the choice to move to a CCRC, like Westminster Village, so that their family does not have to worry about them as their health needs change. While children (and their parents) may have good intentions, adult children often have work and family obligations in addition to the added aspect of having parents living in their home. As parents age, their needs cannot always be met by their family – no matter how loving or well-intentioned. For many older parents, they actually feel isolated when they live with their children, because their network of friends may not be close by. Many of our residents have made the decision to move to Westminster because they wanted to take the burden off of their children by choosing a retirement community that includes access to good health care so that their future health care needs are always met.

Fact vs Myth: A Continuing Care Retirement Community is not a nursing home

Myth“A CCRC is the same as a Nursing Home.”

Fact: No, a Continuing Care Retirement Community is not a nursing home, but a nursing home is an important part of the benefits of living at in a CCRC. Westminster Village offers residential living in apartments, Assisted Living, Rehab-to-Home, AND Skilled nursing care in our Health Center, all on 65 beautifully landscaped acres. Westminster has consistently high-quality ratings that reflect our commitment to providing the best care for our residents, whether it is for a short-term rehab, long-term skilled care, or follow-up after a hospital stay. One of the biggest benefits of retirement living at a CCRC, such as Westminster, is that if one of our residents ever needs long-term care in our Health Center, they are assured of a bed by virtue of being a resident of our community. Individuals who wish to receive the quality care provided by Westminster and who are not residents of our CCRC may find that there are no openings at our skilled nursing center and they may need to look elsewhere for skilled care, which can be very stressful during times of a health care crisis.

Fact vs Myth: It costs so much money; I could never afford to live there

Myth: “It costs so much money; I could never afford to live there.”

Fact: When families are considering a retirement community, they don’t take into consideration the costs to live in their homes, such as; utilities, taxes, an emergency response system, maintenance, security, housekeeping, food, and maybe a membership to the Fitness Center. Actually, folks need to weigh the intangibles as well, such as access to health care, socialization of living in a community and sharing interests with friends and neighbors, and the accessibility of a caring staff.

At a Continuing Care Retirement Community, such as Westminster Village, these costs are all included in the monthly fee. With all that is included, it may not be as “expensive” as many people think!