Our 2019 myLifeSite Consumer Survey uncovered a lot of interesting information about prospective residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, or life plan communities). One of the questions that I thought was particularly revealing was about people’s reasons for delaying a move to a CCRC.
Respondents were provided a list of eight possible reasons for putting off their move and were asked to choose up to three that best represent their feelings about this topic. Among the top responses were things you’d expect like not wanting to deal with the hassle of downsizing and moving (34 percent), and concerns about the long-term affordability of living in a CCRC (42 percent).
But the most common response was, “I don’t feel like I’m old enough for a retirement community,” with over 46 percent of survey participants selecting this as a reason they are delaying their CCRC move.
Now, it’s worth considering the age breakdown of the survey participants when analyzing the responses to this question. Among those who were 80 and under, this was the most commonly selected response with 47 percent saying they didn’t think they were old enough for a CCRC. For those who were 81 and older, 19 percent put this among their reasons for putting off a CCRC move.
For many seniors who are currently residing in their own home but like the idea of living in a setting where healthcare services are available if needed down the road, a CCRC is the perfect solution. In addition to the many amenities and conveniences they enjoy, CCRC residents can easily transition from living entirely independently to getting any needed assisted living services to receiving 24-hour skilled nursing care in the on-site healthcare center. But as our consumer survey revealed, many who are into their 80s still don’t think they are old enough to actually make the move to a CCRC.
So that begs the questions: When is the right time to move to a CCRC? What is the ideal age?
Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this question because everyone’s situation will be different. People age at different rates, and different lifestyles impact the aging process. I can tell you that the average age of new CCRC residents is anywhere from late 70s to early 80s, but an average is just that. There are many factors other than age that come into play in this choice, and there are people who are younger or older when they decide it’s the right time for their move.
I certainly understand the concerns that people have about moving too soon, but for those who feel they aren’t old enough for a CCRC, I would caution that waiting too long to make a move to a CCRC can mean missing out on some of the very reasons people are attracted to these communities in the first place.
If you think a CCRC is right for you, but you feel like you aren’t old enough to move to one yet, here are five reasons why you may want to consider moving sooner rather than later:
When is the right time to move to a CCRC? There are many considerations that must go into your individual answer to this question. But generally speaking, I would say that once you have determined that a CCRC is the right senior living option for you, it is smart to make the move while you still in good health and have the physical and emotional stamina to make a change and enjoy the benefits.
At Emerald Heights, once new residents experience the friendship, freedom, independence and financial security of our community they often wish they’d taken their retirement to new heights earlier.
Blog courtesy of myLifeSite.net