Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities

A Thorough Guide to Your Options

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are an attractive residential option for active older adults. CCRCs offer a full continuum of independent housing, assisted living, and skilled nursing care within a single campus setting.

In the Asheville area there are a variety of these kinds of communities, each with a different financial model, various health and wellness options and services, and varied amenities. Navigating your way through all of the choices to find a community that is right for you can be a challenge. Members of the OLLI Life Transitions Committee have designed a course to help you assemble the relevant information and ask the right questions to see whether the CCRC is a living option that meets your needs and to help you choose among the options available to you.

A New Virtual Offering of CCRCs is now available.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) 2022 Dates: August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25.  

Visit the OLLI Registration page to enroll in the August 2022 session of “Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities”

 

Instructors: Dan Beerman and Anne Sayres

2022 TOPICS TO BE COVERED

– Senior Living – choices and options
– Basis for the decisions to be made regarding those choices
– CCRC history, services, contract types, and fees
– Admission Requirements
– Financial considerations regarding living in a CCRC
– CCRC living accommodations, wait lists, licensing and certification
– Local WNC CCRC options
– Long-term Care insurance
– Potential legal issues
– Planning your personal site visits to CCRCs
– Next steps, depending on your decisions

Attendance at first class is mandatory.

We plan to offer the August 2022 Exploring CCRCs in person at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. Please be aware that as our management of COVID 19 continues to evolve, we may have to adjust our schedule and method of delivery.

Program Details

The 2022 program will be offered in person at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus.

“Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities” will meet for six sessions to explore:

– Senior Living – choices and options

– Basis for the decisions to be made regarding those choices

– CCRC history, services, contract types, and fees

– Admission Requirements

– Financial considerations regarding living in a CCRC

– CCRC living accommodations, wait lists, licensing and certification

– Local WNC CCRC options

– Long-term Care insurance

– Potential legal issues

– Planning your personal site visits to CCRCs

– Next steps, depending on your decisions

Cost

$150 per person payable through our online registration system

At this time we do not require the purchase of a 22-23 OLLI membership to participate in this course.

Refund policy:

Refunds will be issued for the program fee, minus $25/person administrative charge, for cancellations made by Monday, August 2, 2022, 5 p.m.. For cancellations made fewer than 10 days prior to the program start date, no refund is possible.  To cancel, notify OLLI’s Main Office at 828-251-6140.

Registration

Registration is now open for the 2022 Exploring CCRCs:

Testimonials

Consideration of moving to a CCRC is a major event involving financial, legal, and life style changes. OLLI’s CCRC workshop allowed me to explore this option with technical experts, opportunities to personally examine local alternatives in the field, and discuss the experience with like minded peers, many of whom brought their own wisdom to share. This is an important decision and needs to be approached with care; OLLI’s workshop gave me a cost-effective, ‘one stop’ opportunity to think this through.
-Bill O’Connell


I learned so much from the CCRC program that I would have been unable to learn if I tried to explore area CCRCs on my own. It was well organized, and the on-site visits were invaluable. My long list of questions was enhanced by those of my classmates, and well answered by the staff and residents of the CCRCs we visited. Thanks, OLLI for sponsoring such a helpful program.
-Dorothy Routh


Exploring CCRCs course was invaluable for me.  I learned so much from the experience as well as from others in the class.  There is no way I could have learned as much in the same amount of time if I had tried to do all the research on my own.
-Martha Marshall


I do not live in a CCRC but wanted to understand them as a potential alternative for the future. The OLLI CCRC course gave me a solid understanding of their role in the aging world, their funding and costs, and how to begin to evaluate quality of care and service for these programs.  This course left me feeling enriched and better prepared to make decisions about care for myself and family in the future.
-Dan Beerman


The experience of attending the CCRC program offered by OLLI is invaluable. This is a unique opportunity to compare the various types of communities, meet the residents, sample the food, and hear from the knowledgeable Marketing staff about their activities and events.
-Marge Campbell


I would highly recommend Exploring CCRCs  for anyone about to deal with the life task of making plans for retirement living.  Even if one is fairly knowledgeable about CCRCs (as I was, having worked as a CCRC Resident Services Director some years ago), it is helpful to have updated information on the local options, as well as opportunities to share opinions and reactions with others in the class.  Though individual visits to facilities will be needed when one is actually making a decision to apply,   the group perspective is valuable as one begins to consider timing, resources, and needs.
-Nancy Schuman


Karen and I both took this course in 2014 and found it not only very well-conceived and managed, but essential to our thinking about the future. We credit the course directly with giving us the informed perspective on CCRCs that resulted in our placing a deposit at a community we visited with the class. That decision gave us the same kind of peace of mind as a good insurance policy – we knew that our place would be guaranteed if we eventually made the decision to move to a continuing care community, and which one was our preference, having sampled the variety of types, plans, costs, and locations in the Asheville area.
-Ron Scheinman & Karen Sparer


I want to glowingly praise this program; it was that helpful to me.  For anyone even remotely considering a move someday to a CCRC, this class is worth every penny. After taking this class, I feel well equipped to choose the right one.
-Beth Isaacs