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Below are resources to help you evaluate continuing care retirement living options. (Open as PDF files unless otherwise indicated.)
How to select a continuing care retirement community If you have decided that a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is an option for yourself or a family member, here are examples of some things to keep in mind and questions to ask as you decide which CCRC is best for you.
Consumer guide to understanding financial performance and reporting in Continuing Care Retirement Communities - PDF
InvestigAge This online resource brings together current news and research findings across a broad range of topics of interest senior living providers, professionals, researchers, investors, developers, and other stakeholders. Free registration is required to access the website for scholarly research and industry practice in the field of aging services.
Searching for Security How to tell whether a continuing care community will be able to keep its financial promises. Article from Wall Street Journal Retirement Planning.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Weighing the Risks Weighing the financial risks of CCRCs. Article from Wall Street Journal Personal Finance.
Checking Out Continuing Care Communities What to look for when considering a continuing care retirement facility. Article from Wall Street Journal Real Estate.
Retirement Homes for Less Negotiating the cost of retirement living. Article from Wall Street Journal Personal Finance.
Beyond Long-Term Care Considering continuing-care retirement communities (CCRCs) as an alternative to long-term-care insurance. Article from Wall Street Journal Personal Finance.
Pros, cons: Continuing care retirement community CCRCs offer a variety of living options — from independent living to assisted living to nursing care — all within one community. Article from USA Today Money.
Guide to Selecting Assisted Living When considering a move into an assisted living community, potential residents and their loved ones must weigh many factors. This guide provides some questions you can ask the community before making a decision.
Assisted living facilities: Tips for choosing a facility and making the transition Making the decision to leave your home can be difficult for you and your family, but you can make the transition easier by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs and concerns.
How to choose an assisted-living facility If you have concerns about the ability of an aging parent or relative to live independently, you may want to investigate assisted living.
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An independent research study compared CARF-accredited nursing homes to those without CARF accreditation. It found that CARF-accredited nursing homes performed significantly better compared to U.S. national averages in six out of seven quality measures upon which the study was focused.Find out more about the study by visiting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) summary webpage.
Improving care transitions and reducing rehospitalizations will not be easy, but the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) believes it is possible and a worthy strategy to improve quality of care and quality of life for older people and people with disabilities. The time is right for such an initiative.
LTQA supports person- and family-centered quality measurement and innovative best practices for long-term services.
Read LTQA's report, Innovative communities: Breaking down barriers for the good of consumers and their family caregivers (PDF).
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