Life Plan Community vs CCRC (continuing care retirement community)

To begin, let’s define Continuing Care Retirement Communities: CCRCs offer a range of living services including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing services available to all residents on one campus where they know everyone and everyone knows them, so that even when their care needs increase over time they can stay within the community.

Several years ago in 2015, a joint initiative created by LeadingAge and Mather LifeWays known as NameStorm Task Force / CCRC NameStorm, was to come up with a new name to describe the wider variety of services now provided to older adults living in community settings.  The term Life Plan Community was established, with the difference reflecting how a Life Plan Community focuses on a more contemporary community with older adults who live a more active lifestyle.  While both communities address a broad scope of services from independent living to assisted living and the many other stages therein, Life Plan communities normally offer a larger range of additional amenities such as extensive libraries and a higher level of activities from more advanced fitness centers to more formal fine dining.   Learn more here:

What’s the Difference Between a Life Plan Community and CCRC?