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Should Location Play a Role When Choosing a CCRC?

Tips for deciding where to retire

You’ve heard it before, location is everything. As an adult with a young family, finding a home in a safe neighborhood that was close to the best school for your children was the top priority. And now, as a senior, you should put same effort into your search for the right continuing care retirement community (CCRC). While it is important that prospective CCRCs be maintenance-free, have a calendar full of activities and have great care options, you shouldn’t forget to put location on your “must-have” list.

Planning for a Great Future at a Continuing Care Retirement Community

There can be several factors to consider when relocating, that is why it is important to create a short-list of non-negotiables. Developing these non-negotiables helps ensure you are staying focused on what matters most while also keeping your expectations high. Here are a few of the top things to consider when choosing the location of your future CCRC:

  1. Proximity to family and friends. Sometimes as children grow up and start families of their own, they move away for one reason or another. This is why many seniors look for retirement homes that are closer to their family and loved ones before making the move. Being closer to loved ones allows you to play more of a role in their lives, visit often and continue building those important relationships.
  2. The surrounding area and amenities. While researching continuing care communities, don’t just look at the property—explore the surrounding area! At a CCRC you can come and go as you please, so before you make your final decision, have a look around town. While Crestwood Manor does offer a calendar of daily activities, we encourage you to seek out shopping, dining, and entertainment options in the beautiful town of Whiting, New Jersey. You can check out some of our favorite spots on our Area Attractions page.
  3. Cost of living. If you decide to move to a new location, it is important to consider if you can afford to live there on your retirement budget. Or perhaps the retirement community is located in an area where the cost of living is less than where your previous home was located. Either way, it is necessary to look into the cost of living and factor it into your final decision.
  4. Proximity to healthcare facilities. While CCRCs offer continuing care services like rehabilitation and skilled nursing, it’s also important to take into consideration how close the senior community is to the nearest trauma center or emergency room should you need emergency medical care.

Enjoy Your Future to the Fullest at Crestwood Manor

At Crestwood, we believe that moving to a continuing care retirement community is the most exciting time of your life. We make planning for your future easy with our vibrant independent living options and high-quality supportive services like personal care and skilled nursing. When deciding where to retire consider what is going to check all the boxes on your list. To learn more about our continuing care retirement community in Whiting, New Jersey, we invite you to contact us for more information and to schedule a personal tour.

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