Continuing Care Retirement Communities throughout Lancaster County have partnered to offer an annual open house to make it easy for individuals to visit multiple communities in one day without having to schedule appointments. Many people enjoy bringing family members and friends to see the communities, talk with staff and visit with residents. It’s the perfect way to casually check out the places that interest you the most. After the event, we encourage you to set up appointments at communities you would like to visit again, so that you can receive the personalized attention you deserve in selecting the location that is the best fit for you!

What is a CCRC?

A CCRC Life Plan Community is a continuing care retirement community. In other words, it is a place where you can move to and get additional care if and when your needs change. Typically most people move-in to residential living. CCRC’s also have personal care, rehabilitation care and skilled nursing available. Some even have in-home health services.

How old do I have to be to move to a community?

The answer varies depending upon each community, but normally the youngest residents are between 55-65 years of age.

Are meals included if I move into a community?

Most communities offer some type of meal plan. Some are an additional cost and others are included in the monthly fee. Check with each community for specific details.

Why do I need to pay an entrance fee?

The entrance fee is a lump sum of money that you use to purchase a life lease on your home in the community. Some communities offer different types of refundable entrance fee options and some also have rentals.

What does it normally cost to move into a retirement community?

In Lancaster County, entrance fees can range from $24,000 for a studio/efficiency apartment up to $497,000 for a three bedroom townhome.

What do I get for my monthly fee?

Although it may vary somewhat from one community to the next, most monthly service fees include all utilities, water, sewer, trash removal, security, opportunities for social engagement, home maintenance, grounds upkeep, lawn care and snow removal as well as the cost of keeping up the home or apartment in which you are living. If you are living in personal care, skilled nursing or rehabilitative care, you may be paying a daily fee that also includes the cost of providing care. Again, please check with each community for specific details.

What happens if I run out of money?

Most communities have provisions if you experience financial hardship or if you outlive your financial resources.

Do you offer transportation?

Communities frequently offer scheduled and sometimes even on-demand transportation to local shopping centers, doctor’s offices, grocery stores, and entertainment venues.

What happens if I can no longer live in my own home and care for myself?

The ability to move through the continuum of care offered at the community in which you live is one of the biggest advantages to planning ahead and moving to a community while you are still independent. Expertly trained team members are available to help you through the process of transitioning to an area where more care can be provided as needed.

How do I find out more about living at a CCRC?

Start by visiting websites (links are found on this site), attending the annual Explore Retirement Living Open House and then making an individual visit to the communities that interest you most.

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