Making the decision to move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community, also known as a CCRC or Lifeplan Community, can be difficult. A host of emotions along with endless questions can keep you awake at night. What is a CCRC? When do I start my research? How many communities should I visit? Which communities? Will my money last? Do I really want to leave my home at all? It’s a process. And no matter where you are along the process, having these questions is perfectly normal.
Similar to undertaking a large difficult project, the thought of making a move can feel so overwhelming that it’s tempting to put it off. Delaying a move is often a result of financial uncertainties or misapprehensions concerning the most appropriate timing of such a move. Twin Lakes Community encourages applicants to make the move sooner rather than later. We often hear folks question whether they’re old enough, but in fact our average age of entry is 74. Other times folks express a sense of being too healthy to move, but in fact we have a remarkably vital, healthy community of people at Twin Lakes. It is likely that these remarks mask other underlying hesitancies.
In reality, the longer it takes to make a move, the more difficult the move becomes, both physically and emotionally. From a financial perspective, moving to a community at a younger age offers a much larger return on investment than waiting until later years when admission fees have increased and remaining years of life expectancy have consequently decreased.
Twin Lakes residents consistently and overwhelmingly voice their satisfaction in making this their home with only one regret: they wish they had moved sooner. Leaving home ownership behind to engage in community activities, wellness programs and lifelong learning opportunities while developing new hobbies, interests, and friendships were variables they had not considered strongly enough in the early stages of decision making. The process of moving is not simple for most people. And while it is often accompanied by a “touch” of anxiety, the end result offers immeasurable satisfaction. Timing is an art – now is the time to pick up your brush.