Comparing Costs. Affording a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).
You’re retired and ready to spend more time doing things that bring you joy instead home maintenance, yard work and the never-ending cooking and cleaning.
Although a CCRC (i.e. life-plan community) would give you these opportunities and more, can you afford it? There’s one way to find out; compare a community’s monthly costs against your expenses living at home. A life-plan community may be more within reach than you think.
The Real Cost Comparison
Most people assume a life-plan community costs more than living at home. That could be the case if you’re only comparing the community’s monthly cost against a monthly mortgage.
However, your mortgage is not your only monthly expense. There’s food, utilities, home maintenance, property taxes and entertainment. It’s crucial to add these into your comparison because they’re already included in the community’s monthly cost.
Even if your comparison shows a life-plan community may cost more, the positive impact on your quality of life is a value that often can’t be matched at home.
Consider the following benefits:
A maintenance-free lifestyle filled with amenities – maintenance, transportation and security services as well as multiple dining venues, concierge services, pool, library, dog park and walking trails
A focus on wellbeing – fitness centers; classrooms for yoga, tai chi and other wellness classes; tennis courts; croquet courts; salon and spa; and nutritious menu items using fresh, locally-grown ingredients
A means to stay connected and fulfilled – social activities, trips, classes, clubs and opportunities to serve, teach or share your experiences with others
If you’re only considering a community’s monthly fee against your mortgage, you’re not getting the full picture that will lead to making an informed decision. You need to consider both tangible costs and intangible benefits.