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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017

What is a continuing care retirement community?

Retirement today is a very different concept from what it was a generation or two ago. Retirement used to be thought of as a time to relax and take it easy, but now, it’s often viewed as a new beginning. Retirees are younger, healthier and sharper than ever, and retirement is about keeping busy, staying active and living life on your own terms. People are living longer than they did in your grandparents’ day—a fact that has driven huge changes in retirees’ expectations and needs.

 Today’s retirees have more choices when it comes to retirement living, and many are looking for a place where they can live in gracious, comfortable, safe and secure surroundings. All this, plus the ability to make new friends, stay healthy and fit, explore new ideas, participate in a variety of artistic, educational and cultural activities, discover new passions and even continue to work or start new businesses. At Westminster at Lake Ridge, we call it engaged living.

 Many people find that Continuing Care Retirement Communities, also known as CCRCs or Life Plan Communities, are well suited to their retirement living expectations. AContinuing Care Retirement Community is a tiered approach to retirement living, offering independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing in which residents can remain as active as possible and maintain the social connections and intellectual stimulation that are so vital to well-being and happiness while getting the special care they need. 

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Westminster at Lake Ridge provides access to all of the programs and amenities you could desire, plus assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing, should your needs change as you grow older. 

As a member of Westminster at Lake Ridge, you can choose the retirement residence that’s just right for you—a charming, private cottage with a sunroom, or a spacious apartment right in the heart of the community. If you require some help with daily functions now or in the future, you can choose to move into an assisted living suite right on the Westminster at Lake Ridge campus, where trained, experienced and compassionate staff assist you. If you have short-term challenges or chronic conditions that need more medical intervention and monitoring, Westminster at Lake Ridge’s highly rated and accredited skilled nursing program provides around-the-clock care. 

For those who need a little extra help with activities of daily living but wish to remain in their independent-living residences, Westminster at Lake Ridge Home Care offers assistance. Having these services available to you as your needs change enables you to “age in place,” maintain your relationships and friendships, and continue to participate in life-enriching activities. 

As a modern retiree, you demand much more from your retirement years. You want to continue an active, engaged lifestyle and live as independently as possible for as long as possible. At Westminster at Lake Ridge, you’ll find everything you need, from restaurant-style dining options to well-equipped fitness facilities and programs, classes, lectures, social gatherings and outings. 

More and more, the term Continuing Care Retirement Community is being supplanted by the term Life Plan Community. That’s fitting, because it better describes how the retirement years are a time for reinventing your life. Today’s retirees want to get the most out of every minute. They look forward to new possibilities and plan for active, engaged lives. Westminster at Lake Ridge encourages participation and engagement by providing multiple opportunities to grow, learn and maintain excellent health, along with the peace of mind of knowing that your future needs will be met. 

If you would like to learn more about this unique retirement community, please call us at 703-496-3400, plan on joining us for one of our upcoming special events, or request more information here.


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