Do CCRCs generally look the same?

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No. It is important to recognize that continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have rather distinguishing differences in their basic structure and environment.

CCRCs come in many shapes and sizes. They range from luxury high-rises with balconies to one and two-bedroom cottages to ranch-like configurations.

Communities in different areas of the country also vary in their basic method of carrying out daily activities. For instance, a CCRC within a city may serve meals in a classy, restaurant-like setting to cater to the desires of its residents who are used to city life. A community in the Amish areas of Pennsylvania, on the other hand, might serve family-style meals where the food is passed around the table as if you were at home.

Small distinctions like these make an enormous difference in the overall atmosphere of a community.

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