Choosing a Senior Living Community Continuous Care Retirement Community (CCRC)/(Life Plan Community) or Rental

A Continuous Care Retirement Community a (CCRC) is the same as a Life Plan Community. In both cases a continuum of care is provided- independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Some CCRC’s offer memory care, and some do not.

When healthcare needs change, the CCRC is equipped to handle the new needs on their campus. This is not true of most rental communities which may offer a few levels of care but not the entire array.

The disadvantage of a CCRC is the price. Most require a sizeable entrance fee ranging from $10,000 to $100,000,000. While moving out of a senior community would be challenging for anyone, it is more difficult and expensive to move out of a CCRC than a rental community.

CCRC’s and rental communities for seniors offer many of the same services such as communal activities and communal dining, laundry services etc. For more information, please contact the Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion 407-678-9363 or visit

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage.  This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in.  The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents in fifty facilities for seniors.  The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.

By Nancy Ludin at the Jewish Pavilion