Where Should I Live When I Retire?: A Guide to Continuing-Care Communities

Where Should I Live When I Retire?: A Guide to Continuing-Care Communities

by Bernice Hunt

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ISBN-13: 9780757052729
Publisher: Square One Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,209,933
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bernice Hunt, MS, started as a writing major at the University of Wisconsin, and wrote more than seventy books and numerous magazine articles. Later she became an editor, then earned a dual master’s degree in mental health counseling and gerontology at Long Island University.

Table of Contents


chapter  1      Crossing the Age Equator                              

                                    Significance of Aging

                                    First Thoughts of a New Life Style

chapter  2      Continuing Care Retirement Communities    

                                    What They Are

                                    How They Work

                                    Pros and Cons

chapter  3      The Search for a (Perfect) CCRC                  

                                    How to Search

                                    Learning about Differences

                                    Establishing Criteria

chapter  4      What to Look for in General                         

                                    Gaining Knowledge

                                    Refining Criteria

chapter  5      Looking Them Over                                       

                                    Visiting CCRCs

chapter  6      Checking out the Amenities                          

                                    Paying Attention to Details

chapter  7      Taking the Plunge                                          

                                    Scaling down

                                    Making the Move

chapter  8      The First Year and Beyond                           

                                    A Personal Account of Life in a CCRC

chapter   9     Afterword and (Unexpected) Affirmation    

appendix 1.     Comparing Home and CCRC Costs              

Appendix  2.   Comparison of Contracts                               

appenidx  3.    Checklist for Comparing CCRCs                  

Appendix 4.    Internet and Print Resources                         

appendix 5.     Directive to Heirs       


This book is a complete guide to Continuing Care (also known as Life-care) Retirement Communities.  It will tell you what they are, how they operate, what they offer, how they differ from each other, how to find them, how to find out which one is right for you, and how to proceed if you decide you want to live in one.

            Much more than that, it charts the psychological process one needs to traverse in order to give up the known for the unknown.  Make no mistake, it is an emotional and sometimes scary business to leave one’s familiar home and move into a new community that may, or may not, be as wonderful as the brochures say it is.

            So why do it?  There are excellent reasons, and you will find them all as you read on.  You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), you will learn what pitfalls they might entail and how you can avoid them when you make a choice.  You will find out what to look for, what to steer clear of, what you have a right to expect, how to discriminate among various kinds of contracts, and how to make the transition when you move.

            I wrote this book because when my husband and I became interested in the CCRC concept, in 1995, we had no idea how to get information.  There was nothing in print that told us what we needed to know, and we spent a huge amount of time and money doing it the hard way.  I would have given a great deal for a book like this one.

            Much of the nitty-gritty information—tables, checklists, bibliography, resources, etc.—is in the Appendix at the back of the book.  The heart of the book is the account of the journey—psychological, emotional, and very personal—that my husband and I took to get from our happy home in East Hampton, New York, to a Continuing Care Retirement Community in a suburb of Philadelphia.  It often felt like a journey to Mars.

            Your experience will, of course, be different from ours, but much of it will be similar.  And I hope that at least some of the difference will have been made by the information you find in this book.  I wish you a safe journey, with some fun along the way, and a happy landing.

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Where Should I Live When I Retire?: A Guide to Continuing-Care Communities 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ausonius More than 1 year ago
Before I open a non-fictional, didactic book I assume that its title gives me a reasonable general sense of what to expect. I found this to be true of Bernice Kohn Hunt's 2006 WHERE SHOULD I LIVE WHEN I RETIRE? A GUIDE TO CONTINUING-CARE COMMUNITIES. ***  The same was true in the unfolding of that title in the book's table of contents. This is a book told about her falsely named Kimberly Hills full-service retirement community in a Philadelphia suburb. Its most useful single feature is Appendix A, a checklist of notes you should take on everything from room size to meal quality to croquet court to swimming pool about the service-till-death retirement communities that you are studying and visiting with an eye to moving in. There is perhaps too much of the much-published author's personal prejudices and quirks in the narrative. But on balance this is a good read. -OOO-
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must-have book for anyone looking at options for retirement living, as it covers all the aspects of continuing-care facilities and advises things to look for that you may never have thought of. It¿s a practical, informative guide, written in a lighthearted, readable style. It is also a personal account of the author¿s own search for a CCRC that resonated with me because it addressed so many of the questions, concerns and fears that have been keeping me from moving forward in my retirement decision-making. This guide has laid out a course for me to follow and has given me the impetus to get started. I strongly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is essential for anyone considering moving into a continuing care retirement community. It saved my husband and me from falling into pitfalls that would have been disastous for us. The book, which is clearly written in an engaging manner, tells everything you'll need to know before making the all-important decision that will last the rest of your life. My husband and I followed the guidelines given in the book and are the happiest we have ever been. Thank you Bernice Hunt for this fabulous book.