Frequently Asked Questions
Continuing Care Retirement Communities throughout Lancaster County have partnered to offer an annual open house to make it easy for individuals to visit multiple communities in one day without having to schedule appointments. Many people enjoy bringing family members and friends to see the communities, talk with staff and visit with residents. It’s the perfect way to casually check out the places that interest you the most. After the event, we encourage you to set up appointments at communities you would like to visit again, so that you can receive the personalized attention you deserve in selecting the location that is the best fit for you!
What is a CCRC?
A CCRC Life Plan Community is a continuing care retirement community. In other words, it is a place where you can move to as you reach retirement and get additional care if your needs change during your stay there. Typically, most people move into residential living options and then transition to a building or apartment that offers more medical care within the same community.
Some CCRCs provide personal care, rehabilitation care, and skilled nursing options. Others may have in-home health services or assisted living options for those who require more attention at the care facility.
How can I visit several communities at once and decide which I like best?
Continuing Care Retirement Communities throughout Lancaster County have partnered to offer an annual open house to make it easy for individuals to visit multiple communities in one day without having to schedule appointments. Many people enjoy bringing family members and friends to see the neighborhoods, talk with staff and visit with residents to ask questions about their personal experiences.
It’s the perfect way to check out the places that interest you in a casual, informal setting. After the event, we encourage you to set up appointments at communities you would like to visit again to receive the personalized attention you deserve in selecting the location that is the best fit for you!
How old do I have to be to move to a community?
The answer to this question varies depending on each community, but usually, the youngest residents are between 55-65 years of age. If you are younger than the required age for moving in, there is no harm in planning or scoping out possible retirement locations now or looking for other family members who may meet the age requirements!
Are meals included if I move into a community?
You will find that most of the senior living communities in Lancaster, PA, offer some type of meal plan. Some are an additional cost, and others are a part of the care facility’s monthly fee. Check with each community for specific details on their meal plan offerings.
Why do I need to pay an entrance fee?
The entrance fee is a lump sum of money that you use to purchase a life lease on your home in the community. Some communities offer different refundable entrance fee options, and some also have rentals.
What does it normally cost to move into a retirement community?
For CCRCs in Lancaster County, entrance fees can range from $24,000 for a studio/efficiency apartment up to $497,000 for a three-bedroom townhome. Some of these communities offer refund plans or other compensation methods if you move out of the community. Discuss any questions you may have about the costs of moving into a community when exploring your options!
What do I get for my monthly fee?
Although it may vary somewhat from one community to the next, most monthly service fees include utilities, water, sewer, trash removal, security, opportunities for social engagement, home maintenance, grounds upkeep, lawn care, and snow removal. These are in addition to the cost of keeping up the home or apartment in which you are living.
If you live in a personal care, skilled nursing, or rehabilitative care facility, you may be paying a daily fee that includes the cost of providing care. Again, please check with each community for specific details about their fees and what’s covered monthly versus daily.
What happens if I run out of money?
Sometimes, we outlive the means we have acquired during our lifetimes to afford our retirement years. Because many of the CCRCs in Lancaster, PA, are non-profit, they may have options for residents who can no longer afford their stay.
Most communities have provisions if you experience financial hardship or outlive your financial resources. Please speak with the communities you are interested in to discuss what would happen in your specific case if you were to run out of money while living there.
Do you offer transportation?
Communities frequently offer scheduled transportation to local shopping centers, doctor’s offices, grocery stores, and entertainment venues. Depending on the community, they may also provide on-demand transportation options.
What happens if I can no longer live in my own home and care for myself?
The ability to move through the continuum of care offered in the community you live in is one of the most significant advantages of planning and moving to a community while still being independent. Expertly trained team members are available to help you through the process of transitioning to an area where you can access more care as needed
How do I find out more about living in one of the senior living communities in Lancaster, PA?
If you want more information about the different locations, start by visiting the websites of the different CCRCs in Lancaster, PA. You can find links to their websites by visiting our Community page. If you like to learn more in person, attending the annual Explore Retirement Living Open House may be a good opportunity for you. Finally, consider scheduling an individual visit to the senior living communities in Lancaster, PA, that interest you most after researching online and in person.
Open House Frequenlty Asked Questions
Join us for our Annual Open House on October 15th, 2022, 10am to 4pm. The 17 participating non-profit life plan communities will all open their doors to showcase the wide variety of homes and services that each campus offers. See frequently asked questions below.
Please do not come if you aren’t feeling well, have any possible COVID-19 symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headaches, etc.), have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 7 days, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Please note that some communities will require you to complete a COVID screener and/or wear a mask for the safety of their residents, their employees and all visitors. We ask you to be respectful of their requirements.
Which communities are open?
Do I need to RSVP?
No. RSVPs are not required.
Is transportation available between communities during ERL?
No. You will need to drive between the different communities.
Can I get to all the communities in one day?
No. It is not possible to see all the communities in one day. We suggest selecting a 2-4 that you’d like to see so you get a taste of what the different communities are offering. You can then schedule appointments at the other communities or see different communities at next year’s Explore Retirement Living Event.
Will I be able to sit down with someone for a detailed discussions?
Explore Retirement Living is a great way to check out the places that interest you in a casual, informal setting. There are folks available to answer quick questions and provide information. After the event, we encourage you to set up appointments at communities you would like to visit again to receive the personalized attention you deserve in selecting the location that is the best fit for you!
Is much walking involved/should I bring my walker?
The communities open during Explore Retirement Living are all different. Some are smaller, others larger. Some may have campus shuttles to help you see different areas. As most folks are seeing 2-3 communities, we greatly encourage you to bring items that might make your visit more comfortable and less tiring.
Where can I stay overnight?
There are many great hotels in the Lancaster County area. Many that offer senior discounts. Here is a list of some of the great places to stay.
What all is there to do in Lancaster County?
What is a Life Plan or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), also known as a Life Plan Community, is a place where you can move to as you reach retirement and get additional care if your needs change during your stay there. Typically, most people move into residential living options and then transition to an area that that offers more support within the same community.
This additional support includes personal care, rehabilitation care, and skilled nursing options. Some communities may also offer in-home health services, adult day or assisted living options.
May I bring friends or family members?
Yes, please bring friends and family.