What is a CCRC?

May 7, 2019

By: Allison Kauffman

If you are approaching retirement and wonder what options exist for you, it can become confusing if you aren’t familiar with the different levels of care. You most likely have heard about nearby retirement communities or nursing homes, but it can be overwhelming knowing what is right for you or a loved one. The majority of people you talk to may tell you they want to live independently at home for as long as possible. Personally, I want that too, but I also want to know if something happens to my parents, they are able to get healthcare quickly and don’t have to travel far to get it.

At Albright Care Services, there are two continuing care retirement communities known as CCRC’s. They are Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community in York and RiverWoods Senior Living Community in Lewisburg. But what is a CCRC?

Both Normandie Ridge and RiverWoods are non-profit, continuing care retirement communities. This type of retirement community is where a continuum of aging care needs can all be met within the community. There are various levels of care that may located on different floors or wings of a building or in apartments, garden cottages or spread out in a campus setting. The emphasis of the CCRC model is to help residents avoid having to move, except to another level of care within the community, if their needs change.

So what are the living options at a CCRC?

Independent Living

(Marquis Home at RiverWoods)

(Garden Cottages at Normandie Ridge)

The Independent Living cottages and apartments are for people over the age of 62, who are looking to simplify and shed the responsibilities of home ownership. Those responsibilities can include mowing the lawn, snow removal, maintenance and repairs and taxes. These folks are healthy and need no supervision or 24-hour care, but are planning for a day when they may need such things. They like the idea of continuum of care, where they have a plan for the future, with an assurance that should they need care in the future, it will be provided to them on campus. Those in Independent Living enjoy on-campus amenities (link) such as restaurants, indoor pool, beauty salon, transportation services, activities, banking and entertainment. A one-time entrance fee is paid when moving in, as well as a monthly maintenance fee.

Personal Care

Personal Care is for those residents who need some assistance with their care. Personal Care residents receive three meals a day along with 24-hour supervision. May residents choose Personal Care because they want to maintain their independence without the additional responsibility of an apartment or home. A resident can live in Personal Care for a specific period of time or a long-term stay, depending on their needs. All residents at Normandie Ridge and RiverWoods have priority admission to the Personal Care center and a resident may transfer between the levels of care as needed. Tammy Speece, Personal Care Administrator at RiverWoods said, “Personal Care is an great option for someone in needs of assistance in a retirement setting because you still have independence to do things you enjoy, but at the same time do not have to worry about what’s for dinner, did I order my medications for the month, or if you’re not feeling well, someone is there to take care of your personal needs.  And, at the same time, you have the security of knowing that someone is checking on you throughout the day and night and if you need more care, you can move through the continuum of care.”

Memory Care

Both Normandie Ridge and RiverWoods have a designated dementia care personal home for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. These units feature programming dedicated to the life enrichment of individuals with memory challenges. The staff is trained to provide programming and assistance to maximize the quality of life for those individuals.

Skilled Nursing Care

 Residents in a nursing care center are provided 24-hour care. Staff consists of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. Support staff includes activities, food services, housekeeping, laundry, social services, chaplain services and maintenance. All residents at Normandie Ridge and RiverWoods have priority admission to the nursing care centers, should the need arise. One can also use this facility for a short or long-term stay, depending on their needs.

Short-Term Rehab

Short-Term Rehab specializes in treating the unique needs of those who are transitioning between the hospital and home and in need of post-acute therapy. Patients can recuperate in a home-like setting with unlimited visiting hours. The main goal is to return patients to their homes, where they resume their lives as independently and actively as possible. At RiverWoods and Normandie Ridge, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary team approach is employed, that places the patient and their family at the center of the treatment plan. A team of therapists are experienced in treating a variety of disorders, both simple or complex. Therapies are customized to address both physical and mental well-being. Patients range from those who have sustained lifestyle alterations (such as strokes, neurological disorders, amputations, joint replacements and fractures) to individuals who have experienced exacerbations of chronic illness (such as respiratory disorders or arthritis. Those who become debilitated due to a long hospitalization are also treated in Short-Term rehab. Physical, occupational and speech therapists work with nurses to treat the patients based on their individual needs.


With a variety of care levels, a CCRC can meet the needs of all retiring individuals. To learn more, potential residents are encouraged to email Melanie Falk at Normandie Ridge at Melanie.Falk@AlbrightCare.org or Tammy Speece at RiverWoods at Tammy.Speece@AlbrightCare.org.