Continuing Care Retirement Communities are retirement communities with accommodations for independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care, offering residents a continuum of care. A person can spend the rest of his life in a CCRC, moving between levels of care as needed.
CCRCs generally are privately owned and are operated by a business organization or corporation. The actual business structure may be very complex, but the contractual arrangement between a CCRC and its residents is always based on the types of care, services and housing that the resident desires and the CCRC provides. Government regulation of CCRCs is largely based on state law and may vary from state to state which is important to remember if you’re considering taking up residence in a CCRC. The state’s Office for Aging or State Housing Authority where you live or plan to relocate can be a valuable source of information
Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly serve persons 60 and older. They provide room, board, housekeeping, supervision, and personal care assistance with basic activities like personal hygiene, dressing, eating, and walking. Facilities usually centrally store and distribute medications for residents to self-administer. This level of care and supervision is for people who are unable to live by themselves but who do not need 24 hour nursing care. They are considered non-medical facilities and are not required to have nurses, certified nursing assistants or doctors on staff.
1450 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Centrally located in San Francisco, this tall, stately building offers condominiums for sale and is a licensed RCFE where you pay an inclusive monthly fee for meals and services. The condos are in a variety of floorplans – junior, one and two bedrooms . Many have balconies, views and custom upgrades. There are other amenities as well like a fitness center, cinema, wellness center, private dining room, library and art studio, to name a few.
4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
This reminds me of a smaller Ahwahnee Hotel because of the architectural style and the beautiful views of the surrounding hillside. The main restaurant is very dramatic with its pitched ceiling and large windows with views of Oak trees. This is the first LGBT senior development that offers in-home continued care services tailored to meet the health needs of the residents.
The Heritage on the Marina
3400 Laguna St., San Francisco, CA 94123
Designed by Julia Morgan, this beautiful property is located across the street from the Marina Green and a short walk to the San Francisco Bay. Chestnut Street, with all of its shopping and restaurants, is a few blocks away. This is a CCRC.
The Lake Merritt
Ideally located on Lake Merritt in Oakland, this 1920s Art Deco/Mediterranean building houses those seniors who choose to live independently who desire access to educational events, speaker series, cultural outings and exercising around the stunning lake. Excellent food and stunning views are provided from the Terrace Room restaurant that is open to the public. The units are spacious because originally, the property was designed for long-term stays, known as “trunk” hotels during that time. The building has been extensively renovated so residents can enjoy remodeled kitchens with the charm of another era. Included are private scheduled transportation, gym with personal trainer, library, spa, media room, and home care partner office in the community.
The Moldaw Residences
899 East Charleston Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303
This recently constructed CCRC is integrated into the community by sharing space with the JCC’s gym, preschool, café and cultural center that has world-renowned speakers and entertainers. The housing has a modern look and feel with beautiful outlooks to the landscaped courtyards.
Santa Rosa, California
This is an adult only, 55+ community located off of Highway 12 in a rural setting of rolling hills and vineyards. There are 5000 plus homes that first started getting built about 50 years ago. Two golf courses, several clubhouses, pools, tennis courts and constant activities are available for the residents. No need to own a car here because a bus circles the community constantly or use a golf cart to get around! It is its own city with a fire department, grocery store and many other retail services.
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street, San Francisco, California
Rhoda Goldman Plaza is a vibrant community for independent to assisted living as well as services for memory care. The organization offers an intellectually and culturally stimulating schedule of events, excellent food and a high-level of service. Well located in the middle of San Francisco, parks, museums and theater are nearby.
Walnut Creek, California
A 55+ community located in Tice Valley, Rossmoor feels like you’re miles away from nowhere but actually, San Francisco is short drive away. Over 9000 people live here in 6000 homes with golf courses, tennis courts, pools, club houses for socializing and plenty of clubs for all sorts of hobbies. Homes range from apartments to condos to townhomes and private homes.
The San Francisco Towers
1661 Pine St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Stunning entry way, elegant library, formal dining and a rooftop lounge are all a part of this high-end CCRC. Close to everything, the residents enjoy all the City has to offer plus an active schedule of events provided by their community.
1400 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94109
Centrally located near shopping, restaurants and public transportation in Pacific Heights, this community has a seven-story atrium in its center for social gatherings, lectures and dining. Residents have opportunities to enjoy tremendous views of the City and relax in the one of the many landscaped gardens. This CCRC has an active senior community involved in the arts, discussion groups and education. There are 270 apartments, 18 assisted living rooms and memory care for 19 residents. Private rooms for skilled nursing is also available.
The Terraces at Los Altos
373 Pine Lane, Los Altos, CA 94022
Located in a quiet residential area, this low-rise building has created “neighborhoods” so that groups of residents have easier access to their neighbors, dining and living rooms and outdoor space. Very intimate community with comfortable and modern accommodations. This is a CCRC with a memory care facility.
The Vintage Coventry
1550 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Independent and Assisted Living together with memory care facilities are provided in this Japantown location. Live comfortably in a recently remodeled facility. Monthly rent includes a range of services and additional health needs are paid separately when needed.