Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Welcome to the most complete directory of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) available on the Internet.

This directory identifies more than 2,000 CCRCs, including approximately 300 that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) — an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits health and human services. (The former Continuing Care Accreditation Commission is now part of this organization.)

The directory is searchable by state and city or county. To view an example of search results for Richmond, Virginia, click here.


Continuing Care Retirement Communities generally combine at least three levels of care — independent living, assisted living and nursing care in a single setting. An increasing number are also offering Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Traditionally, such communities have required a sizable entry fee, plus monthly maintenance fees, in exchange for a living unit, meals, and health care coverage, up to the nursing home level. In recent years some communities have begun to offer their services on a month to month rental basis with health care coverage being paid for at the time of need rather than on the basis of the coverage afforded by the traditional entry fee or “life care” endowment.

A variation on the typical CCRC community is the “life care” community. It provides guaranteed health care coverage for life — no exceptions. It also guarantees that if the resident’s resources become exhausted they would not lose their residence or their benefits. In these cases they have to be subsidized by the retirement community. The retirement community has to have a nursing facility within the community itself.

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