A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), or life-care-community, is simply a community that offers several different senior living options or care levels all in one location, plus a guarantee of care for the rest of your life. The benefit of this tiered approach is that it allows you to remain in the same community even if you need more care in the future. For example, if you move into an independent living apartment in a CCRC, but then later need help with bathing and taking your medicines, you can typically transition to assisted living within the same community. Likewise, if you move to assisted living, but reach a point where you require skilled nursing care, you can usually stay in the same community. While you may need to relocate to a different unit or area in the community as you require more care, a CCRC lets you can stay fairly close to your spouse, partner and friends who live in the same community.