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    Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)

    These retirement communities allow seniors to "age in place," with flexible accommodations that are designed to meet their health and housing needs as these needs change over time.

    Residents entering continuing care retirement communities sign a long-term contract that provides for housing services and nursing care, usually all in one location, enabling seniors to remain in a familiar setting as they grow older.

    Many seniors enter into a Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) contract while they are healthy and active, knowing they will be able to stay in the same community and receive nursing care should this become necessary.

    Continuing care retirement communities offer service and housing packages that parallel independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Seniors who are independent may live in a single-family home, apartment or condominium within the continuing care retirement community.

    If they begin to need help with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing, dressing, eating, etc.); they may be transferred to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility on the same site.

    Seniors who choose to live in a continuing care retirement community find it reassuring that their long-term care needs will be met without the need to relocate.

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Are Your Style If …

    You don't want to have to move around every few years. You might not need the extra help now, but who can predict the future?

    With this senior housing option, you can enter into a contract that assures you that your care will grow and change with your needs.

    A CCRC is a great example of aging in place, since it lets you stay put!

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities Checklist Of Things To Consider

    • How is the staff? You want one that will be there when you need them, but leave you alone when you don't.
    • How do the other residents like it? Don't be scared to ask one, or have a resident as your tour guide.
    • What plans are in place for the changing needs of residents?
    • Are the common areas comfortable and well maintained?

    Cost Of Continuing Care Retirement Communities

    CCRC's can vary in both cost structure and their schedule of fees. Some require a sizeable endowment and have a schedule of minimum monthly fees while others require less of an upfront investment with heftier monthly fees based on the care level needed.

    Some properties sell their "active section" as deeded real estate which the property buys back in the event a resident develops a need for more care.

    The best way to understand the varying degrees of financial commitment is to call the retirement community you are interested in.

    Introduction to Lynchburg, Virginia and Surrounding Areas

    Lynchburg is an independent city (meaning a city not belonging to a county) located in central Virginia, near the cities of Roanoke, Danville, and Charlottesville. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is situated approximately 180 miles southwest of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Principal highways in the city include U.S. Route 29, 221, 460, and 501.

    Incorporated as a town in 1805 and as a city in 1852, Lynchburg got its name from its founder, John Lynch, who was granted a charter in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly for a town on 45 acres of his own land. The 19th century saw prosperity for Lynchburg, a center of manufacturing and commerce whose principal industry was tobacco. The onset of the 20th century brought a change in Lynchburg's economic base from tobacco to manufacturing. A large number of factories opened, many of which remained cornerstones of the economy for many years, allowing the city to grow and diversify. Colleges, libraries, and housing developments slowly populated the town over the years, to the point where today's Lynchburg is a vibrant community with a strong industrial base and is a regional center for retail and commerce.

    Known as the "City of Seven Hills" (College Hill, Garland Hill, Daniel's Hill, Federal Hill, Diamond Hill, White Rock Hill, and Franklin Hill), Lynchburg was frequented often by Thomas Jefferson, who maintained a nearby residence (Poplar Forest). The city is home to several colleges and universities, including Liberty University, established in the 1980s as Liberty Baptist College by televangelist and Lynchburg resident Jerry Falwell.

    Lynchburg Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

    Lynchburg's rich history and unspoiled beauty make it a natural setting for a wealth of historical landmarks, cultural events, and recreational activities. Some of the more prominent are as follows:

    • Academy of Fine Arts: Houses both an active studio theatre and an historic theatre undergoing renovation
    • Amazement Square, The Rightmire Children's Museum: Four spacious floors of interactive exhibitions, workshops and educational programs
    • Anne Spencer House and Garden: Honoring the internationally acclaimed poet who was the only black woman and the only Virginian included in the Norton Anthology of Modern American and British Poetry
    • Daura Gallery Museum: More than 1,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints
    • Legacy Museum of African-American History: Explores all aspects of local African American history and culture
    • Liberty University Theater: Located on Liberty University's main campus
    • Lynchburg Museum/Old Court House
    • Maier Museum of Art
    • Miller Claytor House
    • Old City Cemetery
    • Sandusky Historic Site & Civil War Museum
    • South River Meeting House
    • The James River Heritage Trail

    Although Virginia does not have a major league sports team, the city of Lynchburg is rich in baseball history. Minor League professional baseball has existed here since 1894, when the Lynchburg Hill Climbers brought baseball to the city. The team, which played in the Virginia League until the league disappeared in 1943, underwent some name changes during that time, becoming the Shoemakers, then the Grays, then the Senators. The team moved to the Piedmont League in 1943 and remained there until 1955 as the Lynchburg Cardinals. After a few more league changes and name changes, the team settled down in 1995 as the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League, where they remain to this day. The Hillcats are a class High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.