Retirement Communities vs Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

To request an information kit about Lasell Village, please call (617) 663-7044.

When it comes to choosing a retirement community, the first choice you need to make is which type of retirement community you prefer.

The definition of “retirement community” is broad, ranging from retirement communities that are merely real estate developments with age restrictions to continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) that offer a full range of services and care.

A common comparison, however, is between retirement communities that offer services (also referred to as “independent living”) and continuing care retirement communities (also referred to as “lifecare communities”).


Independent Living Retirement Communities
The vast majority of retirement communities across the U.S. are based on independent living models. You choose your residence, and then you typically have access to meals, community activities, transportation, and other services. Some of these retirement communities might also have assisted living options, memory care, and even skilled nursing care on-site.

Generally, in independent living retirement communities, you’ll pay a deposit or a small entrance fee and then a monthly fee, based on your type of residence and the services you use. However, the fee rises steeply if you need assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing. And if those aren’t available on-site, then you might have to move to a different facility to get the level of care and support you need.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)
Continuing care retirement communities are less commonplace, but are rapidly becoming the preferred choice for many people. They offer the option of truly “aging in place” – with independent living, supportive living, skilled nursing, and even hospice care available within the same community.

As a requirement of most continuing care retirement communities, you’ll start out in independent living. But you have the peace of mind that if you need additional support and care, you’ll be able to receive it – in the same building or within the same community.

Generally, in continuing care retirement communities, you’ll pay a significant entrance fee (some or all of which might be returned when you move or pass away) and then a monthly fee.

Lasell Village – A Continuing Care Retirement Community Like No Other
Lasell Village is unique in that we’re a continuing care retirement community and a university-based retirement community (UBRC). Located on the 13-acre campus of Lasell University, we’re a community of lifelong learners. All of our residents commit to a minimum of 450 hours per year of learning and fitness and also have the opportunity to enroll in courses at Lasell University.

We have 182 independent living apartments (1-bedrooms and 2-bedrooms, with and without dens), as well as supported living (through Lasell Studios) and skilled nursing care (through Lasell House).

For more information about Lasell Village, or to request an information kit, please call (617) 663-7044.

Please note: Lasell Village is located just 11 miles from downtown Boston, in Newton, Massachusetts. A pet friendly retirement community, we welcome dogs and cats.

“My husband and I have been residents at Lasell Village for three years and constantly tell everyone how happy we are to have made the decision to make the Village our home. The residents value the intellectual environment that exists through discussions and classes that we take. The Village is a very friendly and casual place to live.”

—Saundra E
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