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Depending on your location and specific needs your options may vary. Since many sponsors of CCRCs include religious, fraternal and community organizations, and other companies involved with developing these retirement communities, they often imbue their philosophies and ideals within the communities. Continuing care retirement communities are retirement communities with accommodations for independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care, offering residents a continuum of care. The communities ensure a dignified place for your or your senior to stay.
Although there is no overarching federal agency that regulates retirement communities, the private non-profit organization CARF-CCAC provides a voluntary process for individual CCRCs to become accredited.
Today residents and visitors can visit the historic Mount Vernon or Jefferson Hotel for some marvelous architecture and tours. Virginia is also famous for its state parks, which are continually rated as some of the best in the nation. Year round, Virginia hosts many different types of festivals and events to fit just about any range of interests. No matter what, there is always something new to experience while living in a Virginia continuing care retirement community.
Virginia is regarded as the birthplace of the United States with the first European colony of Jamestown formed in 1607. Notable American figures hail from Virginia such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
However, before European contact, many Native American tribes flourished in the region for over 12,000 years. Indigenous peoples adhered to three main language families: The Algonquian, Iroquoian, and Siouan. Along the coast lived the powerful Powhatan Chiefdom estimated to have included over 15,000 people during the time of European colonization.
Temperatures in Virginia remain relatively mild in each season with summers getting more humid than most states.
Continuing care services in Virginia are subject to a list of rules, regulations, and laws that can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website. These regulations will set your mind at ease knowing that these CCRCs are in the best possible shape.
Crime in Virginia is lower than the national average in terms of both violent crime and property crime. There are also only 20 crimes per square mile compared to the national median of 32.8. Choosing a safe community cannot only put your mind at ease but will also ensure your care is as effective and wholesome as it can be. Below are some of the safest cities and towns found throughout Virginia.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Purcellville .11 4.48 Lexington .82 12.58 Vienna .49 9.96
The difference in prices is largely a result of the type of contract residents enter into, as well as their individual health care costs and possible Medicare or Medicaid coverage.
From a Report by The U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Entering a Virginia CCRC doesn’t mean your US rights are left behind. Federal and state laws guarantee that your freedoms, privacy, and ability to act autonomously are preserved while receiving care at the community's various levels. Residents have the right to manage their personal and financial affairs and air grievances. Additionally, all services provided and a description of your rights within each particular CCRC are to be displayed and understood upon entering into your continuing care contract. If these rights are violated, don’t hesitate to contact a legal advisor familiar with senior law. Coupled with Virginia’s diverse attractions and high-quality communities, your move to a CCRC can be the perfect chance to retire comfortably.
Most CCRCs will require applicants to submit medical records and health screenings when applying. Many times an applicant’s health records are required in tandem with physical examination given by a physician selected by the particular CCRC. Unfortunately, it is common for applicants with frailties and those older than 80 years of age to be denied admission, especially if their pre-existing medical conditions are excluded from the health care coverage to be provided. Residents receiving care are entitled to a full assessment of health and will have access to these records at any time. Otherwise, these records are to remain confidential for up to 7 years and can be accessed by submitting a request and providing a small fee.