By: David Ratchford, President & CEO of Spectrum Consultants, Inc.
During my 38 years in the senior living industry, I have talked with thousands of individuals and couples who are considering moving to a community, and the #1 initial response is still the same: “I’m not ready yet.” Interestingly, or perhaps ironically, the #1 comment from people AFTER a move is: “I wish I had moved much sooner.” In fact, as is documented by our consumer, most people say they wished they had moved five years earlier. So, what do people know after the move that they did not know earlier in the process? What causes this dis-connect regarding the timing of a move?
For approximately 35 years, the senior living industry has used the term “Continuing Care Retirement Community” or “CCRC” to describe itself, which has given the marketplace a misleading impression of what communities actually are.
For the sake of describing the type of community you may consider moving to one day, let’s update the paradigm from a “retirement community” to a “Life Plan Community” that enriches and enhances your way of life. These communities allow “planning” and “lifestyle” to merge. Listed below are some benefits / advantages of moving to the right community sooner, rather than later:
Of course, the first step is researching the options and creating a plan. There are many options available to support aging well. I recommend the following:
Go ahead, tweak your thinking.Try shifting your paradigm. Do your homework and develop your own plan. You may be surprised what you learn in the process! Enjoy the journey.
Since 1978, Spectrum has been a nationally recognized consulting firm enabling senior living communities to reach their highest potential by building value, filling residences, and delighting residents. www.SpectrumConsults.com