Why Couples Are Often Happier Living at a CCRC

Retirement with your partner is an exciting new chapter. You have more time to do the things you love with the person you love as well as to pursue those personal passions you may have put aside while you built a career and/or raised a family. While retirement brings new opportunities, it also comes with challenges. You and your partner might struggle to fill all your extra time and keep your mind stimulated, find it challenging to maintain your home, and face new medical conditions. Thankfully, there are options that can provide you with all the right tools to enjoy retirement together, to its fullest extent.

You’ll have the opportunity to live an active and fun retirement in a Life Plan Community, also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) while also ensuring all your needs are met. While leaving the home you’ve lived in, and even raised a family in, can be tricky, transitioning into a CCRC sooner rather than later will eliminate many of the stresses you might face if you wait.

Fewer Household Chores

Once you move into a CCRC, you’ll enjoy freedom from all the hassles of staying in your current home. Some of these things might be obvious – like not having to cook each meal, clean your home, or change a lightbulb. Other conveniences may come as a pleasant surprise – like not having to mow the lawn or shovel snow, handle home maintenance, or track down a reliable plumber or handyman. When you move into a CCRC, the courteous and well-vetted staff take on many responsibilities you and your partner have been handling.

Lock-and-Leave Lifestyle

When you move into your independent living residence, you’ll be able to come and go from the campus as you please. With your newfound time, you can visit out-of-town family, stop by your favorite shops, or take the vacation(s) you’ve always dreamed about. With 24/7 campus security, a mailroom handling your letters and packages, and even housekeeping stopping by to ensure your apartment is clean and ready for your return, you won’t have to worry about leaving your home for days or weeks to travel.

All The Support You’ll Ever Need

CCRCs have professional teams ready to assist you in any way they can. Some staff act as concierges and can assist in planning events and outings, while others are there to help you with physical and mental fitness. In addition to a great staff, you and your partner can make new friends with other residents. You’ll be able to meet other singles or couples and find new friends who share common interests.

Opportunities To Embrace Independence

While a CCRC is a great place to enjoy retirement with your partner, it’s also the perfect environment to be independent of each other. While CCRCs offer you and your partner many activities that can be done together, you won’t have to rely on them as your only companion for all the activities available on campus. If there’s an activity or event your partner isn’t excited about, you can go with a new friend or go alone and meet someone new!

If you decide to stay in your current home, it can be more challenging to find senior-focused, low-cost events. You also might feel less inclined to leave your partner at home while you go out with friends, as he/she might be more dependent on you for social interaction. But in a CCRC, events and activities are just outside your door and included in your monthly fee. The campus makes staying active and social easier because activities and events are more accessible, and you’ll get to pick and choose only what interests you.

Less Stress Over Medical Care

Alongside all the experiences and ease of living at a CCRC, you’ll have proper medical care available if you or your partner need it. CCRCs have on-campus care providers ready to assist you with your medical needs, whether it be a short-term injury like a fall or muscle strain or more long-term issues that can occur as you age. In a CCRC, as your care needs change, you can stay comfortably in your own residence or move within the same campus.

If you stay in your current home, you risk losing time with your partner if one of you must move away into a standalone assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing facility. Moving into a CCRC with your partner before your needs change prevents a stressful move or having to separate from your partner at one of the greatest times of need, to be together.

If you and your partner are looking into your options for living an independent, active, and healthy retirement, consider a CCRC. You’ll experience a maintenance-free home on an energetic and social campus with an experienced support team. CCRCs support your retirement socially, physically, mentally, and spiritually so you can focus on enjoying your retirement to its fullest with your partner.


The Ormsby understands the importance of aging happily with your partner and provides a great lifestyle with the peace of mind of future support. To learn more about all The Ormsby offers for you and your loved one, visit their website or call 1-859-330-1490.

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