Holistic Living in Life Plan Communities

Foreword

Fred Herb has written a book that has been long needed. You, yourself, may be considering moving to a Life Plan Community, an alternative term for what was long known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), or you may be a child with aging parents wondering if your parents would be happier with a more communal lifestyle.

If you have any interest in the possibility of living together with others in an engaged life setting, then this is the book for you. Mr. Herb has exhaustively considered all aspects of communal life from how to start, to what questions to ask, to how to get acquainted after move-in. A decision to uproot and move into such a community is not one to be taken lightly. Fred Herb, here, in this well- written, well-organized book provides a guide to accompany you through all the steps involved.

Speaking for myself, I share Mr. Herb’s delight in his decision to move to a life plan community and to do so while still young. My wife and I did the same, Mr. Herb and his wife in Seattle, my wife and I in a beachfront community in Carlsbad, California. There are major ad- vantages to making the move early, not least of which is the financial advantage of spreading the fixed move-in cost over a much longer period.

It’s evident here that Fred Herb has a passion for the English language.   He presents complex matters    with

practical clarity. Moreover, Mr. Herb as a resident him- self approaches his subject from the buyer’s perspective in a world in which most information is sales oriented. He is not selling a product; he is explaining a choice that for many eases the transitional challenges of aging.

There is but one nationwide organization of life plan community residents, the National Continuing Care Res- idents Association (NaCCRA), which advocates empowerment, respect, and financial security for such residents. Mr. Herb’s perspective reflects NaCCRA’s core values.

It is an act of admirable responsibility, and thoughtful planning, to take the first step toward exploring the con- tinuing care living concept. By moving to such a community while still young, vital, and engaged in the larger world, life plan community residents assure that they will not burden others and that they can provide for their own aging.

If you wish you could have a knowledgeable friend to help you to consider this attractive approach to aging, then you have found that friend here in Fred Herb, the author of the book you now hold in your hands. Not only will he guide you in your search, he will still be here within the pages of this book to help you make the ad- justment to the new world of living possibilities that awaits you.

Jack Cumming

NaCCRA Research Director

 

About the Author

Writing a book on a retirement facility is subjective as well as factual. My slant on the information that I convey here is influenced by my personal experience. My wife and I live as independent residents in Mirabella- Seattle, a life plan community. We have been active in the resident association and its committees.We have previously held offices on a condominium board.

In selecting a life plan community as our final home, we were greatly influenced by our experience of being care providers for our elderly parents and a cousin with Alzheimer’s disease. My parents were active and appeared to be healthy into their mid-eighties. Then calamity struck, with my father suffering a stoke, followed by discovering that my mother had dementia,that my father had successfully covered up. This started a lengthy progression of moves for my parents,beginning with light assisted living and ending in skilled nursing care. I tried to convince them to move into a community, but my mother was over- whelmed by its immensity and refused. My mother was in five different care facilities prior to her death at age ninety-five.

From our experience in caring for our parents and a cousin, the offering of a continuum of care facility was very appealing. Further, we wished to make our own choice and not burden our children.

The abundance of social and wellness activities along with the opportunity to enter a new community influenced our entry at a younger age than most community residents.

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