Assisted Living

The future of retirement care: the Green House model

This is the 40th and final column in a series of articles intended to demystify retirement living options. Due to reader interest, I will publish these 40 columns as a collection in a paperback book, and will announce its availability as soon as it is ready.

What do you think of when you hear the term "green house?" A glass building intended to house tender plants? A home that is a model of energy efficiency, perhaps producing as much power as it uses?

Get ready for a third meaning.

Does it make sense to consider a move to Assisted Living?

In 1999, Mildred and her husband, George, moved into a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) that I'll call Pine Lakes. CCRCs offer a range of living options. People typically can live in apartments, in Assisted Living, or in Skilled Nursing.

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