It’s not uncommon for older adults to turn around one day and realize that their old house has just become too big and too much work for their liking. Unfortunately, leaving your home of many years can be a very difficult and emotional decision. For those who decide it’s time to downsize and make a move, there is a silver lining – there are many wonderful options available at Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s) in Lancaster County. With all the options available, it’s hard to know where to start looking; but one thing to consider is whether or not the community is for-profit or non-profit.

What distinguishes a non-profit retirement community from a for-profit community? Non-profits share the common traits of being faith-based, fraternal or community-sponsored. They practice a philosophy that’s based upon a ministry of caring and treating each Resident as a respected member of their community family. Many have been an integral part of their communities for decades.

LeadingAgePA is a state-wide organization established to provide education and a voice of advocacy for not-for-profit long term care providers. In a recent article about the benefits of non-profit senior care, they explained that “community-based volunteer boards of trustees donate their time and talents to ensure that the organization’s approach to serving and caring for older people is responsible and responsive to local needs. While every organization must cover costs in order to continue operating, non-profit communities turn any surplus income back into improving facilities or expanding services, ultimately to benefit the Residents or clients themselves. Fundraising and active volunteer programs also help to subsidize quality care and ensure ongoing community involvement and interaction with Residents.”

St. Anne’s Retirement Community, just west of Lancaster, is a non-profit CCRC that recently received a 5-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. St. Anne’s Mission statement proclaims their dedication to the Core Values of Reverence, Respect, Community, Excellence, Just Stewardship and Spirituality. For over 85 years, the staff at St. Anne’s has strived to ensure the highest quality of life for each Resident, while serving a greater purpose with their vocation. “We try to be Resident-centered,” says Sharon Nolt, the Administrator of Healthcare at St. Anne’s.

So, when you start researching a move to a CCRC for yourself or a loved one, consider the not-for-profit difference! Non-Profit Retirement Communities (including St. Anne’s Retirement Community), stand ready with a commitment to caring that’s rooted in community and a long-standing mission to serve.

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