Find Continuing Care in Georgia

Continuing care retirement communities are retirement communities with accommodations for independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care, offering residents a continuum of care. The communities ensure a dignified place for your or your senior to stay. Depending on your location and specific needs your options may vary.


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Recreation and Attractions in Georgia

Seniors can enjoy the lovely outdoor air in places like Piedmont Park, or take a stroll through the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the afternoon. Community events held year-round such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Festival or the Dogwood Festival, provide residents with an abundance of activities.

Georgia's Climate, Geography, and Culture

Georgia is a quintessential state of the American South, bursting at the seams with historical landmarks and internationally renowned museums. Southern hospitality is abundant in the Peach State, so expect to feel right at home as you explore the area. The temperature's vary depending on the time of year with summer's getting hot and sticky, and winter remaining relatively mild.

Georgia's CCRC Laws and Regulations

These types of rules and regulations are put in place to ensure that CCRC's are abiding by U.S. laws and are not taking advantage of patients. A full list of laws can be found at the here. It will detail the quality of care required, the payment methods, and estimated cost among other things. If something seems unclear, feel free to contact a legal aid to explain any confusion.

Crime and Safety in Georgia

Although the Southern charm of Georgia is certainly alluring, you’re going to want to make sure that your CCRC is in a safe and conscientious community. Georgia’s rates of violent and property crimes are similar to the national average, with slightly less crime than the rest of the U.S. per square mile. 

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Johns Creek.527.71
Flowery Branch011.9

Payment and Costs for CCRCs in Georgia

The payment plans will differ at each CCRC, however, large entrance fees are to be expected and can range anywhere from $30,000 to $500,000 and even up to $1 million at a single time depending on your contract and location. The national average cost of an entrance fee based on the most recent data is $248,000, and this price is expected to continue to fluctuate based on local housing prices. 

The difference in prices is largely a result of the type of contract residents enter into, as well as their individual health care costs and possible Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

  1. Extensive Contracts – Guarantee a lifetime of housing and care at any and all levels provided by the community. They include monthly fees in exchange for a wide range of services. Because there is a relatively lower degree of risk, the upfront costs are much higher.
    1. Entry Fee: $160,000 - $600,000
    2. Monthly Fee: $2,500 - $5,400
  2. Modified Contracts – Modified contracts only extended to a set number of days. After exceeding this limit, services are paid for out of pocket by the resident. Monthly fees are also still charged at an ongoing rate.
    1. Entry Fee: $80,000 - $750,000
    2. Monthly Fee: $1,500 - $2,500
  3. Fee-For-Service Contracts – Residents only pay for the services they currently use, however, are not safeguarded from any future changes in pricing or service availability. Most of the financial burden is borne by the resident, depending on Medicare or Medicaid eligibility. These are considered to be the contracts with the highest risk, even though their upfront costs are the lowest.
    1. Entry Fee: $100,000 - $500,000
    2. Monthly Fee: $1,300 - $4,300
  4. Rental Agreements – Allow residents the ability to rent a housing unit on a monthly or annual basis. This type of contract does not guarantee access to health care on a fee-for-service basis, unlike other agreements.
    1. Entry Fee: $1,800 - $30,000
    2. Monthly Fee: $900 - $10,700
  5. Equity Agreements – Shares of the community or association are afforded to individuals by the transferal of actual home, condominium, or townhome ownership within the CCRC. Healthcare services can still be purchased for additional fees. Through an equity agreement, the property’s appreciation benefits the individual or their estate as specified by the terms of the contract. This type of agreement relies heavily on the fluctuations of real estate in the area. 

From a Report by The U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Senior and Elderly Rights For Continuing Care in Georgia

Entering a Georgia CCRC doesn’t mean your freedoms and rights are left behind. Residents have the right to manage their personal finances and property. Additionally, all services provided and a description of your rights within each particular CCRC are to be displayed and understood upon entering into your continuing care contract.  Although CCRCs are the most expensive senior care option available, they are ideal for people who would like to remain independent and age in place. Coupled with Georgia’s Southern charm and warmth, your move to a CCRC can be the perfect chance to retire comfortably.

GA Continued Care: Medical Record Rules and Regulations

Residents receiving any type of medical attention in Georgia are entitled to a comprehensive and accurate record of their diagnosis and treatment. State and federal laws provide that residents have access to their records and health information, as well as the right to know when disclosures have been made. Otherwise, these records are to remain confidential for up to 10 years and can be accessed by submitting a request and providing a small fee. Unfortunately, if an applicant is deemed too frail then they will be denied admittance into a CCRC.

Finding the perfect senior care community is only part of making your loved one’s senior living transition smooth. At SeniorCaring, we know that it is also equally important to be aware of what other community services and resources are available to your family’s senior. Choose your location and find local resources for your senior.