The Washington State Continuing Care Residents Association (WACCRA) works to educate, collaborate and advocate on federal and state issues affecting Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) residents and other seniors. In addition to advocacy by our members,
a professional lobbyist supports our legislative
efforts in Olympia.
WACCRA’s key legislative effort to date is the passage of a law recognizing and protecting CCRC residents. Effective July, 2017, RCW 18.390 addresses all CCRC residents in Washington State. More than 8000 seniors in 23 CCRCs in Washington State, and their families, benefit from this law. Read the CCRC Law.
In addition to seeking legislation, WACCRA proactively works with CCRC Executive Directors as well as LeadingAge WA (an organization that represents management interests at CCRCs, among other senior-living facilities) to develop practices that will allow residents to participate in decision-making and be kept informed about certain CCRC management and financial issues.
WACCRA is an active member of Senior Lobby, a consortium of organizations focused on senior issues.
We also work with the WA State Long Term Care Ombuds Office and other state agencies that oversee issues of concern to seniors. WACCRA is an affiliate of the National Continuing Care Residents Association NaCCRA
A strong and robust WACCRA membership is essential
to our success. If you aren’t a member, please consider joining now.
Our Consumer Guide provides critical information for seniors considering investing in, and moving into, a CCRC. You will find sections on the types of contracts available
(A, B, C, D), independent living options, levels of healthcare (Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Memory Care), financial considerations, and ownership and governance characteristics. A helpful checklist of amenities makes decision-making easier. The Consumer Guide includes contact information for each of the 23 CCRCs registered in Washington State.
The community living experience in a CCRC can offer you congenial new friends, rich social and cultural experiences, excellent health care, life-enhancing fitness/wellness opportunities, genuine security and peace of mind. Your move will eliminate the stress of maintaining a home and relieve your children’s worries about their parents living alone. In this way, you will avoid becoming a burden to them or to others.
What is a CCRC, Actually?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is an organization that provides a secure and comfortable place for senior citizens to live, with an agreement that assures a continuum of care as their needs change over time through the rest of their lives. CCRCs generally include independent living residences which are rented on a monthly basis; memory care facilities; assisted living; and skilled nursing.
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