The Second Edition of my Book is Available on Kindle!!

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Here’s the overview:

Continuing care retirement communities (called “CCRCs” by industry insiders) are retirement communities that offer multiple living options (independent living, assisted living, and nursing). In exchange for an entrance fee and ongoing monthly fees, CCRC’s agree to care for residents for the rest of their lives.

Written by a former senior housing consultant, Continuing Care Retirement Communities: An Insider Tells All is a sweeping overview of the popular senior housing product. The book shows you:

  • What services are offered for seniors
  • How to find communities in your area
  • What to look for during your visit
  • How to read the contracts and disclosure statements
  • Why some communities go bankrupt
  • Some warning signs for potential residents of CCRC’s

The second edition has been updated and includes three new chapters: the financial analysis of CCRCs, how to learn about quality of care at a CCRCs nursing home, and the state of the senior housing industry since the recession.

You deserve the best coach when searching for the community of your dreams! Continuing Care Retirement Communities: An Insider Tells All shows you the good and the bad in the industry and offers advice on how to make the most of your move into senior housing.

 

Here’s the preface:

[Note: I have decided not to publish a paper copy of this book for a few reasons (mainly that it’s expensive and time-consuming). If you would like a paper copy, shoot me an email, and I’ll figure out a way to send you a file that you can print from the comfort of your home.]

You’re reading a second edition of my book. Why did I feel the need to put together a second edition? Well, some things have changed over the past few years:

  1. I’ve found a new (and better) source for nursing home information.
  2. Improvements in the economy have flowed over into the retirement industry, and consequently, senior housing is doing well.
  3. Hedge funds and other institutional investors have gotten more involved in senior housing.
  4. Readers have written to ask me questions that I feel should be covered in a new edition.

As a result, I’ve added three new chapters and updated the entire book with information pertinent to today’s economic market.

I am also going through some personal changes that make 2015 a good year to rerelease my book.  I’ve been writing about the senior housing since 2011. I initially scheduled one article a week, but, frankly, senior housing doesn’t move that fast. After a while, I got a bit tired of writing the same stuff over and over.

Plus, I’ve always liked digging deeper into intellectual topics and have been doing so in my spare time. In 2014, I started taking higher-level math courses on the side, and as of August 2015, I’ll be starting a PhD program. It will demand a great deal of my attention. Thus, in preparation for that transition, I want to give my readers a fresh look at senior housing before crawling into the cave that is my new PhD office.

In this updated edition, you’ll find all of the same information that was in the original: information about how to find retirement communities, how CCRCs fees and contracts work, how to negotiate for upgrades, and what happened during some of the industry’s biggest bankruptcies.

I’ve also added more information to help readers who have questions about their move to senior housing: a financial perspective on the costs of moving to senior housing versus staying at home, some good advice on learning about nursing homes in your area, and an update on the aftermath of the 2007 housing crash and how it impacted CCRCs.

While I probably won’t be writing for SeniorHousingMove.com or releasing books after 2015, I’ll still have my email, Virginia@SeniorHousingMove.com, and I’ll keep the site up and available. If I see anything that’s incredibly interesting or that seniors need to know, I’ll add a post.  But, frankly, most of what you need is either in this book or on my website.  I don’t anticipate that the industry makes a huge shift any time in the near future.

If you have questions, please email me.  I like helping people, and I don’t mind fielding a few questions now and then about how to find a good community.

I have enjoyed my years at SeniorHousingMove.com, and I appreciate all of the comments that I’ve gotten from my readers over the years.  I hope that I have helped you find the best place to spend your retirement years.

Virginia Traweek

May 1, 2015

Readers, I have a favor to ask of you.

I spend a lot of time looking at Disclosure Statements for senior housing communities, and most people don’t know just how difficult it is to get one of these statements.  Since some retirement communities view me as “an enemy,” they will not share any of their information with me.  Instead, I often have to submit freedom of information requests with the states in which CCRCs are located.  This is a costly and time-consuming process.  It can take months to receive documents, and I have spent hundreds of dollars in copying and postage fees.

That’s where you come in.

As a senior or a family member, CCRCs should be giving you their Disclosure Statement as part of the marketing routine.  They should also give you a full copy of their Resident Agreement.

If you’re so inclined, please send me a copy of the Disclosure Statement and/or Resident Agreement for CCRCs in your area.  You can email it to me (questions@seniorhousingmove.com) or mail it to the address below.  Anyone who sends me documents will get a free print copy of my book, “Continuing Care Retirement Communities: An Insider Tells All.” If you send me documents for 3, or more communities, I’ll send you all three of my books.

Your contribution will be included in my research and help future seniors and their families make a more informed decision regarding their move into a CCRC.

The address again:

Senior Housing Move.com

4447 N. Central Expressway

Suite 110 PMB 405

Dallas, TX 75205

Or email me at Questions@SeniorHousingMove.com

Thanks for your help!

Books are on sale!

Dear readers,

I’m in the process of writing/editing a second edition for my book, Continuing Care Retirement Communities: An Insider Tells All.  The old price for the first edition was $13.99 plus $3.99 shipping/handling, but I’d like to clear out some of my inventory so that I have room for a second edition.  Therefore, for a limited time, I’ll be selling the first edition for $5.99 plus $3.99 shipping/handling.  This is a huge steal, and it’s cheaper than the Kindle version.  This will only last for as long as I have the first editions on hand.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone! BUY IT NOW

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New Personalized Senior Housing Report!

Dear Readers,

I’ve been revamping some of my offerings, and many of you have asked for a more personalized approach to your senior housing needs.  So, I’ve created a personalized senior housing report just for readers of this blog.  This means that you don’t have to wait for me to write about your community. You can just print out the questionnaire below, fill it out, and mail it to me. I’ll send you back your personalized report within two weeks of receipt, and I’ll be available to answer all of your questions after I finish.

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Sample Report

As always, you can email me any time with questions or concerns, and I’ll do my best to answer them: questions@SeniorHousingMove.com.

If you want to learn even more, check out my books (“Continuing Care Retirement Communities: An Insider Tells All” and The Financial & Estate Planners’ Guide to Continuing Care Retirement Communities“) on Amazon.

Virginia speaking to the The Financial Planning Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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Some of the comments:

“I found your presentation extremely valuable and relevant to my practice.”

“I loved your presentation today, excellent information and you were so engaging, my whole table was very impressed with you.”

Thanks, Portland!

Call for Questions

It’s 2014 now, and I’ve been blogging about senior housing now for three years.  I’ve covered almost all the topics that I can think to cover.  That’s where you come in.  Do you have a burning question about senior housing?  Shoot me an email: Questions@SeniorHousingMove.com.  If I can answer it in a blog post so that everybody benefits from it, I will.

The best gift this Christmas?

books

Ok, so maybe it’s not the absolute best present that you can get, but…

If you’re stumped on what to get your favorite senior for Christmas, consider some of the books available from Senior Housing Move.com!

Continuing Care Retirement Communities: An Insider Tells All (Print | Kindle)

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The Financial Planner’s Guide to Continuing Care Retirement Communities (Print | Kindle)

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UnSCAMable: How Seniors can Protect Themselves on the Internet (Print | Kindle)

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If you think about it, knowledge is the best gift that you can give, right?