Here are a few websites that will help you survey your local area:
SeniorHousing.net has search options for seniors including 55+ housing, assisted living, low-income housing, independent living, Alzheimer’s and, continuing care communities. You can search by city. Once you have selected a community, the site gives detailed information, often including photographs and pricing.
Leading Age is the industry trade association for nonprofit senior housing providers. The website offers consumer tips for finding retirement communities and has several other education materials to help consumers make their decision.
Google Maps offers a great interactive map that shows dozens of local providers. For example, search for “retirement community, Denver” to see all retirement communities in Denver. More advanced users can ever customize the map with markers for favorite locations.
Nursing Home Compare is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and offers a comprehensive listing of ever licensed nursing home in the United States. You can search by county, city, or ZIP code. The site will return relevant nursing homes and include data on health inspections, nursing home staffing, and quality measures.
Furthermore, there are also some state websites that list all of the CCRC’s in the state. Try doing a Google search for “list of CCRC’s” in your state.