GENESEO — Interested citizens will open a discussion on a possible Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Livingston County this Thursday.
The meeting will be Oct. 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the large cafeteria at Geneseo Central School. Speakers will talk implementation and present on the role that a CCRC can play for county residents after retirement.
“There’s definitely a need in the area for one of these facilities,” said Tom Matthews, head of the Mission Commission at Geneseo’s Central Presbyterian Church. “In fact, this whole idea of developing a CCRC in Livingston County started because many retirees have expressed interested in staying in the area after they moved on from their jobs.”
By definition, CCRCs are retirement communities that provide a continuum of care for seniors, from independent living, assisted living, memory care, through skilled nursing, all on the same campus. They feature apartments, cottages, etc., appealing dining facilities, frequent in-house programs and classes, transportation to shopping, to places of worship, and to cultural events, and offer a wide array of services to enhance the quality of life for seniors.
Livingston County does not currently offer any CCRC’s for the elderly. According to census figures, however, there are over 14,000 residents who would qualify (65 years and up; annual household income $50 thousand and up) in Livingston and five of its bordering counties (excluding Monroe) that could benefit from the existence of a centrally-located CCRC in Geneseo.
“The demographics seem to support the fact that a center like this would really help a lot of people out,” said Matthews.
Michael Heeran, Director of New York State Nursing Home Licensure and Certification and CCRC programs, will also be presenting at the meeting.
To volunteer, ask questions, or suggest additional names of people to help discuss and lead these exploratory efforts, please contact Tom Matthews at (585) 243-0669 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.