Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a CCRC and what are the benefits?
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is an insurance product that provides housing and nursing needs for its residents through a full continuum of care on the same campus. There are 1900 CCRCs across the country, and the concept has been around for 100 years.
Residents enter when they are independent and are 62 years or older, and then can transition to other levels of care if and when they need it, including assisted living and memory care. Having all levels of care within the campus makes it easy for friends and family to visit.
Having several levels of care available on campus is an incredible benefit—it provides you with the security of knowing that, if you need Assisted Living, Nursing Care or Memory Care at some point in time, it’s right on site.
Q: Are all CCRCs the same?
No. The majority of CCRCs are non-profit, but there are three different major types: Type A ( all inclusive ) Type B ( Moderate) and Type C ( rental). Birch Hill is a Type B and offers the advantage of a lower entrance fee, as well as discounted pricing on health care.
Q: Am I buying an apartment or a condo?
As mentioned earlier, a CCRC is an insurance product. You choose an apartment home or cottage, but it is not a real estate transaction, and there is no ownership involved. You have lifetime use of your apartment or cottage and the security of knowing you’ve planned for your future health care needs.
Q: What types of services and amenities are offered?
- Gourmet dining equal to one main meal a day
- Complimentary continental breakfast
- Flexible dining program to be used within three dining venues
- Free (?) fitness classes and social, cultural and educational programs
- Scheduled/free transportation
- Health care services include:
- On-site physician services
- Catered living
- Resident health clinic
- Wellness programs
- Health education
- Emergency response
- On-site Respite Care
Q: What Dining options are available at Birch Hill?
Our exceptional culinary team prepares a variety of healthy and delicious menu choices every day. A complimentary continental breakfast is available 7 days a week; lunch and dinner are served in the Cafe for casual dining, or in the Terrace Room for restaurant style service. The Courtyard Cafe offers outdoor dining during the summer months. Take out service is available, as is room service. Families are welcome to reserve the Private Dining Room for special occasions.
Q: Is transportation available?
We offer courtesy scheduled shuttle transportation 4 days a week to all the local zip code areas in greater Manchester. Whether it’s a trip to the mall, the doctor’s office or a movie matinee, our professional and courteous staff will get you wherever you need to go.
Q: How far is Birch Hill from Boston and the Seacoast?
Birch Hill is conveniently located less than one hour from Boston and the beautiful New Hampshire Lakes Region and only 40 miles from Hampton Beach and Portsmouth.
Q: I don’t want to give up any of my freedom and independence. How will I know when I’m ready?
The best time to make a move is when you are active and in good health. The admissions process includes a health assessment, so don’t wait too long. Our goal is to provide an active, stimulating maintenance free lifestyle for healthy retirement age individuals.