The Overlook compared to 55+ communities in MA

When you’re looking for senior living, you will find a lot of options. You may frequently see in your research comparisons of a 55+ community to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) like The Overlook. So, we wanted to take some time to compare these two types of communities to provide some insight into which one may be right for you.

Services and amenities

Some initial overlap exists when comparing services and amenities offered at 55+ communities versus CCRCs like The Overlook.  For instance, both offer residents a maintenance-free lifestyle. This means that you never have to deal with household care again. Instead of putting your money or energy toward mowing the lawn, landscaping, shoveling snow or fixing utilities, you can let the community handle it and spend your time on the things and people you love. Other amenities that are potentially shared by these two types of communities include fitness centers, clubhouses and indoor pools.

However, a CCRC like The Overlook does offer substantially more overall in terms of services and amenities. For example, The Overlook offers fantastic dining right on campus with a dining plan that includes several meals. From the more casual Tucker’s Bistro to the seasonally influenced, award-winning chef-prepared meals at the Acacia dining room, dining at The Overlook is delicious and nutrition-focused. A 55+ community, however, doesn’t typically offer on-site dining—and if it does, it is not an included cost.

Other amenities unique to The Overlook include a woodworking shop, a beautiful 280-seat Performing Arts Center, a creative arts studio and, of course, The Overlook’s gorgeous 450-acre campus. Residents put the space to good use, too!

In addition to a wealth of walking trails and cross-country skiing opportunities, The Overlook offers a wide array of programs to enrich the lives of the residents and assist them in continuing their active lifestyles.


In general, despite The Overlook being more affordable than many other CCRCs, a CCRC will often be slightly more expensive than a 55+ community in the short term. While both types of communities involve a monthly service fee, a CCRC like The Overlook also typically charges an entrance fee. However, this cost may end up saving you money in the long run, because it guarantees your access to The Overlook’s full continuum of care.

Continuum of care

This is one of the most distinguishing features of a CCRC like The Overlook. Should the need ever arise, The Overlook offers a spectrum of care directly on-site that is available to you. In a 55+ community, if your needs were to change, you would have to move. In fact, most people who join a 55+ community end up moving to a CCRC later. The moving process can be extremely stressful. Not only is it a hassle and a financial stressor, but you also would leave the friends you’d made in your community. At The Overlook, the entrance fee ensures that the cost of any future care is substantially reduced. What’s more, regardless of your needs, you wouldn’t have to leave the community or any of your friends. Instead, you would stay in a neighborhood setting, surrounded by friendly people and accredited nurses. Should the need ever arise, The Overlook offers you peace of mind for the future. If you’re interested in learning more about what The Overlook has to offer, call 866-753-5429 or click here for a free information kit.

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