How Much Do You Know About Life Plan Communities? Take the Quiz! - Philadelphia Protestant Home
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How Much Do You Know About Life Plan Communities? Take the Quiz!

Posted on: Aug 12, 2020


  1. Communities are always more expensive than staying in your home. TRUE OR FALSE?
  2. A Life Plan Community, or CCRC, is somewhere you should go only when you need care. TRUE OR FALSE?
  3. It matters whether a community is for-profit or not-for-profit. TRUE OR FALSE?
  4. You should visit communities at least a year before you’re ready to move. TRUE OR FALSE?
  5. You will be forced to participate in activities. TRUE OR FALSE?


  1. FALSE. Compare the monthly expenses of living in your home with costs at a community; you may be surprised. The monthly expenses of living in your home include repairs, maintenance, services and utilities, not to mention unforeseen emergencies. At a retirement community, many of these costs are covered in your monthly fee, plus you receive a dining allowance, fitness and wellness programs, entertainment, and a lower cost of health care should you need it.
  2. FALSE. It’s best to choose a Life Plan Community when you’re healthy and active so that you’re eligible for an independent living neighborhood. You’ll get more out of the many activities offered, and you’ll live life to the fullest, without worrying about home upkeep or health care needs. If you already need care, you’ll need to move directly into a community offering personal care or skilled nursing.
  3. TRUE. You can’t tell at first glance whether a community is for-profit or not-for-profit, but there are important differences. A for-profit community, it goes without saying, is run for the purpose of making a profit. So it is focused foremost on the needs of its shareholders. A nonprofit is driven by its mission to provide quality care and enriching services to its residents. It may make a profit, but it reinvests any profits into the community and into providing benevolent care to residents that have outlived their resources.
  4. TRUE. Visit communities a year before you’re ready to make a move. By being proactive, you avoid potentially choosing a residence when you’re in an emergency. Consider visiting at least three communities to better understand where you feel most at home.
  5. FALSE. Communities offer a variety of clubs, groups, events and excursions. But all those activities are voluntary. Some residents join every club and committee, while others choose not to participate at all. It’s totally up to you!

We hope you’ve found this quiz helpful, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our campus soon. We are now scheduling safe in-person visits to the community. Please give us a call at 215-697-8086 to arrange your personal tour, or if you’re more comfortable visiting virtually, we also offer this option. In the meantime, click here to watch our Virtual Information Series, a collection of informative videos about life at PPH.

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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