Lose Your Independence? Lose Dining-Room Privileges Too at One Retirement Home


If that continuing-care retirement community you’re considering has a lovely dining room, you might want to make sure you’ll always be allowed in it, suggests a post from The New Old Age. One CCRC in Norfolk, Va., decided last year that only people in independent living could eat in some of their restaurants.

The community, called Harbor’s Edge, blames overcrowding from an increased occupancy rate. But some angry residents aren’t appeased. They’re crying discrimination. The blog reports:

They also suspect management marketing concerns. “They think it will appeal to newcomers more if they have the impression that the residents here are in better condition than they probably are,” said Mr. Hodges, a retired appellate court judge who uses an electric wheelchair.

[Executive director] Mr. Volder denied that and said that dissenters could always move elsewhere: “I’ll make it so they get 100 percent of their money back if they’re that unhappy,” he said.

The blog post indicates this isn’t the first CCRC to make ability-based distinctions that some have fought as discriminatory.

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Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.

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