The Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) Committee has announced the results of a community-based survey it conducted last year to obtain individuals’ opinions about the perceived benefits to the county as a whole in developing a Continuing Care Retirement Community. With 600 Greenbrier Valley respondents participating, the survey results were highly favorable, revealing 81 percent thought such a facility is needed, 92 percent would personally live in a retirement community, and 80 percent felt it would positively impact businesses and services in the Greenbrier Valley.
The CCRC Committee also announced that the next step is to have a preliminary market analysis (feasibility study) by the Clifton Larson Allen Firm to determine the need and demand for a retirement community in the Greenbrier Valley. The cost of the market analysis is approximately $20,000 and will take about eight weeks. The Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation has established a pass-through account to hold the funds contributed to meet this cost. For additional information and to support this CCRC project, visit the GGVCF website, gvfoundation.org.
The Continuing Care Retirement Community Committee was organized two years ago by a group of Greenbrier County residents to explore the viability of building a Continuing Care Retirement Community – a three-tiered community that offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care – in Greenbrier County.
A retirement community would offer a residential continuum from independence in a cottage or apartment to assisted living and skilled nursing services in private rooms all on one campus. It would allow residents freedom from household tasks, offer social and fitness opportunities and a safe and secure environment, along with a seamless transition of living arrangements with the necessary health care available. This type of community in the Greenbrier Valley would permit seniors to remain here and continue their involvement rather than moving to another retirement location. Additionally, such a community would provide the opportunity for professional training and employment, say proponents.