A COVID Storm Hits Senior Living

The pandemic has created significant challenges for all types of senior living communities. Because of that, it's more important than ever to review a facility's financial stability and quality of life before making a move.

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In late 2019 Jack and Peggy Devine, of Spring Lake, N.J., and Aiken, S.C., reserved a new apartment at Falcons Landing Life Plan Community, a continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, for former military officers and high-level federal employees in Sterling, Va. The CCRC was home to Peggy’s aunt, and the couple had visited the community many times and made friends there. Now, however, the DeVines are wrestling with whether to proceed. The pandemic has forced the community to curtail group activities and socializing.

The closure of places where residents congregate and restrictions on interaction would diminish the very things they love most about the senior living community: the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones, to do things and go places together. “Although I realize it’s temporary, the looming question in my mind is what is the new normal after this is all over?” says Jack.

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.