Retirement 101: What is LifeCare®?

As you plan for your retirement, you may be interested in all the benefits a senior living community can provide for you. There are many different types of senior living communities, and you may notice that some offer LifeCare®. 

“‘What is LifeCare?’ is a common question among older adults planning their retirement,” said Jill Burton, Marketing Director of Sandhill Cove, a resort-style senior living community in Florida. “As the only community that offers LifeCare in Martin and St. Lucie counties, we’re happy to explain LifeCare to older adults and their families so they can learn about all the advantages and peace of mind  this type of senior living provides.”

LifeCare is a comprehensive retirement living option that combines independent living with a continuum of health care services. You typically enter as independent living and, if your needs change, can transition to assisted living, skilled nursing, or rehabilitation.

A LifeCare contract requires a one-time entrance fee that you pay upfront and subsequent monthly fees to cover your residence and other amenities and services. 

Communities that offer LifeCare are also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) – or Life Plan Communities, giving you the opportunity to age in place. You know that everything you need, from health care services to support services, are right at your community. 
You don’t need to think about having to move to another community and additional health care services are provided at a predictable rate*. LifeCare provides worry-free senior living where you can focus on your wellness and lead an engaging and dynamic life.

Amenities of a LifeCare® Community

When you join a LifeCare® community, you can enjoy a number of amenities that enhance your wellness and quality of life. Amenities include: 

Independent Living Residences

Independent living usually includes private apartment homes or villas equipped with a full kitchen with contemporary appliances and amenities like heating, air conditioning, and a washer and dryer. 

“At Sandhill Cove, you can expect spacious living areas, modern kitchens, and large windows to let plenty of sunlight in,” said Jill. “We offer a variety of apartment homes and villas to accommodate the needs of our residents.”

Dining Options

A LifeCare® community will have on-site restaurants or dining venues offering a variety of culinary choices, often with chef-prepared meals.

“Our residents love the Sandhill Cove Dining Room for a delicious and formal meal and waterfront views. We also have The Cove for casual poolside dining for residents who want a relaxed meal,” said Jill. “Our Coral Reef dining room offers special event private dining, and the Cocktail lounge is where residents can go for a coffee break or a happy hour.”

senior man enjoying retirement while fishing

Recreational and Communal Areas

You can expect access to fitness centers, pools, walking spaces, and recreational areas so you can lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few examples of the communal areas that Sandhill Cove residents enjoy:

  • A boat dock for fishing
  • An outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi
  • A waterfront croquet court, shuffleboard, along with a chipping and putting green
  • An art studio, auditorium, and woodworking shop

Social and Cultural Activities

You can attend organized events, clubs, classes, and cultural outings to socialize with new people and enrich your life.

Health Care Services

Health care services are offered on campus with our Nurse Practitioner, from routine checkups to specialized care.

Housekeeping and Maintenance

One of the best aspects of resort-style living in a LifeCare® community is the maintenance-free lifestyle. Services like regular housekeeping, maintenance, and landscaping services ensure a well-maintained living environment where you can spend more time doing activities you love.

Transportation Services

The community’s scheduled transportation services cover trips for shopping, appointments, and outings – ensuring you have convenient access to essential services.

24/7 Security and Staffing

Have peace of mind from the around-the-clock security measures and trained staff who can address emergencies or concerns.

Educational and Learning Opportunities

Expand your knowledge with workshops, lectures, and educational programs designed to stimulate the mind and support lifelong learning.

Cultural and Recreational Programs

Take advantage of your community’s access to cultural events, recreational activities, and entertainment options. These programs foster a vibrant community atmosphere that you’ll definitely want to experience. 

With all these amenities and services in your community, you’ll have something fulfilling and engaging to look forward to each day.

seniors making new friends in lifecare with outdoor activities

Health Services of LifeCare®

Should your health needs change in the future, the different levels of care in your community can include: 

Assisted Living

Assisted living offers support with activities of daily living (ADLs), like bathing, dressing, and medication management, while preserving independence and privacy.

If residents have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, Sandhill Cove offers Heartfelt Connections – A Memory Care Program® that provides residents with specialized care, structured routines, and tailored support to ensure each resident lives a dignified and meaningful life. 

Skilled Nursing 

Skilled nursing is 24/7 medical care and rehabilitation services for residents with acute or chronic health conditions.


If you’re recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery, you may use the community’s rehabilitation for short-term care that will help you regain your strength and mobility. Rehabilitation services include physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

These health services within a LifeCare community ensure that residents have access to a continuum of care, allowing them to age in place with confidence and peace of mind.

Retirement at Sandhill Cove

Planning for retirement is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. If resort-style living with the benefits of LifeCare® appeals to you, give our team a call at 772-220-1090 to learn more about life at Sandhill Cove.   

*See our contract for details.