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8 unconventional retirement communities

Escapees CARE For avid RVers, life is a highway—that is, until life forces you to “hang up your keys” for a while. Enter Escapees CARE. At this facility in Livingston, Texas, visitors can park their RV on the grounds and get nursing care, meals, and more on site. “We like to not be tied down to one place, so we’ve created a program here where you can come in on a month-to-month basis if you want,” says Russ Johnson, the facilities director. For example, if an RV lover has surgery and can’t get around that well, but doesn’t want to have to recuperate in a nursing home, he or she can pop over to Escapees CARE; residents are welcome to stay longer, even for years if they’d like. Prices for one of the 35 spots average about $850 a month, with which you get nursing care from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, transportation to doctor appointments, and three meals a day plus snacks. Just remember, it’s BYORV (bring your own RV).

8 unconventional retirement communities

February 21, 2013

Aspiring Hemingways, die-hard recreational-vehicle fans, Harley-obsessed boomers: If you’re feeling a little uninspired about your retirement options (another community based around a golf course? Really?), you’re in luck. A new breed of retirement community is catering to those whose interests lie a little outside the mainstream. —by Catey Hill, Marketwatch