Interested in learning more about California life plan communities, also known as continuing care retirement communities? Life plan communities provide everything from independent residential living to assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing — all on one campus.

How do you know if you’d be a good fit for a life plan community, especially if you’ve never lived in a retirement community before? Here are five signs you might be ready for this lifestyle change.

And what exactly is a life plan community? How does it compare to an assisted living or memory care facility? We know it can be a bit bewildering if you haven’t visited senior living communities before. You can check out a simple definition of each here.

We’ve put together a list of some of the top life plan communities in Southern California. Please contact them directly for more information. They’ll be happy to help!

Rancho Mission Viejo, Orange County

Scripps Ranch, San Diego

Carlsbad, North San Diego County

Fullerton, Orange County

Thousand Oaks, Ventura County