Board of Directors
President: Rick Baugh (Skyline) – email Rick
President Elect: Donna Kristaponis (Emerald Heights) – email Donna
Past President: Allan Affleck (Skyline) – email Allan
Advocacy: Orin Brustad – email Orin
At Large: Natalie Siegel (Mirabella) – email Natalie
At Large: Ruth Werntz (Emerald Heights) – email Ruth
Committee Chairs and Officers
Advocacy: Orin Brustad – email Orin
Communications: Donna Kristaponis (Emerald Heights) – email Donna
Through the efforts of WACCRA and other stakeholders, the state legislature passed and Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law, April 1, 2016: “Continuing Care Retirement Communities” (RCW 18390), effective July 1, 2017. About the law
WACCRA in brief
Educating present and future residents on relevant CCRC topics,
Supporting and collaborating with the CCRC executive teams to achieve our mutual and common goals, and Advocate for CCRC resident’s rights.
Key achievement to date
Orchestrated the Washington State law recognizing and protecting CCRC residents.
About the law
Beneficiaries of the new law
More than 8000 seniors in 23 CCRCs in Washington State, and their families.
As of December 31, 2018 some 700 CCRC residents, relatives and other individuals who want to learn about CCRCs are WACCRA members. Members live in 11 different CCRCs: Emerald Heights, Horizon House, Mirabella, Panorama, Parkshore, Riverview, Skyline, Tacoma Lutheran, The Hearthstone, Timber Ridge at Talus, and Wesley Des Moines.
Established and run by CCRC residents, with an elected board of directors. View WACCRA bylaws
Why and how to join
The community living experience in a CCRC can offer you congenial new friends, rich social and cultural experiences, excellent health care, life-enhancing fitness/wellness opportunities, genuine security and peace of mind. Your move will eliminate the stress of maintaining a home and relieve your children’s worries about their parents living alone. You will avoid becoming a burden to them or to others.
An Historic First: WA State CCRC Law
You and WACCRA
Formed in 2015, our association is the only Washington organization founded by CCRC residents to promote our security and welfare and bring peace of mind to our families.
While CCRCs have operated in Washington for over 40 years, our state was one of a few lacking adequate legislation to protect those CCRC residents with independent living status. These residents felt the need for consumer legislation to be so urgent that, in just a few months, we went from 35 to over 500 members.
Our state association has the benefit of partnership with the National Continuing Care Residents Association (NaCCRA), which helped us start our state group, develop our mission, and grow our membership. Our affiliation with NaCCRA increases our effectiveness through its nationwide resources and links to other state associations with organizational, governance, and advocacy experience.
In our first year of existence, WACCRA successfully advocated for the first Washington State CCRC law, RCW18.390, effective July 1, 2017. This law requires that CCRCs register with the state Department of Health and Human Services, provide full disclosures to prospective residents, and ensure certain consumer protections under the consumer protection act. View CCRC Law
WACCRA has established an Advocacy Fund to retain a lobbyist to monitor the implementation of the new law and assist us in our continuing work in Olympia. Please consider donating to this important work. Mail your donation to, WACCRA 1420 NW Gilman Blvd. #2275, Issaquah, WA 98027. Thank you!
You and your family are invited to join our efforts to support, empower, and improve the lives of CCRC residents in our state.
We encourage you to explore our website, educate yourself on the benefits and challenges of CCRC living, and become an active part of our community.
Washington Continuing Care Residents
Life Plan Communities with at least 100 residents residing in independent living were eligible to enroll, and residents residing in independent living at participating organizations were invited to participate in the study.
The main purpose of the Age Well Study is to assess the impact of residing in a Life Plan Community (also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities - CCRC) on residents’ health and wellness over time. This report presents findings from Year 1 of the five-year longitudinal study. Study findings are based on responses from 5,148 residents from 80 Life Plan Communities across the nation.