Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing varies vastly from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. In general, the housing is friendlier to older adults, often being more compact with easier navigation and no maintenance or yard work to worry about.
While residents live independently, most communities offer amenities, activities, and services. Often, recreational centers or clubhouses are available on site to give seniors the opportunity to connect with peers and participate in community activities, such as arts and crafts, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes, and movie nights. Independent living facilities may also offer amenities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, or even golf courses, among other potential clubs and interest groups. Other services offered in independent living may include onsite spas, beauty and barber salons, daily meals, and basic housekeeping and laundry services.
Since independent living facilities are aimed at older adults who need little or no assistance with activities of daily living, most do not offer medical care or nursing staff. However, if needed it is generally close by in another part of the community. Utilization of medical care or nuring staff comes with increased costs. At this point moving to an assisted living community or care home is usually recommended.
Our staff at Caring Senior Transitions will ask the senior, family and case manager, in the case they are at a medical facility, thorough and crucial questions to determine what housing and care arrangements would be suitable.