Adult Living Communities: A Place for Active Seniors

More and more seniors are choosing to move into adult living communities because of the many attractive features and low-stress lifestyle. Seniors age 55 and older, both men and women, who need minimal medical or personal care often find adult living communities enjoyable.

Different Types of Adult Living Communities

There are a variety of options when it comes to adult living communities. Some developments consist of compact, single-family houses or townhouses. Other communities consist of one or more apartment buildings, and some offer a combination of apartments and detached homes.

There are also many different sizes of developments, ranging from small, compact communities to large, multi-acre sites. Some facilities are privately owned, with others managed by non-profit societies.

Residents of Adult Living Communities

Adult living communities are designed for the enjoyment and lifestyle needs of mature adults. These active, semi-retired and retired seniors enjoy a carefree lifestyle, without the responsibilities of yard work and home maintenance. Residents in these communities are usually physically active and take part in activities such as golfing, cycling and walking. They enjoy their independence and often like to travel.

Residents in adult living communities like living among other mature adults in an age-restricted community, and many still own their own vehicles and actively drive. This type of active senior living frequently attracts retired professionals who are looking for a low-maintenance home so they can enjoy retirement without the burden of chores.

Services Offered at Adult Living Communities

There are usually a variety of resort-style amenities offered in an adult living community. Depending on the location, the following services are offered:

  • Social and recreational events organized by an Activity Director
  • Outside maintenance, including grass cutting, snow removal and gardening\
  • Housekeeping including laundry service
  • Fitness programming such as yoga classes and walking clubs
  • Concierge services
  • Swimming pool and fitness facilities
  • Local transportation and shuttle bus services

Accommodations at Adult Living Communities

Accommodations at adult living communities are usually well suited to mature adults, with tasteful decor and landscaping. Depending on the location, housing options may include:

  • Apartments
  • Condominiums
  • Semi-detached homes
  • Fully detached homes

The properties are generally compact in size, with houses averaging 2,000 square feet or less and designed to involve minimal maintenance by the resident or homeowner. Features often include multiple bathrooms, fully equipped modern kitchens and entertainment areas.

Cost of Adult Living Communities

The cost of adult living communities varies based on location, amenities offered and whether the residents rent or own their retirement home. Purchasing a condo in one of these communities can range from $100,000 to over $1,000,000 plus a monthly HOA or maintenance fee, depending on the local real estate market.

Renting an apartment or home in an adult living community can cost between $700 and $4,000 per month, again depending on location and amenities. Most residents pay for their living costs out of pensions and retirement savings. The costs of living in this type of retirement community are not generally covered by medical insurance, because little to no medical assistance is provided.

Other Considerations

Adult living communities are not well suited to seniors who have serious medical, mobility or memory problems, because there is little to no medical support offered. It is also important to note that many of these communities are not fully wheelchair-accessible, and may not be the best choice for seniors who are likely to need mobility assistance in the near future.

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Written by senior housing staff writer.