Somewhere around age 50, many adults face a major life transition. Their children are leaving home, their mortgages are almost paid off and their professional careers may be coming to an end.
For some, retirement will offer them the chance to rediscover old friends, hobbies and interests without the responsibilities of a family and career.
For these active adults who view retirement as the best years of their life, a center for independent living can provide the accommodations, amenities and services that allow them to make the most out of life.
When Can I Move to a Center for Independent Living?
Independent living is for active adults over the age of 55 who are still in good physical and mental health, and are able to perform basic activities of daily living, such as bathing and laundry, without assistance.
Centers for independent living typically do not offer elder care services, such assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing, unless it is designated as a continuing care retirement community. This means that if a retiree’s health declines over time, a late-in-life move to an assisted living community or nursing home might be necessary.
What Can I Expect at a Center for Independent Living?
A center for independent living can be a great option for retirees who no longer want to endure the cost or burden of maintaining a single-family home. Most centers for independent living offer residents smaller apartments that enjoy regular housekeeping, linen changing and maintenance provided by center staff.
Centers are typically populated by adults of similar age and activity level who are able to enjoy property features such as:
- Tennis courts
- Swimming pools
- Restaurant-style dining
- Fitness centers
- Day spas
Centers usually also provide on-site activities and events for the enjoyment of residents including cocktail hour, live entertainment and day trips to local attractions.
How Much Does a Center for Independent Living Cost?
The average cost of independent living in major U.S. metropolitan areas is $2,633 per month. Typically, monthly rental fees at a center for independent living will cover the following:
- Some or all daily meals
- Housekeeping and other maintenance services
- Emergency call systems and security
Government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and veterans benefits will not cover the costs at a center for independent living. Most retirees pay for independent living with personal savings or money from the sale of their homes.
Find a Center for Independent Living
A center for independent living offers active seniors a good balance of independence and community with all the services and amenities of a luxury hotel. Find Independent Living today!
Written by senior housing writer Jacqui Howell.