It is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle option for senior citizens who are still highly independent and wish to enjoy the benefits of a community of their peers to live in retirement communities that offer active senior living, rather than nursing homes.
This particular lifestyle is generally offered in housing developments touting private homes for sale. Individuals or couples purchase a pre-existing home, or can even contract the services of a builder to design a home to their liking. A few communities exist in which residents pay monthly rent, often between $800 and $4,000 a month, rather than purchasing a home of their own.
What Are The Requirements For Senior Living Communities?
In order to reside in a community, most neighborhoods will require that residents be fully independent in their daily activities. If nursing care or a home aide is necessary, an individual should seek out alternative housing which can better provide these services. To assure the comfort of its residents, the active senior living or adult community can impose certain restrictions on activities, including limiting people younger than 65 from living on the premises.
What Do Active Senior Living Communities Have To Offer?
While these types of residential developments allow seniors a more personal space to call home, they often share a clubhouse within the neighborhood, to which all residents have access. These common areas provide a place for seniors to gather with other neighbors and partake in various activities, ranging from fitness classes to weekly card games or craft circles and other active senior living activities.
The neighborhood may have a governing body led by its residents, which serves to look out for the needs of the neighborhood. Social events are usually coordinated by this association. Many associations strive to make their communities as appealing as possible by adopting a vacation-home feel. Several of these communities are famous for their award-winning golf courses, pools and entertainment complexes.
Written by senior housing staff writer.