As the name implies, residents of retirement independent living communities are active seniors over the age of 55 who prefer to live independently.
They are generally healthy and can provide their own care and manage their own homes and personal affairs, but are attracted to the security, social interaction and amenities provided by a retirement independent living community.
Retirement independent living facilities offer many types of apartment living from a studio style to a grand suite and everything in between. Accommodations will provide maximum privacy and independence while still allowing for safety and security.
Retirement Independent Living Services
Providers of retirement independent living strive to make the lives of their residents as convenient and hassle-free as possible by offering a wide variety of services such as:
- Linen laundering
- Building and yard maintenance
- Dining plans
- On-site salons
Staffing is minimal at a retirement independent living centers and few of these facilities keep medical professionals on duty. Some communities will provide a regular on-site staff, but these are rarely ever licensed professionals.
Retirement Independent Living Amenities
Amenities are one of the most attractive features of retirement independent living communities, though the number and type of amenities will vary greatly between communities, dependent on location, size and cost.
Here is a brief list of just some of the amenities one will find at a retirement independent living community:
- Swimming pools
- Private patios or balconies
- On-site banking
- Dry cleaning
Social activities and events are also a regular feature of retirement independent living, but most facilities support an active adult lifestyle by granting residents the freedom to come and go as they wish. There are no mandatory classes or outings in which residents must participate, however, the option of group activities and planned events is still available for those who wish to join.
Retirement Independent Living Costs
Retirement independent living can cost up to $6,000 or more per month. Some communities with fewer services, amenities and basic accommodations cost about $1,000 per month. Some health plans will cover some costs, but not usually as there are no medical costs involved.
Additionally, services offered may be offered as a separate charge on a per-use or monthly basis. It is important to find out what all of the costs are when searching for a compatible facility for yourself or a loved one.
Find Retirement Independent Living
Retirement independent living can be an exciting time for seniors who no longer wish to live in a private home. With a little homework, the right facility is available to meet the needs of any retired person seeking such a lifestyle. Browse our nationwide directory to find retirement independent living today!
Written by senior housing staff writer.