Independent living communities offer the benefits of a full-service community, such as meals in a restaurant setting, housekeeping, transportation and social activities. Wellness programs may be available, but typically there are no medical care options. These communities simplify your life, as many day-to-day chores are handled for you.
You do not have to be able to live independently to live in an independent living community. However, any assistance you may need beyond what is provided for all residents will be your responsibility; it will not be provided by the community or included in your rent.
Independent Living Accommodations
Independent living can be found in the form of a studio, a single bedroom,or a two-or-three-bedroom apartment.It also can be a cottage-style residence,similar to a home,usually on a single level and often with an attached garage.
Independent Living Costs
Independent living ranges from $1,400 to $6,600 a month, depending on the state. Costs vary widely by community based on location, size of the apartment or cottage, and the amenities offered at the community. Independent living facilities accept private pay only.
Sometimes pricing is also affected by a second-person fee or a non-refundable entrance fee or community fee. Second-person fees are common because the property is offering additional services such as meals and transportation, and they are absorbing that cost.
Who Lives in Independent Living?
Independent living communities are best suited for adults 55+ seeking all the benefits of being in their own home (an apartment or cottage), without the worry of home maintenance, chores or cooking.
Residents benefit from convenient services, senior-friendly amenities and the increased social opportunities typically offered by independent living communities.
What if you want assistance?
Independent living facilities are ideal for those needing no help with daily living activities, as most communities do not offer medical care or nursing staff. However, your ability or that of a person living with you to live independently is not a requirement for residency.
Just know that, if you are in an independent living community, you will have to make your own arrangements for medical or nursing care, as well as for help with day-to-day activities unless such assistance is provided for all residents.
If you want daily living assistance (with bathing, dressing, mobility, etc.) provided by the residential community, you might want to explore assisted living.
Services Offered in Independent Living
Monthly rent, classified as an all-inclusive fee that includes utilities but often excludes phone and expanded cable TV.
1-3 meals a day in a community dining environment.
An emergency call system and safety features.
Social, educational and recreational activities.
Laundry services and towels and linens.
Transportation for shopping and community-planned outings.
Transportation to medical appointments.
Medical or nursing care, personal assistance with daily living activities. Home services can be arranged and brought in by you if you pay the provider directly.
Concierge services or guest services.
Where to Find Independent Living
The following are popular locations for independent living. Find facilities near you on After55.com.