Making the Most of the Retirement
Independent living is a senior care option available to seniors who still have the ability and drive to take care of themselves and want to be an active part of a community. This type of care is often referred to as “retirement communities” or “senior housing” as a result. Most seniors living in independent living communities have few medical problems and enthusiastically enjoy their retirement.
What services are provided within an Independent Living Community?
As residents of Independent Living Communities are still able to look after themselves, the main focus of these facilities lies on supportive services such as laundry and housekeeping. Furthermore, they try to create a sense of community and belonging by offering social outings and events. Amenities can include:
- Fitness facilities
- Swimming pool
- Golf course
- Hiking trails
- Meal plans
Seniors can choose to live in a variety of apartment sizes, ranging from studios to large two bedrooms. Moreover, some communities have age restrictions and only allow residents 55 and older.
The Cost of Independent Living Communities
With regard to other types of senior care, moving to an Independent Living Community represents a more easily affordable option. However, the average cost per month for this type of residence still ranges from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the level of services and luxury offered by the community. Whereas some seniors may be able to afford this type of care without any difficulties, seniors with a tight budget may take advantage of, for example, government support and funding in order to finance senior care.
Choosing an Independent Living Community
In general, moving to an Independent Living Community is an ideal option for adults who are looking for an active retirement within a senior-friendly, safe community. Besides having access to household help, these facilities are a great way to meet other retired people, to make friends and to find a perfect new home.
Independent Living is one of the most popular forms of senior housing today. Before making the final decision and choosing this type of care, however, it is important to be aware of other options available and weigh their (dis-) advantages.
Asking friends, family members and colleagues for their experiences and recommendations can facilitate the process of finding a senior care community. Also, Think Senior Care has put together an extensive senior care communities catalog with facilities located all across the nation. You can use this to browse for potential communities and connect with them.
In the end, visiting a facility in person can also help as you will get to know the staff and be able to receive insider information from seniors living there and their. This will help evaluate whether the community is trustworthy and suitable to become the perfect new home for your loved one or yourself.