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Designed for the needs of active older adults, independent living is a premier choice for those who can live on their own but want the atmosphere and conveniences (services and amenities) offered by a senior living community. Someone living in an independent living community requires little to no assistance with personal care activities such as toileting, eating, grooming meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation.
TYPICAL INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES
The carefree lifestyle of independent living retirement communities enables older adults to fully enjoy their retirement by offering various benefits, services and amenities, which may include:
A wide selection of programs and social events are offered at independent living communities, encompassing a broad range of interests. This makes it possible for everyone to stay active, make new friends and cultivate new hobbies and interests while also enjoying hobbies and interests with which you’re already familiar. Participation is encouraged but optional.
WELLNESS BENEFITS OF INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITIES
Focusing on the active lifestyle of the modern older adult, independent living communities make every effort to support each person’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. To accomplish this, independent living communities may offer these benefits and amenities:
Since benefits and amenities vary from community to community and not every community will include every item on this list, determine which are “must haves” for you and then find a community that provides these specific benefits and amenities.
Most communities allow and encourage their residents to personalize their apartments, decorating and furnishing them with personal items and furniture, using their own personal style and décor to make it feel like home. However, it’s always best to check that using your personal items is allowed.
Of all the living options for older adults, independent living is generally the least expensive because it doesn’t include any personal care or healthcare related services. The typical cost for services ranges between $1,500 to $3,500, depending on on-site care options offered, amenities and services provided, location and apartment size. The cost typically includes housing, amenities and services, community activities, utilities and maintenance expenses. Meal plans, which vary from community to community, may be included in the cost or may come at an additional cost as an add-on item.
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