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Senior Apartments vs. Independent Living Communities

With Father’s Day celebrated this month, one of the best gifts we can give dad as he ages is helping him choose the right senior living option that keeps him independent as long as possible. An understanding of the difference between senior apartment complexes compared to independent living communities will help you to make the right decision for both the short and long term.


What are senior apartments?

Senior apartments are designed to accommodate the needs of elderly residents providing accessibility and a sense of community that makes life easier and more enjoyable. A senior apartment building may have limited or no stairs, handicap accessible units for wheelchairs, and handrails in the bathroom.

Apartment living offers a low maintenance, easier lifestyle for an older adult since there is no yard work or household repairs to worry about. Most senior apartments require residents to be at least 55 years old, so that residents are surrounded by people of similar age and interests.

In general, a senior living apartment is for individuals requiring a low level of care. These apartments do not offer medical care, housekeeping, or food preparation. They do also offer limited organized social activities.


What are independent living communities?

Independent living communities offer all the same advantages of a senior apartment, but with expanded services that can enhance the quality of life and allow your senior to remain independent for a longer period of time. These services typically include meals, transportation, housekeeping, laundry service, and social and educational activities. In case of a change in health status, a 24-hour emergency help call system and access to additional care services are also available.

Some independent living communities offer abundant recreational activities, which may include swimming pool/spas, exercise facilities, clubhouses/lounges, and library/reading lounges so seniors can maintain social and active lives.

With easy access to dining and weekly social activities, this community’s style of living keeps the residents involved and connected. If your senior’s health declines, they have the added benefit of more support and access to comprehensive services. This is a smart choice if your aging loved one wants to avoid another move.

As a result of the additional services and amenities, you will find the monthly cost of an independent living community to be more than the rent in a senior apartment complex where there are fewer services.

For your aging dad, the benefits of peace of mind, an active social lifestyle, and convenient services means he will have less worry and enhanced independence. The right setting can ensure a long and comfortable retirement for your loved one.

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