Independent Living is any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors (generally, those aged 55 and over).
In some cases this means moving to a retirement community, but that's not the only case!
Independent Living can also be living at home under modified conditions. If your elder is living at home, but has difficulty driving and paying bills, then it's time to take action so they can stay at home. This means constructing grab bars in the bathroom, making the house "senior" accessible (less stairs, throw rugs, and fire hazards) and potentially hiring a home health care specialist or in home care.
Some independent living options offer meal plans and amenities like transportation, laundry, and housekeeping. At retirement communities many offer additional social events, activities, as well as home and yard maintanence. "Communities" are ideal for seniors who do not require much care, but have difficulty maintaining an entire household on their own OR are living in an unsafe neighborhood.
If you want someone to assess your senior's living space and make sure it's safe, we happily offer our services for free; we will go with you to inspect the home for all the potential problems/threats at no charge.
How is Independent Living Different?
First of all, other names for these housing complexes are:
- Retirement communities
- Retirement homes
- Senior apartments
- Senior housing
The key difference between independent living and other housing options is the expense. Independent living can cost up to $15,000 a month IF a care specialist is needed 24/7, providing round-the-clock care in their home. A parttime caregiver is less expensive.
Consider Independent Living if:
- You envision needing minor assistance with the activities of daily living
- You’d like a home that does not require a lot of maintenance and upkeep
- You like the idea of socializing with peers and getting involved in events and local activities
Concierge Care Advisors can help you locate retirement communities or modify current residences. They also will put you in touch with vetted real estate agents, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, and other professional service providers. You can be assured that those recommended have been fully checked and their credentials verified. And yes, the Care Advisors' services are free.
Cost: Medicaid is not a payment option for housing in retirement communities. Cost varies widely by region with market, subsidized housing, and rental rates. Most cities and counties offer affordable and low-income senior apartments.
This service is complimentary to you! Call us at 1-855-444-SENIORS or contact us by filling out the form on our home page.