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, but modified. If you or your elder are living at home, but it's no longer safe for them to be driving and they're not paying their bills, then it's time to take action -- but obviously, most people don't want to move. Many seniors are able to live at home, but their homes need to be modified to get a doctor's approval. 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. With a sense of community, many of these areas offer social events and outings as well.
These are ideal for seniors who do not require much care, but may have difficulty with maintaining an entire household or living in a neighborhood that’s unsafe. It’s also a good solution for seniors who live far away from friends and family and just want to hop into a social community.
How is Independent Living Different?
First of all, other names for these housing complexes are:
- Retirement communities
- Retirement homes
- Senior apartments
- Senior housing
- Continuing Care Communities (Independent Housing is the first step in these transitional programs)
The key difference between independent living and other housing options is the expense. Independent living can cost up to $15,000 a month whereas many of the other options (at least in the Pacific Northwest) cost around $5,500 a month.
Don't be discouraged though! That number is for families that require round-the-clock care, so parttime caregivers may be more affordable.
Consider Independent Living if:
- You envision needing minor assistance with the activities of daily living
- You’d like a place 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 -- and the Care Advisors' services are free. You can be assured that those recommended have been fully checked and their credentials verified.
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.