Independent living services are ideal for seniors who are in good health and want to make the most of their golden years by reducing the number of chores they need to attend to and increasing their social opportunities. Although, amenities vary depending on the type of community you select, most feature a more manageable living space, little to no yard work, and some even offer the chance to have your laundry and cleaning done for you. As for the social side, you can find independent living services with full-time programming staff, or you can opt for a community of peers that relies on informal socializing. Most communities require residents to be 55 or older; for some it’s 62.

Types of Independent Living Services:

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Similar to a retirement community, CCRCs combine independent living services with independent living and nursing care, all on the same campus, with the ability to switch between the arrangements as you need. Saves you the hassle of hiring outside help or moving to another facility should your health decline.

Subsidized Housing: Both government and non-profit versions exist. These can be set up as apartments or in a dormitory-style, with communal eating facilities. May have some social programming, but don’t expect laundry service. Waiting lists can make entry challenging.

Retirement Communities: Likely what comes to mind when you hear the term independent living, retirement communities typically offer the most amenities and housing options, from compact apartments to multi-bedroom condos or even houses. Most retirement communities were constructed with seniors in mind, so they tend to be well-laid out and often feature perks like swimming pools, tennis courts, or golf accessibility.

As people age, they often look into relocating. When an elderly person still has the physical and mental capacity to live independently, but wants companionship with others who are their age, independent living could be a good option. Independent living communities promote seniors’ active lifestyles while offering a secure environment and providing specific services and amenities related to elderly people’s needs. Call us today at 775-827-3606 to find out how we can help you or a loved one.