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Q&A: Independent Living Housing, Services & Programs

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 07 June 2011

Choosing to reside in an independent living community means more than just having your own parking space and the freedom to come and go as you please. Learn more with this Q&A overview.

Q: What types of housing arrangements are available at an independent living facility?

A: As is our common disclaimer, senior living communities vary greatly. But on the whole, you’ll find cottage-style housing, apartments (studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom), condos, townhouses, and suites that are either free-standing, in clusters, or in large apartment buildings. Campuses vary in size too; some are sprawling and open, others are cozy and secluded.

Q: What services are provided at an independent living community?

A: As our nation ages and care needs evolve accordingly, the industry responds: more independent senior housing communities are now offering access to some level of health care services either in-house or within easy reach. Most independent living communities also provide a meal plan, transportation to medical appointments, security services, and a call-and-response emergency system. Large senior communities usually have a gift shop/general store, bank, beauty salon, fitness center, workshop space, gardens, movie theaters, and other similar facilities on the grounds for resident use.

Q: What type of programming is available in an independent living setting?

A: Social, intellectual, spiritual, civic engagement, and physical/wellness programs are either directed by residents or by a full-time employee of the independent living community.

- Michelle Seitzer

 

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