A diverse array of social events; multiple dining venues; access to fitness equipment, health and wellness services; and transportation: these are among the offerings typically available at independent living communities nationwide.
Many seniors choose this setting for the flexibility and freedom offered, the active lifestyle promoted, and the convenience of maintenance-free living. For some, being surrounded by a community of healthy, engaged seniors makes independent living a desirable option too.
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) offer various levels of care on the same campus, starting with independent living and extending to assisted living, skilled nursing, adult day services, or Alzheimer’s care (note: not all CCRCs present all of these care options). Seniors who want the choice and autonomy of independent living, with the option of transitioning into a more advanced level of care if needed, should consider a CCRC.
When a couple moves into an independent living community, should one need more care, home care can be brought in to the apartment; in a CCRC, the individual requiring services can transition accordingly.
Clearly a flexible option, independent living can accommodate a number of different lifestyle preferences: those who prefer privacy and self-sufficiency, those who want to engage in social activities, those who want the security of a supportive community – and anyone in between.