Independent living, senior apartments, and retirement communities: they’re all different based on the owner/operator, the location, the cost, services provided, and the population of residents, but one common thread exists no matter what it’s called.
In these settings, seniors are completely independent. Care, services and support may be available in some communities – either on-site or off-campus – but it’s up to the resident(s) to make the arrangements. Residents of continuing care retirement communities generally have access to these services on-site.
Not all independent senior housing facilities offer transportation in-house. There are a few options provided by the local government (Shared Ride, county transit, etc.), but scheduling responsibilities usually land with the resident who desires transport.
When it comes to maintenance and housekeeping, independent living residents may be able to elect for these basic services to be provided at an additional cost (or, sometimes, it is included in the monthly rent package). But some facilities do not provide these services at all; in this case, a resident can elect to bring in services, just as anyone in a private apartment or home would do.
Many independent communities offer an activities program, but the level of involvement from staff varies. Some senior apartments employ a full- or part-time employee to plan and promote activities; others give full responsibility to a Resident Council/committee.
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