High-rise efficiency apartments. Ample 2- and 3-bedroom layouts at a CCRC (continuing care retirement community). Large, customizable homes within developing active adult communities. Independent living encompasses a wide variety of options, both in terms of settings and services available, that may surprise you.
This senior housing category essentially breaks down into the following:
Senior Apartments: Some cities and towns offer efficiency apartments for low-income seniors, often located within a high-rise building. Seniors who reside in these apartments are typically able to live with very little assistance, though some of these communities offer additional services on site (i.e. transportation, activities, nurse/physician on-call, social worker).
Independent Living in a CCRC: In large continuing care communities, most units are designated for independent living. Typically, there are several floor plans from which to choose, variations of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and studio apartments. Residents in a CCRC can also choose to move through the continuum of care as needed (i.e. assisted living, skilled nursing, etc.). A busy social calendar is common at most of these communities, and residents are often quite involved in the planning of events.
Independent Senior Communities: Independent living is not always connected to a CCRC. Active adult communities and stand-alone independent living apartments or homes operate like the above, yet cannot offer a transition to a different level of care. However, activities and social events are often available, along with home maintenance services.