Independent Living: Different Settings, Different Services

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 14 September 2012

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.


There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. Eric W. says,

    Hi Michelle,

    I enjoy your website and the blog is great. By any chance do you welcome guest posts?

    Please let me know by email if you could. I will appreciate it. Thanks


    on 14 September 2012 / 12:06 PM

  2. Thanks for the compliments, Eric. I’ll check in with our site director to see if we’re accepting posts at this time and will be in touch. Appreciate you stopping by the blog!


    on 14 September 2012 / 1:47 PM

  3. Yale L. says,

    Offering guest posting is a great idea, have you decided on whether that was an option?

    You provided a nice explanation for the various independent living options. Independent Living is a wonderful option for those that require safety features they are unable to install at home- for example, walk in baths or shower stalls, raised toilets, grab bars, stair lifts, etc.


    on 16 May 2013 / 11:40 PM

  4. Thanks for your comments. Glad you found the post a helpful explanation about the services available in independent living!


    on 17 May 2013 / 8:15 AM


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