From independent living to retirement communities and everything in between — finding the next place to call home is not always an easy choice. However, choosing a senior living community that’s specifically designed for your enrichment can make the transition that much more exciting and enjoyable.
Before you make a decision, it’s important to learn the similarities and differences of each option so you can select the right environment for you.
Living in Independent Living Apartments
Independent living apartments are typically located within a senior living community. You can select a floor plan based on your needs and choose to live with a friend, pet or spouse just as you would in a regular home.
Independent living communities are designed specifically for senior enrichment. From exercise facilities, salons, dining options and other on-campus activities, independent living is a great option for those looking to maintain their independence, build relationships with like-minded people and enjoy a beautiful community with a wide variety of amenities.
Some independent living communities host events and classes such as arts and culture, history, literature, music and more. In addition to keeping seniors engaged in activities they enjoy, community events are a great way to foster a tight-knit community — this socialization is especially important for the health and well-being of seniors.
What’s more, independent living communities include indoor and outdoor maintenance and housekeeping services, making it easy for residents to relax and fully enjoy their retirement.
Living in a 55+ Community
Age-restricted communities are typically comprised of apartments or mobile homes, where all residents are 55 or older. The main difference between a retirement community and independent living is the amenities and living style. Some retirement communities may offer amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis court and exercise facilities, however, independent living communities typically offer a more extensive range of amenities.
In a retirement community, residents are usually responsible for housekeeping and property maintenance — whether they pay for the maintenance or do it themselves. In addition to property maintenance costs, you have to pay for the mortgage, property taxes, utilities, transportation, meals out at restaurants and more. You may save more and get a higher value out of your monthly expenses at an independent living community.
How To Choose the Right Housing Option
Whether you’re looking into senior living options for yourself or a loved one, adjusting to independent living or moving to a retirement community requires preparation and careful forethought. Before you choose your next venture, consider these factors:
- Do your research on the best senior living and retirement communities in your area. Look at online reviews and testimonials from residents and their families.
- Take a tour and be prepared to ask the staff questions about the facility’s activities and amenities, employee qualifications, safety and cleaning protocols and more.
- Consider future care requirements. Some assisted living communities offer different levels of care within their community such as assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Should you or your loved one require further assistance or care in the future, staying in the same community can make the change much easier.
- Look into community amenities and activities. Independent living and retirement communities usually offer different types of amenities and activities for residents. Make your new home feel more like a safe haven by choosing a community that focuses on creating a hospitable, inclusive environment.
- Not-for-profit versus for-profit. Choosing a not-for-profit senior community offers many benefits, such as lower rent for residents, an ethical board of trustees and a higher focus on community well-being.
- Weigh the costs. Calculate what you’d pay on your mortgage, property taxes, utilities, in-home maintenance, lawn care and other home expenses if you lived on your own. Compare that with the price of senior independent living.
Regardless of the community you choose, being confident in your new living arrangements will make for a smooth transition.
Choose Aviva As Your Independent Living Community
At Aviva, our independent living apartments are designed with modern features that provide the comfort and quality you’re looking for in your next adventure. We offer a wide range of amenities to enrich our resident’s lives — from fine and casual dining options, salons and barbershops, a heated pool, on-site fitness facilities and more. What’s more, we offer a range of events and activities for residents to lead or participate in — creating a community that feels more like family.
Contrary to other senior living communities, we don’t require an initial entry fee. The monthly rent covers all of the living expenses, amenities and services we offer. As a not-for-profit organization, our focus is on providing a nurturing environment for our residents.