Independent living housing comes in many forms ranging from 55+ apartment communities to villa homes on the campus of a retirement village or continuing care community. It is a senior living option for those who are able to perform their own basic ADLs (activities of daily living) and need little or no medical assistance.
Independent living is designed to help older adults maintain their independence while recognizing that they are aging. The focus for seniors desiring independent living is often on lifestyle, security and peace of mind. They are typically looking for social, educational and recreational opportunities to enrich their lives. Amenities are usually an important part of their decision making process. Peace of mind is also key. They are looking for a lifestyle free from the worries of home maintenance, housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation. The need for security often motivates a move to independent living. Living in a congregate senior community offers not only a physically safer environment (i.e. handrails in the bathroom, 24-hour emergency response system) but emotional security as well.
HOW ARE THEY PAID?
Most often, independent living is paid for from private funds. In some instances, communities are subsidized by different state and federal programs and those communities are able to offer fees at a sliding scale based on income. Your local Area Agency on Aging typically maintains a list of subsidized senior housing and entrance requirements.
HOW ARE THEY REGULATED?
Because they are not licensed by any state or federal agencies, independent living has no formal regulation process.
WHERE CAN I FIND INDEPENDENT LIVING?
Call 1-888-485-6212 to speak with a local care counselor.