senior living

Options for Senior Living Communities

What are your options for senior living communities if you are an independent and active senior? Top communities have wait lists for new residents.

By: James Connolley

Once upon a time, independent seniors did not have many options available to them when it came to retirement living. Retirement communities were largely dull and drab places that were reserved for the seriously infirmed. They certainly were not communities were active, vibrant people wanted to live. Times have certainly changed in the past decade or so as more and more people are actively choosing to live in retirement communities. In fact, top communities are instituting wait lists for new residents and making plans for expansions. So, what are your options for senior living communities if you are an independent and active senior?

Independent Senior Communities

Independent senior communities are subdivisions or apartment complexes that are available for seniors over the age of 55. They are communities of housing units that offer several floor plan and home plan designs as town homes, apartments, duplexes, mobile homes, condos and single-family housing units. These vast options allow seniors to choose the floor plan that fits their lifestyle. These units are available for purchase or lease but include monthly fees that cover services such as lawn care and snow removal, outdoor maintenance, recreation centers and activities, or clubhouses that are part of the community. These communities also host community activities and often provide recreational facilities and equipment to residents.

They are generally independently affiliated and not associated with any particular medical care or service provider. They do tend to hold community health fairs, planned activities, recreational programs and activities, etc. They may also provide meal programs for residents in a communal dining hall in addition to allowing residents to prepare their own meals in their apartments. Some even provide transportation services to various shopping and community centers. Rent is paid month-to-month on these units.

Continuing and All-Inclusive Care Communities

Continuous care or all-inclusive care communities are those that offer care and medical services in addition to housing for retired seniors. The concept behind continuing care communities is that an independently living senior may experience a time when their health declines. In this event, they would normally have to obtain in home assisted living care or move to an assisted living community. To avoid the stress of moving a continuous care community offers seniors the option of obtaining the care they need while remaining in the community they now call home.

Most of these communities offer different types of accommodations to residents depending on the level of assistance and medical care that may be necessary. Care is available beyond assisted living for those seniors who may be living with terminal illnesses that require end of life or hospice care. Several continuous care or all-inclusive care communities also offer memory care and Alzheimer’s care for residents experiencing these illnesses and issues.

About the Author:
James Connolley has been with LivingSenior for several months now and is a key competent to advancing our site’s value. His article and blog posts are written often from personal experience, and have provided for great conversation topics.

Check out the Medicaid long term care guide listed by the NIH on their resources page.


Photo: Ted Eytan