Independent living communities are residences that include apartments, meals, social activities, transportation, and amenities meant to simplify life for older adults. All of these services are included in rent, making independent living communities convenient and affordable for many older adults.
Today’s senior living options are a far cry from the past. Historically, older adults moved into a senior living community based out of need. They may have had medical issues or cognitive issues. Perhaps their loved ones made the decision for them. That isn’t the case now.
There are still senior living options like nursing homes for people struggling with serious medical or functional issues. However, the last few decades have given rise to a different kind of senior living community. One that allows older adults to focus on enjoyment, relaxation, and growth. An independent living community is one of these options.
In an independent living community your loved one will:
Live in Apartments or Cottages
An independent living community offers the best of both worlds. Your loved one will have their own private space, as well as opportunities for socializing whenever they feel like it. That’s important because community is more important than ever as we age. Research shows isolation puts seniors at higher risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, depression, and other medical conditions.
Senior living communities like Holiday Retirement offer studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, as well as private cottages. Just like any other home, your loved one is able to furnish and decorate however they’d like, so it feels cozy and welcoming.
Share Common AreasShared spaces in independent living communities become an extension of their home. They typically include dining areas, activity rooms,a library, fitness center, chapel, and computer room. Some retirement communities may also have amenities like salons, pools, gazebos, theatres, and dog parks. Many Holiday Retirement communities have some or all of these amenities..
Dine on Chef-Prepared Meals
No more grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up after meals. An independent living community provides meals in a restaurant-style dining room. Some senior living apartments include kitchens or kitchenettes for those times your loved one feels like preparing their own meal.
Older adults often eat less frequently and lack variety. This puts them at higher risk for heart issues, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions. Independent living communities can help your loved one keep up proper nutrition, and maintain variety in their diet.
Culinary teams at Holiday retirement communities are led by executive chefs. They plan meals with input from dieticians trained in the nutrition needs of older adults. Menus include at least three entree options and several healthy choices. Our chefs are passionate about making meals delicious and well-balanced. They enjoy making residents part of the meal-planning process by hosting roundtables and collecting recipe ideas.
Benefit From Safety Features
Besides “safety in numbers,” many senior living communities offer several safety features. Living alone puts your loved one at higher risk for:
- Problems with daily activities
Holiday Retirement residents feel safe knowing they can lean on a caring community of staff and neighbors when they need help. All residents have a personal emergency response device. This device sends help with the touch of a button. No need to worry about food, supplies, icy sidewalks, or power outages during severe weather. We have proven disaster preparedness plans, abundant resources, and maintenance staff to take care of it all. We also have extensive infectious disease protocols approved by the CDC and health departments.
Participate in Activities and Events
Some people may conjure up visions of bingo and bridge when they think of senior living communities. While those are great past times that you may find in independent living communities, there’s also a wide range of activities for any interest.
Holiday independent living communities are filled with vibrant residents who have varying interests and passions. Each community has a resident experience coordinator. These staff members plan daily activities based on resident input and interests. Some of our residents enjoy fitness classes or walking clubs. Others love art classes and gardening projects. We have bowling teams, knitting clubs, and bean bag baseball tournaments. Events like live music, happy hours, entertainers, and themed parties are also favorite happenings. There’s always something going on, and plenty of people to do it with.
Receive Cleaning and Maintenance Services
Housekeeping and maintenance are included in rent at independent living communities. Holiday senior living communities provide housekeeping and linen services. Common areas follow strict sanitizing and cleaning protocols. Community repairs and upkeep are handled by our maintenance team.
Use Complimentary Transportation
Living in an independent living community doesn’t mean your loved one is required to give up their car. They may choose to drive their own car or leave the driving to someone else. Senior living communities usually offer complimentary transportation. Holiday independent living communities provide free transportation to shopping, errands, appointments, and community excursions.
As we age, our risk for car accidents increases. Senior living residents have peace of mind knowing that if they stop driving, they’re already set up with transportation for all of their local needs.
The Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living
Many people get confused about the difference between independent living and assisted living. One key difference is in the level of care provided.
Assisted living community staff help with personal care like dressing, bathing, and administering medication. There’s staff onsite around the clock. Some of these communities have a physician or physician’s assistant residents can use for an extra cost.
Assisted living communities are not healthcare facilities. They do not directly provide medical care or rehabilitation for people with health conditions. Seniors who need regular assistance with a medical condition live in a nursing home. Those with Alzheimer’s or cognitive issues typically live in a memory care unit. Some assisted living facilities include a memory care unit.
Independent living communities do not provide help with personal care. Rent goes toward housing, meals, utilities, maintenance, transportation, activities, and events. Residents who need extra help with daily tasks can use home health aides. These are outside providers that assist with bathing, dressing, managing medication, and other daily tasks. One benefit of going this route is your loved one only pays for the assistance they need rather than paying a set monthly amount regardless of your loved ones level of care.
How Much Does Independent Living Cost?
The average monthly rent for independent living communities is $2,800, but varies widely by location and amenities.They are usually more affordable than assisted living, which averages around $4,000 a month. Independent living communities are less expensive because rent doesn’t account for help with daily activities like dressing and bathing. Residents can use outside providers for assistance, hiring them for as much or as little time as needed.
How To Pay for Independent Living?
People typically pay for senior living with funds from real estate, social security, and savings. Some will use bridge loans to help cover gaps between selling a home and moving into an independent living community. Loved ones sometimes chip in money if funds fall short. Many senior living residents are surprised how bundled bills can actually save them money in the long run.
Is Independent Living Right For My Loved One?
If you’re unsure if an independent living community is the right option for your loved one, consider these factors:
Privacy is important to your loved one, but they also like the option to socialize with friends whenever they choose.
Your loved one likes the idea of letting someone else take care of grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and maintenance, so they can focus on other things.
Your loved one doesn't need help with personal care like bathing, dressing, and taking medications (Though, they can always use a home health aide to help with these tasks.).
Writing one check a month that covers rent, meals, utilities, maintenance, transportation, and activities appeals to your loved one.
Your loved one likes the option to drive their own car, or take complimentary transportation to errands, appointments, shopping, and errands.
Your loved one is looking for more peace of mind when it comes to safety around potential falls, emergencies, severe weather, and cleaning.
See for Yourself
Consider taking a tour of an independent living community to get a feel for what it’s all about. There’s no obligation to sign a lease. A virtual or in-person tour gives you a chance to view apartments, common areas, and get all of your questions answered.
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