What Is Independent Senior Living?
Whether you’re ready to help your loved one begin the next transition in their life or simply looking for some information for a loved one, it’s important to be aware of all the options available for senior living. Some people’s minds are quick to imagine dreary, hospital-like environments when thinking of retirement communities, but communities today are a far cry from the few choices once available. Now, senior living takes on a variety of different forms that each allow seniors to maintain independence without having to worry about mundane daily tasks.
At its core, residing in an independent senior living community is similar to living in a house, apartment, or anywhere else. The biggest (and most enticing) difference is in how these communities streamline and simplify many day-to-day parts of living. Instead of spending their golden years caring for a home and yard, cooking meals, running errands, and completing chores, residents in independent senior living communities can devote their time to, well, whatever they’d like. It’s an environment well-suited for reflection, relaxation, and recreation.
Independent Living Communities
Holiday Retirement independent senior housing communities are found throughout the entire country, allowing seniors to choose a home close to loved ones or make sweeping changes in a new environment in a new state. Regardless of where you go, your housing options are numerous.
Our residents can choose from senior independent living apartments, with studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom offerings available. Many locations also offer private cottages, allowing seniors to continue having an expansive, house-like living space with all the amenities of home.
Senior living is not just about having a place to sleep, however. We believe social interaction and fostering a sense of community are incredibly important parts of senior independence, so we go above and beyond to ensure our residents have many opportunities to create new friendships, enjoy recreational activities together, and share quality time with one another. Many of our residents participate in social clubs and teams, such as bowling leagues, knitting groups, fitness classes, live music and entertainment, and much more. At a Holiday Retirement community, there’s always something to do.
Common Questions About Senior Living Retirement Communities
When thinking about making such a life-changing decision for a loved one, it’s normal to be full of questions. Our representatives are available to answer any questions you may have, whether you call, email, or simply walk into your local Holiday Retirement senior living community. These helpful representatives can provide you with more individualized answers that look at your specific needs and concerns.
However, there are some basic questions about senior living homes that we receive quite often, so the following will cover topics such as amenities, levels of assistance, financial obligations, and other important details.
What’s Covered in Our Independent Senior Living Communities
At our senior living communities, residents make a single, monthly payment that covers every part of their stay — from housing costs to chef-prepared meals to the wide array of activities to enjoy. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the senior lifestyle, but we make sure all residents have a hassle-free foundation from which they can flourish.
In our independent senior living communities, a resident’s monthly fee pays for:
A complimentary transportation service
Comprehensive cleaning services for housing units and shared spaces
Games and activities, events, outings, clubs, and other recreational pastimes
Active senior living programs, including yoga, meditation, and other relaxing forms of exercise
Independent Living vs. Assisted Living
There are a few key differences between independent living and assisted living residences. Also known as “active senior living communities,” independent living environments house seniors who require little to no daily care. Assisted-living communities, however, are typically reserved for seniors who require additional medical assistance or support in daily tasks. Our communities are unique in that they allow seniors to begin their stay in active senior living apartments, later transitioning to assisted living programs if they require some extra help.
Regardless, our communities provide a solid foundation for senior living that allows residents to take on as much — or as little — responsibility as they’d like. If they wish, seniors can continue a life of independence doing tasks they may enjoy, such as cooking their own meals, laundering their own clothes, and driving their own vehicles.
Staying Social in the COVID Era
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many Americans live their day-to-day lives, and senior living communities are no different. Since many of our residents are in heightened risk categories due to older age or chronic medical conditions, we have gone to great lengths to keep everyone in our communities as safe as possible. Many residents have chosen to remain home instead of traveling as they normally would, so we’ve made sure to provide even more ways for seniors to stay social and involved within the community.
Again, we believe that social interaction is important for bolstering mental health, preventing cognitive decline, and improving wellbeing in older adults. Seniors who are taking extra precautions in these uncertain times still need to have a way to remain social. We of course provide masks and other sanitary measures to our residents and ensure that our communities are regularly sanitized and cleaned; however, we now also provide services for virtual communication, video calls, socially distant gatherings, and more.
How to Pay for Independent Senior Living
Perhaps one of the most common questions we receive is, “What are the costs of independent senior living?” It’s a concern that weighs heavily on the minds of many seniors and their families, so we work hard to ensure that all these concerns are addressed. Fortunately, independent communities are typically on the affordable side of senior living costs. Additionally, there are several housing options for seniors to choose from, which can help to lower costs further.
Residents pay for their stay through a variety of approaches; many have sold their homes, using the proceeds for monthly rent at Holiday Retirement. Many also put a portion of their Social Security income toward payments, and others redeem personal savings accounts like 401(k)s, IRAs, money markets, and CDs.
We believe affordable senior living should be accessible to anyone looking to transition toward a calmer way of daily life. We are always happy to speak with you to determine the best options available to you, as well as come up with solutions that can make independent senior living a very real possibility.
Questions to Ask an Independent Living Community
Even if your loved one has already decided to make the transition, the biggest decision still awaits — where will they choose to live? Homes for independent living are varied, with each having its own tenant rules and guidelines in place. As such, there are a few questions you’ll want to make sure to ask. These include:
Can my loved one bring their pets?
What are your policies on having visitors?
What is the average age of senior residents?
What types of meals are served, and how often?
What emergency protocols are in place?
What kinds of activities does your community have?
What amenities do you offer?
Will my loved one need to clean, do their own laundry, cook, etc.?
How much can my loved one personalize my housing unit?
How much can my loved one expect for monthly costs?
Independent Senior Living Near Me
Holiday Retirement communities are located throughout the entire United States, with each location offering its own unique amenities, services, and culture. If you are looking for additional independent living resources or to find out more about our communities, reach out to one of our helpful representatives today.
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