Choosing an Independent or Retirement Housing Community
What is Independent Living? Senior care offering an “apartment style” setting and limited assistance are called Independent Living Communities or Retirement Communities. Many Independent Living communities have a shared dining room where most of the residents go to for all their meals.
Depending on the community and state regulations, there may or may not be limited care services available for the residents. Sometimes in a retirement housing community, residents are allowed to hire private care-giving services if they have needs for “hands-on” care.
Overall, this apartment style setting is more for active seniors who may benefit from increased socialization.
This is my story
“After dad died we noticed mom getting a little down. We didn’t want to label it as depression but we felt that it was time for her to get more involved. When dad was alive she and him were always busy with social events. Mom gets along pretty well for someone 75 years old, so she didn’t need a nursing home or assisted living. We started looking for a different level of care and found it in Independent Living. It was exactly what mom needed. That was 6 months ago and mom is feeling so much better. She is even captain of her bridge club. Independent Living fit her needs and also fit her budget. I would recommend this kind of move to anyone that is in a situation like mom was”.