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Independent Living for Seniors: Understanding Your Options

There was a time when younger people dominated the world. But in a few years, history will be made when the older population will be more than the younger generation.


With the baby boomers reaching late adulthood, the world is definitely aging and with it are the many concerns for seniors, one of which is where to live.


As people age, their needs also change due to restrictions brought about by health conditions or just the fact that they’re not as active and mobile as they used to be. But the good thing is, there are several options for independent living for seniors depending on what their specific needs are:



Senior Apartment


Also known as an independent living community, a senior apartment is typically a part of a senior facility that offers different types of care to the elderly including assisted living, skilled nursing care, memory care and independent living for seniors.


This type of housing option is perfect for seniors who are still active but don’t want to think about the basic chores anymore. Senior apartments usually promote the maintenance-free lifestyle where usual activities like doing the laundry, cleaning the house and arranging for transportation are already taken care of by the facility. Residents even have the option to eat in the communal space if they don’t want to cook their own meals.


Seniors living in this type of accommodation are usually aiming for independent living but they also want assistance to be easily accessible whenever they need it. Senior apartments are safety and security measures that allow residents to enjoy their facilities without worrying about any dangers.



Retirement Community


For individuals looking for independent living for seniors with the least amount of services available, a retirement community is one of the best options out there. This type of living option is basically like a neighborhood where active and independent seniors live harmoniously with people within their age group.


When a senior resides in a retirement community, he will be responsible for almost all the tasks in his residence including cleaning, doing the laundry and cooking meals. Grounds maintenance is usually the only service offered in a retirement community, but residents can still enjoy amenities like a fitness center, clubhouse, swimming pool, and even its own restaurant.



Low-Income Housing


Designed specifically for low-income seniors, this type of housing option is quite similar to a senior apartment. The only difference is the rent where low-income housing usually costs a lot lower because it is subsidized or supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


There are certain requirements for a senior to qualify for low-income housing and it’s not uncommon to have a waitlist since these housing programs attract more applications because of their lower rental cost.



Knowing the Right Option for your Loved One


Independent living for seniors varies because each elderly individual has specific needs and preferences. So before you decide on the right option for your loved one, make sure that you consider things like comfort, safety and most importantly, cost so you can really let him enjoy the best quality of life without the burden of hefty expenses in the long run.


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