What is the difference between an over-55 community and an independent living community?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Senior living has come a long way from the nursing homes of old, bringing lots of choices, but also some confusion. Some options, like over 55 communities and independent living communities, are very similar, but there are subtle differences between the two.

    Over 55 communities, also known as 55+ communities or active adult communities are relative newcomers to the senior living landscape. This housing option is targeted to seniors who are in their early years of retirement and are still very active and independent. Over 55 communities offer a luxurious, low-maintenance lifestyle in single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, or duplexes located on one property or campus. The units may be privately or corporately owned and operated, or they may be part of a senior living provider's spectrum of housing options. Obviously, residents must be 55 or older to move in.

    Comparatively speaking, the population is usually more mature in independent living communities. And, while independent living is for seniors who do not need assistance with activities of daily living, some independent living communities do offer access to services typically provided by a third party as a resident's needs arise. Independent living communities may also offer laundry and housekeeping services, social outings and events, fitness facilities, and meal plans.

    Whichever option you choose, rest assured that both types of communities offer freedom as well as socialization with those of a similar age– providing an excellent lifestyle choice for the most independent seniors. Good luck!

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