WHAT IS INDEPENDENT LIVING?

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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.

COMMON QUESTIONS

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WHEN SHOULD WE CONSIDER INDEPENDENT LIVING FOR MY LOVED ONE?

An Independent Living community is for those seniors who can care for themselves but are needing more socialization with others.  There are several things to consider to understand when Independent Living may be a benefit for your loved one(s).  A tall tale sign is a sudden or gradual decline in socialization.

Friends move away or pass away leaving your parent(s) feeling isolated or depressed.  A lack of socialization has been linked to elderly depression.  Sometimes with those feelings seniors tend to be less active in the community.  You may notice them driving less than they used to, or not going to the bank or shopping as much.

These feelings could also explain why they could be missing doctor appointments or are late for activities that they have planned.

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN INDEPENDENT LIVING?

Independent Living brings with it a “hassle-free” life.  No more raking leaves or taking out the garbage.  Some Independent Living communities offer housekeeping, medication reminders and dining services.  Socialization with others is the huge benefit of this level of senior living.

WHAT IS THE COST OF INDEPENDENT LIVING?

Independent Living prices vary greatly based on the number of services that are offered.  The national average for senior independent living is $2,750 per month.  Some communities can be less without added services, while high end independent living with all the “bells and whistles” can be upwords of $9,000 or more per month.  Your CarePatrol Local Advisor can direct you to an Independent Living community to meet all your needs and price points.

An Independent Living community is for those seniors who can care for themselves but are needing more socialization with others.  There are several things to consider to understand when Independent Living may be a benefit for your loved one(s).  A tall tale sign is a sudden or gradual decline in socialization.

Friends move away or pass away leaving your parent(s) feeling isolated or depressed.  A lack of socialization has been linked to elderly depression.  Sometimes with those feelings seniors tend to be less active in the community.  You may notice them driving less than they used to, or not going to the bank or shopping as much.

These feelings could also explain why they could be missing doctor appointments or are late for activities that they have planned.

Independent Living brings with it a “hassle-free” life.  No more raking leaves or taking out the garbage.  Some Independent Living communities offer housekeeping, medication reminders and dining services.  Socialization with others is the huge benefit of this level of senior living.

Independent Living prices vary greatly based on the number of services that are offered.  The national average for senior independent living is $2,750 per month.  Some communities can be less without added services, while high end independent living with all the “bells and whistles” can be upwords of $9,000 or more per month.  Your CarePatrol Local Advisor can direct you to an Independent Living community to meet all your needs and price points.

Recent Independent Living Articles

When You Need Help

-CarePatrol Team Member

In June 2013, I found myself needing to move my dad from the Independent living facility that he had been living in for almost 2.5 years to a higher leve...

What Does a Senior Placement Service Do?

-Lynn Hunsaker , CSA

Two years ago, I got the unwanted news that my dad needed to move to a place where he could get a higher level of care—the independent living community...