The Best of Both Worlds: Aging Independently in a Community

When it comes to long-term care and aging well, there are many different options available for seniors. Seniors with extensive medical needs may require the services of a nursing home, but more mobile seniors can live in assisted living communities, at home with an in-home caregiver, or with family members. Another option is living in an independent senior community. Independent communities continue to provide staff help and social opportunities for seniors, but allow for individual private apartments and living spaces. For a healthy, mobile senior who doesn't want or need to stay in a home, independent communities can be an attractive alternative. 


Independent Communities: How Are They Different?

Independent communities are not nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Both nursing homes and assisted living typically provide a greater level of medical care and have more medical staff on hand. Seniors may live closer together and in different arrangements. In independent communities, seniors live in their own apartments and have their own kitchens. Independent communities typically have more activities and social programs for active seniors, as well as a wider variety of recreational facilities.

Consider The Options Available in the Community

Independent communities can offer a wide range of services, and not all are created the same. Consider what you are looking for when you search for one: are your priorities medical care, activity and fitness, social programs, or ease of living amenities? Some communities will be more focused on one over another. Make sure they have the kind of amenities you are looking for.

For more information on how to choose an independent community, check out this guide written by The Arbor Company, an LSIN partner: "Everything You Need To Know About Independent Living."

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