Independent Living


Independent living is basically any living situation put together for the purposes of catering to seniors usually over the age of 55. This kind of living arrangement differs in style and size. For the most part, the construction of the house, and the layout, is designed with the older individual in mind making it easier to get around the house and the surroundings outside.

There are many names that come with independent living facilities, for example:

  • Retirement Homes
  • Senior Housing
  • Senior Apartments
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
  • Board and Care
  • Community Based Retirement Facilities
  • Personal Care
  • Adult Living Facilities
  • Adult Foster Care
  • Adult Homes
  • Congregate Care
  • Adult Congregate Living Care
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Supportive Care
  • Enhanced Care
  • Sheltered Housing and Elder Care Homes

The major differentiating factor that separates independent living facilities from other types of Senior Housing lifestyle options is the level of care and assistance offered for daily living activities. If your loved one needs continual assistance with dressing themselves, feeding, washing, using the restroom, needs regular daily medical attention independent living is not going to be the best option. Assisted Living Services Of Florida at that point would suggest looking into alternative options like assisted living or nursing homes.

Independent living places are found in a variety of forms and costs. Subsidized senior housing are supported by the U.S. government for seniors that may not have a large enough income to afford any other care. Senior apartments have age restrictions, normally 55 and older, where rent can incorporate many parts of daily and social living such as recreation, transportation, and meals. Retirement communities are for those over the age of 55, and can come in the form of regular types of housing. Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer all three levels of care including independent and assisted, with the ability to move into a nursing home environment if the time ever arises.

Learn about other lifestyle options or Alzheimers Care next.