Senior Independent Living New York
Independent living communities are senior-only housing communities that may be comprised of houses, townhouses or apartments and may or may not offer hospitality or supportive services. Many offer “resort hotel” living type arrangements. As with other residential categories, a variety of recreational, educational and social activities are often offered. In general this type of housing is friendlier to older adults, often more compact with easier navigation. Housekeeping and restaurant style dining are common amenities, which may be offered at an additional cost or included within the monthly rent. The range of home care and medical services offered varies depending on the facility. Independent living communities can be very similar in appearance to assisted living communities, the difference being that residents in independent living communities usually don’t need assistance with everyday tasks.
Some additional features of independent living residences include the following:
- Typically, if residents need extra help with their daily living activities, they may privately contract with an agency to provide care services.
- Constructed for a physically safer environment, i.e., handrails in the bathrooms, 24-hour emergency response systems, building generators in the event of a power failure.
- Designed for independent and active adults who have few or no health care needs but who choose to downsize from their current homes.
- Built to accommodate an active senior lifestyle by providing recreational, educational and social activities such as exercise classes, guest speakers and organized outings.
- Also referred to as ‘senior housing’, ‘active lifestyle communities,’ ‘retirement communities’ and ‘senior living communities.’
When choosing an independent living community, there are several things to keep in mind:
The People: No matter what type of independent living facility you consider, you want to make sure you connect with peers and feel comfortable in the community. When you visit the area, talk with some of the residents. Are they people you’d like to know better? Are some of your favorite hobbies or activities available? Are support services timely, with staff friendly and accessible?
Size and Location: There is no set size for an independent living community, so it’s really your preference. Do you prefer a smaller size community, or a busier place with more people and opportunities for socialization? Are you comfortable with more compact apartment-style living, or is having a detached home with easy access the ultimate goal? Be sure to visit several communities to get a sense of what is comfortable to you. Location is another consideration. Some popular retirement/independent living areas are in warmer states such as Arizona, California, and Florida. However, consider carefully if you are prepared to move a considerable distance. It does mean developing a new support network if you don’t have family and friends close by, as well as finding new medical care.
Accessibility: Take a look at how accessible the community is, both inside and outside. Do you feel safe coming and going at different hours of the day? Are facilities outside of the community within walking distance, or do you need transportation like a car or cart to get around? How easy is it to get to services such as a common dining hall or recreation center? In your potential housing unit, get a feel for future adaptability. Are there any stairs inside the unit or outside? Can ramps be added if necessary? Check to see if adaptive devices like grab bars can be easily installed in bathrooms.
Community Resources and Support: With so much variation in services, think about which are most important to you in an independent living facility. Also, consider services that you may find useful in the future. For example, if you value exercise, consider a community with an exercise area, pool, or fitness classes. You may like cooking your meals now but want the option for communal meals in the future. Prioritizing the services you want also helps you budget appropriately, since the more services a community offers the higher the cost may be.
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