Senior apartments are apartments designed for older adults who are totally independent, but want to live in a home designed for easy living. These communities also typically offer social activities and amenities that cater to a specific age group.
Certain apartment complexes may or may not have minimum age restrictions; those that do usually request that at least one person in each residence meets the minimum age requirement – often between ages 55-62.
Senior apartment living is not the same as independent living, as it tends to have less services built into the pricing structure; however, independent living communities do frequently have apartments as a housing option. Some senior apartments may be tax credit, income restricted, or subsidized.
Senior apartments are low-maintenance and designed for ease of living. Units typically have 1-2 bedrooms, and can vary in size from small to over 2,000 square feet. They include all of the comforts of home, plus additional features built into the design of both the units and buildings, such as:
Additionally, these apartment communities are typically located near shopping centers, hospitals, and public transportation for easy access to outside services. They also sometimes offer onsite community amenities that promote leisure and social engagement, including:
And as with any apartment, residents can come and go at their convenience.
Designed similarly to other apartment complexes, senior apartments have the added benefits of special features and community engagement. They aim to foster a more carefree lifestyle, while allowing residents to maintain full independence.
There are many opportunities to meet new people and stay active in the community. Many senior apartment complexes also offer organized activities, which sometimes have an additional fee, for example:
Monthly fees often include:
Many senior apartment communities also allow pets.
Monthly rent for senior apartments is generally in line with local rates for other apartments, rental condominiums, and townhomes in the area. However, rent costs may vary based on the amenities and activities that are included. And as with any home, costs will fluctuate depending on factors such as:
Consider these statements:
If most or all of the above statements apply to you, then a Senior Apartment may be a good option. You could also consider the following living options:
If you need a bit more help with day-to-day living, some more supportive options may be a good fit for you:
If you need more hands-on care, the following options may be a better fit for you:
Still not sure? Take our Care Assessment to see what care level may be best.
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