Independent living for seniors is a broad category of housing and care options suited to older people who require no more than limited supervision and assistance with daily functioning. These services can be delivered by an independent provider, such as an assisted-living facility, or by the person’s family members. The cost of independent living services varies according to the level of care provided, as do eligibility criteria for admission.
The growing senior population in North America is placing increasing demands on governments throughout Canada and the U.S. for residential options for older people. In addition, the high costs associated with both memory care and nursing home care are making many seniors and their families consider alternative living arrangements.
Independent living is an option for seniors who want to age in place without requiring full-time nursing or personal support services; it represents a compromise between independent living and assisted living. In a senior’s residence, residents are typically independent and self-sufficient but may be able to receive help with meals, housekeeping, grocery shopping and other activities of daily living. Common facilities that may be provided are a communal kitchen and dining room, a lounge area complete with television, laundry services, common bathrooms and linen service. In some cases, residents may have their own private washing machine and dryer. A personal care assistance option is also available for those seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and grooming.
Independent living for seniors is also an option for seniors who do not wish to live in a nursing home or institutional facility but do require help with the activities of daily living. Independent living is an ideal alternative for seniors who want to remain in their communities. Independent living for seniors offers the availability of a variety of services such as meal programs, housekeeping and personal care assistance.
Independent living is a popular alternative to moving into assisted-living facilities or nursing homes. Over 1 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 69 years old live independently in their own homes.
There are a variety of independent living options. Individual residential care is typically provided by a self-directed organization such as a home owner’s association or condominium association. A senior may choose to live independently in a private room or in shared accommodations, such as at an apartment complex, senior citizen residence or adult foster care. Independent living also includes rental properties and housing facilities belonging to social service agencies.
Those who desire independent living often look for property that offers common facilities such as an isolation room, a dining room, a kitchen and a lounge area. Accommodations also may include amenities such as a television, internet access and personal care assistance.