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Senior Apartment vs Independent Retirement Community

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An understanding of the difference between a senior apartment and an independent retirement community will help you to make the right decision for both the short and long term. For many seniors, the right setting can provide an exciting opportunity to continue enjoying retirement to the fullest.

Senior Apartments

One difference between a senior apartment and an independent retirement community is that senior apartments are designed for convenience. They often offer an easier lifestyle for an older adult since there is no more yard work and household repairs. And because senior apartments are age restricted, older adults are surrounded by people of similar age and interests. Typically senior apartment complexes offer limited organized social activities and very few additional services. 

Independent Retirement Communities 

Independent senior retirement communities are the right choice for someone who wants to avoid another move. A senior retirement community offers all the same advantages of a senior apartment, but then build upon that. They start by offering services that will enhance quality of life and allow an individual to remain independent for a longer period of time.

Services at an independent retirement community typically include:

  • meals
  • transportation
  • housekeeping
  • laundry service
  • social and educational activities
  • a 24-hour emergency help call system
  • access to additional care in case there is a health change

Private Apartments in Independent Retirement Community Living

Independent retirement communities offer a variety of apartments ranging from cost-effective studios to one and two-bedrooms. This style of living is designed for someone who is independent, but would enjoy easy access to dining, and to lifestyle programming that allows them to stay involved and connected.

Staff on Duty

Because of all the additional services and conveniences available, independent living communities will be staffed at much higher levels than apartment complexes. And as a result of the additional services and amenities, you will find the monthly cost of an independent living community will be more than the rent in a senior apartment complex where there are no services.