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Senior Independent Living is catch-all term to describe the services and specialization common to Retirement Communities, Retirement Homes, Senior Apartments and Independent Living Communities. All these housing options are designed specifically for healthy independent adults. Candidates who might benefit the most are those who want to maintain an active lifestyle with the same recreational, cultural and social activities they enjoyed while living at home, but without the housekeeping and home-maintenance hassles of home ownership.

Senior independent living benefits often come with additional common space amenities like swimming pools, spas or sauna; cardio and weight training facilities, a clubhouse or lounge available for parties, and libraries or book exchange programs open to all. Community benefits may also include laundry facilities, linen service, meals or access to meals, and local transportation services, but often these are a la carte, and residents will pay extra monthly fees or a per use charge for each service.

One service senior independent living communities don\'t provide is health aide assistance with activities of daily living. This is the key difference between independent living and assisted living. An assisted living center offers health aide assistance available 24-hours, will also provide, in their base monthly service, a least two daily meals, daily resident check-in systems, weekly housekeeping services, and medication management.


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A senior independent living community may offer some of these benefits for an extra monthly fee, but health aides and medication management are considered healthcare, and independent living is not designed to deliver healthcare.

One workable solution to this limitation is for residents to contract with a private in-home health aide agency. Going this route will cost around $21 per hour for a health aide to meet the resident in their condo and provide requested assistance with household routines like bathing, dressing, transfers and administration of prescription medicines.

When evaluating an adult care home, research the provider’s credentials and background as well as observe if they are kind, compassionate individuals. Do they provide a true family environment in a residential neighborhood? Another tip is to look for an adult care home where the residents are satisfied and the resident and his or her family members are invited to join in a partnership with the family.

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