You’ve probably driven by dozens of independent living communities and not even known it. Independent living communities are generally age restricted to those 62 years of age or older. The community could be setup to look like individual single family homes, town homes, or more commonly apartment communities.
Each resident has their own apartment that can range in size from a small studio to large 3-bedroom unit. As the name implies, these communities are for those who are independent in their Activities of Daily Living (ADL’S) but may require some support with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s).
ADL’s are generally understood to be:
- Functional Mobility
- Personal Hygiene
- Showering and/or Bathing
IADL’s include, but are not limited to:
- Housekeeping, laundry and other home chores
- Money Management
- Meal Preparation
- Moving/Changing Residences
- Shopping for groceries and other necessities
- Medication management (note: Most independent living communities will require residents to contract out to third parties for medication management services)
- Using the telephone or computer
Below is a list of services generally offered by independent living communities.
Meal Services (included in rent)
Housekeeping Services (included in rent)
Laundry Services (included in rent)
Telephone, Internet/Cable (included in rent)
Utility Services (included in rent)
Wellness Check Systems (included in rent)
Daily Activities (included in rent)
Scheduled Transportation within a 10 mile radius (included in rent)
Independent Living Communities are best suited for those that live at home alone or with a spouse and are struggling to keep up with day-to-day home chores, meal preparation or shopping and would like the ease of one monthly bill that covers all their basic needs. Some are able to keep up with all of these daily tasks but simply prefer the rich social opportunities in these communities.
Prices for Independent Living Communities range from as low as $900/month all the way up to $5,000+/month. As in the community at large, pricing generally reflects the location, housing quality and amenities available.
It is important to note that if you need a community that provides assistance with ADL’s, then Assisted Living would be a better fit. Many Independent Living Communities offer Assisted Living on-site.
If you are unclear on if Independent Living or Assisted Living is the best fit, speak with your Care Advocate.