Families have many decisions to make during a senior care search. With so many options available in the U.S., it’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed. We created this Guide to Senior Housing and care to empower families with current market information so they may act as strong advocates for their aging loved ones. With the right information and resources, you’ll be better prepared to make informed and confident choices for your family.
Senior Living Communities
Independent senior living communities cater to seniors who are self-sufficient and who do not need hands-on care. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments that typically include a kitchenette, and sometimes a full kitchen. These communities usually offer a broad range of intellectual, physical and social activities.
Retirement Community Costs
Independent senior living costs vary depending on the size of the apartment and the geographic location of the community. According to Genworth.com, the average cost of a one-bedroom, independent living or retirement community in the U.S. in 2014 was $2,750 per month, although communities that are less hospitality oriented can cost significantly less.
Senior apartments have a minimum age for residents (usually 55 or 62). A few basic services may be offered, such as transportation and housekeeping, but residents are generally independent and self-reliant. Senior apartments, like other senior living types, vary greatly in price. Some senior apartments are subsidized, and have low rent, or rent that is calculated based on a percentage of the resident’s incomes. Other senior apartments can be posh and luxurious. Whether affordable or upscale, they generally offer a quiet living option for seniors who are independent, but who prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of family apartments.
Costs & Services Offered
All-inclusive utilities (usually excepting telephone and cable)
On-site beauty salons and barber shops
Restaurant-style, chef-prepared meals in a community dining room
Exercise and activity programs
Maintenance repairs, including appliance, safety and living repairs and updates
Housekeeping, including laundering of linens and towels
Scheduled transportation for shopping, medical and off-site activities
Activities, entertainment and events
*According to Genworth.com, the average cost of a 1-bedroom, independent living or retirement community in the U.S.