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Independent Living vs. Senior Apartments: What You Should Know

Senior couple enjoying all independent living communities have to offer.

For many seniors, finding the right setting to enjoy retirement can be an exciting opportunity. However, it can also be one of the most important decisions for both short- and long-term happiness. With all the options available to seniors, including senior apartments and independent living communities, the search for a new place to call home can quickly become daunting.

Luckily, we’ve done the research for you on the two most popular options for seniors so you can make an informed decision that will give you peace of mind and a new lease on life.

What Senior Apartments Have to Offer

Active adult communities, or senior apartments, are usually age-restricted to adults over the age of 55 years old. They are designed to offer a level of convenience and freedom for empty-nesters or seniors looking to downsize.

The appeal is that it allows seniors to maintain their current level of independence while also providing a greater opportunity to meet individuals within their age group. Most often, this type of living arrangement appeals to seniors who are looking to

The biggest perks of senior apartments include:

  • Townhouses and apartments are designed with seniors in mind
  • Create a social community of peers
  • Safety and security
  • Low-maintenance living
  • Senior-focused amenities

What Independent Living Communities Have to Offer

Unlike senior apartments, independent living communities are designed to grow alongside you throughout your retirement years. So, while your needs may be minimal at first, an independent living community can continue to support you as things arise in a way that allows you to keep living life to the fullest.

A senior living community offers all the same advantages as a senior apartment with added benefits that can increase the quality of life in your retirement years, including activities and amenities alongside a continuum of care. An independent living community provides more than just a place to live; it offers you a place to call home and grow with you.

Just some of the unique differentiators of independent living communities include:

  • Three nutritious meals a day
  • Reliable transportation options
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Coordinated activities and outings
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance services
  • Guest suites
  • Fitness center
  • Senior-focused amenities
  • Peace of mind that future healthcare needs will be met
  • Warm water pools
  • Movie theaters

When is the Right Time to Make the Move?

Everyone is different. What may feel right for you might feel completely different for someone else. It’s important to take your time and make the right decision about your future so that you can make one move that will keep you happy and comfortable for the rest of your life. Choose the option that will give you the most opportunities to meet new people, that will make you feel welcomed with open arms, and that will support you in a way that helps you find greater purpose in retirement.

Live Life to the Fullest at Heritage Senior Living

For active seniors looking to live fulfilling lives while surrounded by new friends, Heritage Senior Living is here for you. Our low-maintenance living options are designed to give you more time to explore what interests you in a way that leaves you feeling fulfilled and hopeful about the future. Contact us today to learn more about our senior living options and to schedule a tour.

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