Independent Living can be a great option for seniors who want the benefits of not having to maintain a house, do yard work, cook, and those who have had to give up driving. Independent Living Communities typically offer three meals a day, no-maintenance fees, transportation to doctor’s offices and shopping as well as activities. Most communities offer washer and dryer facilities but you typically do your own laundry or hire a third party to help with it. Residents in most communities also have access to third parties and agencies to help with some activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing or medication reminders for those who have slightly more care needs. Many communities also offer pull cords or other emergency response systems. Most communities have someone available to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day. Loneliness can be a big problem as we age; Independent Living is a great way to provide much needed socialization even if no other care needs are present.
Senior Apartments are another type of independent living arrangement. However, they do not typically offer the amenities that are offered in Independent Living communities. Some do have common rooms for social activities and most also have third parties that offer additional care, but meals and transportation are typically not included in the monthly rent. There are senior apartments that are subsidized and typically rent for about 30% of a person’s income if the person meets the income limitations. Age restriction is typically 55+ or 62+ depending on the community and what government program they are participating in.
Boarding houses are typically homes that have been converted to allow 2 or more independent seniors to live together in a home setting rather than a commercial or apartment setting.
Alternatives to Independent Living
Companies that deliver excellent care such as Always Best Care of the Midlands are available to provide care in your home or in most communities.
How is Independent Living different than Assisted Living?
Independent Living does not offer special diets or restricting food choices for those who should be on special diets. They are not licensed, inspected or regulated by the state in any way. Residents are free to come and go at will in independent living communities and many residents bring their cars with them when they move in. If you need additional care, you will contract with a third party to provide that care in the community.
What kind of care do people get in Independent Living?
Independent Living, Senior Apartments and Boarding Houses are not licensed to provide any care. However, most communities do allow third party agencies to come in and provide care, just as if the resident was still living in a private home.
What kind of Independent Communities are available in Columbia and Lexington?
The communities range in size from high rises to classic Victorians. Rooms vary from studios to one and two bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Many families are surprised to find the wide range of choices available in our area.
How do I know what type of community my loved one needs?
The best way is to give us a call (803) 667-4400. We want to know what is going on with your loved one BEFORE we make a recommendation. That way you don’t end up running all over town looking at the wrong type of communities or communities that are not in your budget.[hs_action id=”2298, 2257, 2237″]