Independent Senior Housing apartments range in pricing and amenities. Most apartments require a resident to be 55 or older, some require the resident to be 62 or older and a few may allow for 50 and over. These communities provide a safe residential environment that are equipped with amenities such as handrails in the bathroom and 24/7 emergency call systems. Independent Senior apartments do not provide their residents with any personal care, such as assistance bathing or dressing, but may have amenities included in the rent that assist seniors with their activities of daily living. Some of these amenities may be: transportation to doctors and grocery stores, cleaning services, activities and meals. Some communities have none of these amenities and some have all of the amenities listed.
The cost of Independent Senior Apartments ranges greatly. The least expensive senior apartments are the Subsidized Rental Housing which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). There are two types of subsidies; both are for lower income seniors, but one allows for a higher income than the other. Some subsidized apartments are called tax-subsidized and are a set monthly price that includes utilities. Others are 30% of a senior’s monthly income. These apartments often have lengthy waiting lists, so it is wise to plan ahead if you believe you will income qualify.
There are also “market rate” senior apartments and senior living communities that range in cost from approximately $700 per month all the way to over $3000 per month in the Capital Region. Of course the size of the apartments and the amenities included in the rent factor into the cost. The more expensive apartments will usually include amenities such as; activities, transportation, cleaning service, and possibly meals. Again, these apartments do not offer any personal care included in the rent. If that were needed the senior would have to hire a home care agency or get help from family or friends.
Finding an Independent Living Community That’s Right for You or Your Loved One
Before you start your search for an independent living community for seniors, ask yourself a few key questions about what you are looking for, what you need to know, what your ideal outcome would be a year after move-in, how you will the evaluate the cost of living in an independent living community, and how you will make the distinction between price and value. And always, contact your local Choice Connections Certified Senior Housing Specialist. Our service is FREE and we will walk you through the maze of senior housing options and personally guide you every step of the way.
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