Independent Living vs. Retirement Communities
What Is Independent Living?
What Independent Living Offers
What Is a Retirement Community?
Understanding the Differences
Both options offer great lifestyle opportunities for older adults including programming, events, and social connections. The major difference between the two options is access to care and the services provided.
Access to care
Independent living communities often offer safety and security features, such as a 24-hour medical alert system and emergency response programs in each residence. Additionally, these communities can operate as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), which provide a full slate of care offerings. This way, residents can access additional care options if their medical or lifestyle needs change.
Independent living offers a suite of services that are not available in traditional retirement communities. While retirement communities feature HOAs that provide services such as lawn care at an additional cost, independent living communities may cover all services including landscaping, housekeeping, transportation, and even dining. Independent living communities are staffed with team members who are there to make residents’ lives as hassle-free as possible.