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What is Senior Independent Living?
When a senior chooses an independent living facility, he or she has the physical and mental capacity to live independently, but wants companionship from others his/her age. These communities usually have a robust schedule of activities, field trips, special speakers, etc. to engage the residents daily.
Independent living costs can vary by retirement community, based on the size of the apartment, geographical location of the community and the services offered at the community. Often times there is a basic rate that covers all independent living services, with an additional fee for special services and outings. Many people utilize caregivers to remain in independent. I know many services that provide caregivers in the home in Houston to accomplish this goal, but caregivers are everywhere and can be found on our website under private duty, in home care.
Here are some typical services included in independent living facilities:
- Monthly rent and all-inclusive utilities, except local telephone services and cable
- One to three restaurant-style, chef-prepared meals in a community dining room
- Maintenance repairs, including appliance, safety and living repairs and updates
- Housekeeping, including laundering of linens and towels
- Weekly, socially-engaging activities
- Transportation for shopping, medical and off-site activities
It's important to ask each community about their individual costs and services, as they can vary by community. For example, concierge and guest services may include an additional cost. Generally, using caregivers in the home setting will be an extra charge.
In the US the federal government provides subsidies for certain senior living complexes. The funding through the Housing & Urban Development Department has certain criteria. You can search for these properties under our Independent Living section in your community. These tend to be more like apartment complexes geared to seniors 55 and older.
Frequently, independent living facilities can be a part of a larger complex that offers other types of care such as assisted living, skilled nursing, etc. True continuous care retirement communities will offer all types of care on one property location. Caregivers can be a big part of these type of transitions.
Keep in mind, that a stand-alone independent living community, will not have state regulations to abide by, other than standard building codes. Caregivers in the home, in the sense of having staff to attend to the medical needs of the residents, are not usually present. However, many in-home services such as home health or private duty care can be provided at these communities just like they would be for the senior living in their own home.
Cypress Trio does not provide unlicensed stand-alone facilities in our database. However, independent living is offered at many communities that do have license for other types of care. For instance, an assisted living community may have an independent living facility on the same property. Independent living facilities in Houston and independent living facilities in Dallas could have multiple type licensed facilities on the same complex and will be represented that way in our database. So you are able to find out for instance caregiver homes Houston or caregiver homes in any other city in Cypress Trio. Senior living in Houston, Dallas or anywhere in the US can vary. Senior living can be confusing and you can always reach us to ask questions using the “Contact Us” that is on multiple pages of our website.