What Are Independent Living Communities?
Independent living communities are housing designed for seniors age 55 and older. Individuals live in their own apartment, but have access to amenities such as housekeeping, social activities, dining, transportation, and more. Independent living does not typically provide supervision of medical care.
Some of the Independent Living communities in Northeast Florida you may want to consider include Harborchase of Mandarin, Starling at Nocatee, Windsor Pointe of Jacksonville, and Brookdale Southside.
Senior living experts like the team at Assisted Living Locators of Northeast Florida know which communities would be the best fit for your loved one’s needs.
For those who are set on moving to an independent living community, care services may be available on-site provided by independent care agencies, often co-located on the property. Residents contract with them separately and pay them directly. The community is not involved in the management or administration of these caregivers. It is as if you were hiring a caregiver from an agency to come into your home.
How Much Does Independent Living Cost?
Independent living costs vary based on the lifestyle options that are important to your senior, property location, and apartment size, so it is important to compare actual costs before deciding. You can find everything from studios to full two-bedroom apartments with kitchens. Two to three meals a day are included, as is housekeeping, transportation to doctor appointments and activities. Some independent senior living communities require an up-front fee along with monthly service fees. Most independent senior living communities in our area operate on a month-to-month contract basis along with a very nominal community entry fee. Prices start at about $2750/month for a simple studio to $6,000/month for a two bedroom in one of the top-tier, luxury communities.
Is Independent Living Right for my Loved One?
We have a bias towards the independent/assisted living model of senior living community instead of independent-only buildings. As seniors age, so do their needs. While someone may enter a residence without requiring any assistance, there are very few individuals over the age of 85 who do not need some sort of help, especially once they are dependent on a cane or walker. The Center for Disease Control reports 81% of injuries in the bathroom for seniors occur because of slips and falls during bathing and showering. Living in a building where caregivers are on-call in case of an emergency can greatly enhance the quality of life for both the elder and his or her family.
Let the experts at Assisted Living Locators of Northeast Florida help you determine what's best for your loved one. Call us for help at no-cost to you.