Senior apartments are perfect for those who want a lower maintenance lifestyle. There’s no yard work, housework, repairs to worry about or high mortgage payments. It is perfect for a widow or widower who wants to continue an active social life or move closer family. It also provides a safer environment and peace of mind for those who love to travel.
If you are in the market for finding a senior living apartment, here are some attributes to keep in mind:
- Which one? – There are three types of apartment communities for seniors: affordable, market rate, and luxury. Based upon the community and federal, state, and local laws, affordable apartments are ones that a renter pays no more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities. Market rate apartments are competitively priced at about 15% lower than standard area apartments but tend to include dining halls, housekeeping, and transportation services. Luxury apartments are usually second homes in cities near popular activities and are quite larger with more amenities included or available.
- The basics – The average senior apartments are about 600 to 900 square feet, have walk in showers with safety features, offer common areas and dining halls, and have laundry rooms available. More elaborate apartments (like market and luxury ones) may have pharmacy delivery services, a wider variety of exercise classes, housekeeping services that include laundry care, and a round the clock emergency care staff.
- What to look for – When you are researching or visiting senior living apartments, you may want to focus on these items:
- Talk with the residents and staff. Are they open and friendly? What do they like or dislike about the senior housing community? What services do they use or wish was available?
- Are the grounds well maintained? Is the dining hall clean? Are there computers for you to use?
- Is it located near grocery stores or shopping centers? Is transportation available? If you wish to drive, do the apartments come with garages or covered parking spaces? Are the streets safe and well lit?
- What are the rules for making the apartment your own? Can you paint the walls or change the flooring? Is there sufficient storage? If needed, is everything handicapped accessible? Will it accommodate your current and future health restrictions? Does it come furnished?
- Does the renter accept subsidies or rent vouchers? What costs are included and what services cost extra?
- Where to start your search – OpenPlacement is a nice website that allows you to find senior apartments that you are interested in by state and allows you to compare prices, floor plans, and housing options from condos to townhouses to golf villas.
Senior living communities are a great option for those who still want an active and independent lifestyle without the hassles, obstacles, and maintenance of a single family home. Knowing your budget, location, and what to look for is just the beginning to starting a new and exciting adventure in your life!