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What is the Difference Between 55+ Communities Versus Independent Livings?

9/3/2020

As you may have noticed, the 55+ communities are booming throughout 417 land. The fliers you have received in the mail or seen on social media show these properties to be upscale maintenance free condos/apartments. If you have inquired about pricing, most of them are slightly under (depending on what type of apartment you choose) the senior independent living communities. You may ask yourself, why would I move into an independent living community if most of the 55+ communities are cheaper? As a previous nursing home administrator, I have overseen independent living communities, and as an owner I have visited many 55+ communities. I hope that the analysis listed below will assist you of which direction to take of moving in either yourself or a loved one. Let’s break it down and compare the two types of entities before you decide to choose one over the other. 

55+ Communities:

 Avg. Range from $950-$2000 Deposit Required – Non-Refund 

Typically No Second Person Occupant Fee 

Possible Annual Rent Increase 

Outside Agencies Provide Medical Care, if needed 

Medical Care is Private Pay or Private Insurance 

Higher Level of Care Can Involve Moving Out 

Pendants (Emergency Call Button) Not Offered 

Typically No Pull Cords (Emergency Wall Cords) 

Typically No Activities Director Employed Activities are Typically Resident Led 

Typically No Transportation Vehicle for Errands/Appts. 

Meals are Resident’s Responsibility 

Amenities Vary (Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness, Movie Theater) 

No Courtyards, but Walking Path 

Room Sizes Vary (Studio, 1, 2 & 3 Bdrms) 

Typically a Full Kitchen (stove, fridge, microwave) 

Typically, Patio and Balcony Options 

Only Some Offer Free Internet/Cable 

Land Line Resident’s Responsibility 

Typically Offer Washer/Dryer Hookups 

Housekeeping for Apartment is Resident’s Responsibility 

Employs part/full-time Maintenance Dir. 

Employs Monday-Friday Leasing Director 

Typically No After-Hours Receptionist 

Typically Carports & Garages Offered 

Does Not Offer a Salon 

Secure Entries 

Most Pet Friendly 

Not Regulated by State Surveyors 


Independent Living Communities: 

Avg. Range from $2250-4200 Community Fee Required – Non-Refund 

Always a Second Person Occupant Fee Per Month 

Possible Annual Rent Increase 

Outside Agency Provides Medical Care, if needed 

Medical Care is Private Pay or Private Insurance 

Become Top of Priority List to “Sister Communities” 

Typically Offers Pendants (some charge a minimal fee) 

Typically Offers Pull Cords (Emergency Wall Cords) 

Employs a Full-time Activities Director 

Activities are Led by Activities Dir. or Resident Led 

Employs a part/full-time Bus Driver for Errands/Appts. 

Offers 3 meals per day (restaurant style) 

Amenities Vary (Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness, Movie Theater) 

Courtyards with Walking Path 

Room Sizes Vary (Studio, 1 & 2 Bdrms) 

Typically a Full Kitchen (stove, fridge, microwave) 

Typically, Patio and Balcony Options 

Typically Internet/Cable is Free 

Land Line Resident Responsibility 

Typically Most Offer Washer/Dryers 

Employs part/full-time Housekeepers 

Employs part/full-time Maintenance Dir. 

Employs part/full-time Administration Team 

Typically Employs After-Hours/Weekend Receptionist 

Typically Carports & Garages Offered 

Typically Offers a Salon for Hair & Nails 

Secure Entries 

Most Pet Friendly 

Not Regulated by State Surveyors 


There are several 55+ communities and independent living communities in the 417 land. How do you know which one to move into? That is where I can be a resource and guide for you or your family. I have a select few communities that I personally have interviewed, toured, sent clients to that would be a great fit for you, and that I only recommend. Please contact my company for a complimentary consultation.

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