Active Adult Communities and Independent Living Communities: What’s the Difference?

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As older adults, we seek to indulge in a worry-free lifestyle and find we are faced with an array of living options. Finding the best living option means finding a community dedicated to tailoring to your lifestyle. In this article, we take a look at two of the most popular senior living options: Independent Living and active adult communities.

Independent Living Communities

The phrase “Independent Living community” encompasses a range of living options, from apartments to townhouses to single-family homes. Designed for those seeking an enriching and vibrant retirement experience, our Independent Living residences offer a blend of luxury, convenience, and personalized care. Residents enjoy a maintenance- free lifestyle, with services and amenities such as: housekeeping, yard maintenance, laundry services, resort-style pools, smart fitness centers, and even certified organic dining experiences.

One of the largest benefits to Independent Living communities is the ability to age-in-place. An advantage of living in our communities is the seamless transition to different levels of care without uprooting your life. If you find yourself in need of additional support with healthcare or daily activities, there’s no need to leave the comfort of our community. Our continuum of care ensures that you can explore options for Assisted Living right here, maintaining your connections and cherished lifestyle every step of the way.

Active Adult Communities

An active adult community is a specialized residential neighborhood designed for adults typically aged 55 and older who are looking for an active and socially engaging lifestyle without the immediate need for further care. These communities tend to be lower maintenance, typically eliminating the need to upkeep landscaping and snow removal.

Active adult communities tend to offer less services and amenities compared to Independent Living communities. Independent Living communities usually offer a range of services and amenities, such as: dining options, housekeeping, transportation, and social activities.

Why Choose an Independent Living Community?

Independent Living communities are ideal for older adults who want to stay socially engaged and have the freedom to pursue their own activities and interests but would also like to live in an environment where they don’t have to deal with some of the more onerous household tasks.

The advantages of Independent Living are:

  • You don’t have to maintain a home, landscaping, or property.
  • All of The Reserve Collection communities welcome your four-legged companions.
  • Amenities such as certified-organic restaurants, salon services, pet spas, smart fitness centers, resort-style pools and spa, personal transportation, in-home washer and dryers, laundry and housekeeping services, 24/7 concierge, moving coordination and interior design services, and more.
  • Apartment and common space environments designed to foster meaningful connections.
  • Maintain independence, socialization, and a worry-free lifestyle allowing you to age in place; meaning you don’t need to move if you need a higher level of care.

Choosing the Best Senior Living Option for You

Senior living at The Reserve is aimed at helping you experience life the way it should be. We’ll assist you with determining your lifestyle needs and desires and make a recommendation for the best fit for you. You can call the team at The Reserve at (855) 221-3900 or fill out our contact form.