What Makes Senior Living and Retirement Apartments Special?

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In a sense, a senior living apartment is like any other apartment: a place to live, a place to recharge, a place to entertain, a place to call your own. But at Senior Lifestyle, our retirement apartments are vibrant and full of life.

Each of Senor Lifestyle’s 170-plus communities are run independently, so features and amenities differ from place to place, but most of our senior living apartment communities include a variety of services in the base rental rate, such as restaurant-style meals, therapy services, check-up procedures and routine housekeeping services. The majority of our communities are for ages 62 and above , so you’ll be surrounded by neighbors with similar interests.

If those interests involve reading, watching movies, playing pool, playing games or exercising, you’re also in luck. Our senior living apartments also feature a variety of recreation rooms, including libraries, movie theaters, billiards rooms, business centers, gaming lounges, fitness clubs and hospitality suites. We also have in-house life enrichment programs , ranging from gardening to acting to happy hours.

At Senior Lifestyle, our family-first philosophy puts the well-being of our residents and their families at the forefront of everything we do. We know the unnerving feeling that can accompany the decision to uproot and move to a new home. It can feel like you’re leaving behind a part of yourself and the memories that have been built throughout years. But a new home also represents new beginnings and the chance to create new memories and friendships. Senior Lifestyle is always here to help you and your family in any way we can.

Residents at our senior living apartments pay monthly rates based on apartment type. Most locations offer three basic floor plans: private studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments. Check retirement communities near you for availability. The features included in our rates are a significant reason Senior Lifestyle’s senior living apartments is set apart from traditional senior housing and retirement apartments; we try to provide all the familiar comforts of home and then some.

Anything we don’t offer on the premises of our retirement apartments can be reached through our transportation to local shopping centers and attractions. And if you ever want to play host, while still offering your visitors a little space of their own, we also have guest apartments that can be reserved.

We hope we’ve given you a sense of what our lively and spirited senior living communities are all about. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Senior Lifestyle team for any more information .

How Old Do You Have to Be for Senior Housing?

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At Senior Lifestyle, our goal is to act as a resource for those learning more about senior housing, particularly concerning areas of the industry less familiar to our residents and their families. Today we’re taking a closer look at one aspect of a topic we often hear questions about from families and residents: legal age requirements for senior housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA), the 1995 legislation that governs senior housing and 55-and-over communities, addresses key aspects of the rules surrounding senior housing economics. Outside of HUD senior housing rules, there are a lot of additional questions about age requirements for senior housing, but determining the economics of living in a Senior Lifestyle 55-and-over community doesn’t have to be one of them.

HOPA was designed to provide affordable housing and safe living arrangements for qualified senior citizens. It is technically an age exception to the Fair Housing Act, which protects people from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or familial status.

When it comes to the communities themselves, HOPA has three primary provisions. The first provides for places that provide general assistance to elderly persons. The other two deal with specifics about age. The first age-specific rule is simple: A community must be solely inhabited by persons 62 years of age or older. The other regulates 55-and-over communities and is a little more complicated.

In order for 55-and-over communities to qualify for HUD senior housing support, they must satisfy three additional requirements. First, at least 80 percent of the units must have one occupant who is older than 55. Second, the community must publish policies and demonstrate its intention to be a 55-and-over community. Finally, the community must verify the ages of its residents to remain eligible.

All of this is handled by Senior Lifestyle communities, so you can focus on making the best living decision for you or your loved one. While each of Senior Lifestyle’s lively 170-plus communities are operated independently of one another, all are bound by HUD senior housing rules. The majority of Senior Lifestyle communities are limited to 62-year-olds, but you can check for senior housing in your area for specific details.

If you think becoming a Senior Lifestyle resident is right for you or your loved one, we also encourage you to check out our Senior Lifestyle’s Senior Suites program. Nationally recognized as a leading prototype for affordable senior housing, Senior Suites distinguishes itself from traditional affordable housing options by offering daily residential programming, weekly transportation services, diverse dining options and daily check-in programs.

To learn more about our vibrant senior housing options, check out our elder care services. You can also check out our financial planning calculator to see which senior caring options are right for you. Whatever you’re considering, you can be sure that Senior Lifestyle is here to help and happy to assist you and your family.