Sarah Benbow, Executive Director of Communications | Jan 19, 2023
For many active adults exploring their options, 55+ apartments and independent living communities may sound like the same thing. However, despite sharing some similarities, the two living options have unique differences that should be considered when making a decision. Let’s look at the differences between 55+ apartments and independent living to know which is right for you.
As the name suggests, 55+ apartments are living communities reserved for those age 55 or older. In most cases, these apartments usually have a minimum age requirement (approximately 55-60) that residents must meet in order to rent. Like ordinary apartments, these communities are designed to house tenants who enjoy active and vibrant lifestyles. Residents benefit from all the same perks as living at home without the hassle of homeownership while living in an apartment that offers benefits tailored to their interests, wants, and needs.
Living in a 55 and older apartment offers many benefits, including:
Independent living communities are typically a form of senior living where residents can live independently with the option of care services if needed. Independent living is typically found within a building that offers assisted living services. Those who utilize it are often active and healthy but anticipate needing care in the future or are living with someone who requires care now. Independent living allows residents to let go of chores like meal preparation, laundry, and home maintenance so they can focus on doing what they enjoy and getting the most out of life.
Knowing more about each living option makes it easier to understand why and how the two differ. The most significant distinction between over 55 apartments and independent living is the level of care and assistance provided.
In a 55+ apartment, residents benefit from a low-maintenance lifestyle with more time to pursue activities and interests, but you won’t find health or medical-related care services available. It’s a great option for those looking to downsize and save on costs while still being in control of their day-to-day activities.
On the other hand, an independent living community offers the same benefits with increased care services like healthcare, rehabilitation, transportation, therapy, meal preparation, laundry, and more. They are typically located near other senior living communities like assisted living, transitional care, and long-term care should residents want or need to relocate in the future.
Whether you’re considering a 55+ apartment or an independent living community, know that both are fantastic options. Finding the right option just comes down to your needs or the needs of your loved one. Here are a few things to consider when making your decision:
Factoring these questions into your decision-making process will help you determine the best place for you. In addition, to answer these questions, you can speak with a care expert or schedule a tour to get a firsthand look at what life is like.
Lake Place is a luxurious 55 and older apartment community located in the heart of Chanhassen, Minnesota, one of MN's best places to live. The Lake Place Community offers many amenities and modern living benefits, including state-of-the-art fitness centers, fully furnished apartments, shared social spaces, and more.
Ready to learn more about living at Lake Place? Talk with a Lake Place team member or reserve an apartment today.