The Times….They Are A Changing!
The famous folk singer Bob Dylan sang about “The Times Are A Changing” and in the world of Independent Senior Living Facilities they too are a changing!
The days of facilities that only focused on long-term care are over! More and more of the 55 plus age demographic are seeking a lifestyle, a community filled with social and physical activities and events. As the aging population continues to grow in numbers more emphasis is being placed on what services are being offered when selecting a retirement community.
So, who makes up this demographic?
Most of the seniors who live in independent living communities are mobile and active. According to the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), less than 10 percent of all residents use mobility aids such as walkers and wheelchairs. ASHA also estimates that about 10 percent of residents require personal care services.
Not surprisingly, the majority of independent living residents are female, 70 percent according to a recent survey, which also found the women to have lower household incomes and net worth than men. The mean age of independent living residents is 80.6, with most residents moving in between the ages of 75 to 84.
Senior Independent Living Amenities & Services Available
One of the most important issues impacting the decision to move into a certain senior living facility is the amenities and services that they offer. Meal plans and housekeeping aren’t the only services that are becoming standard at the new retirement living communities.
Here is a snapshot of typical on-site services and amenities: (Keep in mind that not all communities offer all of the services listed below).
- Community events (e.g., cultural and recreational events)
- Daily activities (e.g., group exercise)
- Financial (banking) services
- Concierge service
- Local transportation
- Religious services
- Linen and laundry service
- 24-hour security
- Computer access
- Swimming pool
- Fitness facilities
- Golf and/or tennis courts
- Beauty and nail salon/barber shop
- Gardens and/or walking paths
Here at The Heritage Downtown we offer a wide range of amenities and services on-site, including an Award Winning Restaurant (Newton’s) and Hair Salon, just to name a few. For a full list of our amenities and services, visit our website: http://theheritagedowntown.com