General Senior Apartment Information
Senior apartments are found in many communities, some are under federal housing guidelines and will only accept low income seniors, but most are privately owned. They can vary in terms of services but typically offer apartment living and services designed specifically for independent active seniors 55 and older. Since many of these residences are designed for active seniors, most do not offer meal service, housekeeping or medical assistance.
Senior apartment complexes are usually located near senior centers, parks, shopping malls, golf courses and public transportation. Many offer van services along with monthly road trips to shows and casinos.
Age Restricted Retirement Communities
Most retirement communities have restrictions on the age of the person who purchases or leases property within the community. Typically the minimum age is 55 for acceptance. These communities vary in terms of the quantity and quality of the activities and community facilities. The housing also varies from simple apartments to high rise condominiums to single family detached housing. Costs range from a low of $25,000 to well over $500,000. Some senior communities have all of these types of housing in one gated and security patrolled community.
These communities are oriented for active and independent seniors. They may offer golf, tennis, swimming pools, hiking, exercise rooms, and a variety of clubs and internet groups. However, some residents in these communities may depend on outside caregivers contracted through local home health agencies when their health deteriorates or they become temporarily disabled. It is possible to rent or lease a home or apartment on a trial basis from an owner or management company. This affords a person or couple the opportunity to try out living in the community before making a decision to purchase. We have developed a network of real estate specialists that can assist you in your search for these communities in your area.