When you are an active adult getting ready to downsize and retire, finding the right type of 55+ community is important. Because there are several ways to describe the many different types of retirement communities, it can be difficult to figure out which one is best for you! To help make your decision, I’ve compiled a list describing a few types of retirement communities.
Active Adult Communities
An active adult community will have multiple types of housing. It may have single-family homes with some condominiums sprinkled throughout the community. In most active adult communities, homes are owned privately, but each owner pays a monthly homeowner’s association fee that covers all outdoor maintenance costs.
The main thing that sets active adult communities apart is that they are designed for adults who are age 55 or older only. Active adult communities differ from many other retirement spaces, because they are made up of adults 55 and older who are living independent lifestyles, and they usually do not provide any health-related services.
An active adult community is an environment that will promote an active lifestyle. Many active adult communities have golf courses, walking trails, fitness centers, and other recreational amenities. Active adult communities often have an activities center and social clubs, so residents can participate in weekly or monthly social events to get to know their neighbors and make friends.
If you picture yourself retiring in an active adult community, check out my blog post next week about my featured community of the month, Hilltop at Inspiration!
Age Friendly Communities
Age friendly communities are similar to active adult communities. They offer a variety of housing options, including single-family homes, condominiums, manufactured homes, etc. They are built to appeal to those who are age 55 and up. Like active adult communities, they often have recreational spaces and will provide outdoor maintenance and/or lawn care.
The main difference is age friendly communities do not restrict younger people from living in them, so you might end up with a few younger neighbors.
Seniors apartments are multifamily rental units that are for residents who are 55 and up. These apartments do not house younger residents. Some of these communities may even be restricted to age 62 and older.
Emphasizing a feeling of community, seniors apartments will often coordinate vans or carpools for running errands or visiting the doctor. Many senior apartments will have community rooms where they will host organized social activities, like active adult communities do.
Independent Living Communities
These communities are similar to seniors apartments, but they offer shared amenities like housekeeping, landscaping, transportation services, and a dining room that provides daily meals for residents. Independent living communities are generally occupied by active retirees, but they give residents the ability to have assistance from home care agencies if needed.
As you may have noticed, all of these options have a large emphasis on community. No matter which type of living situation you choose for your retirement, you will find that there are many opportunities to get to know your neighbors and make friends!
If you are looking for a particular type of retirement community, please contact me. I would love to show you some of the options in the Southeast Denver area.