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Taking a Closer Look at Independent Living
Posted By Patti Shea On January 30, 2012 @ 11:57 am In Caregiving | Comments Disabled
Editor’s note: This is fourth in a series of posts by guest blogger Michelle Seitzer.
If you’ve been following this series, you now have an overview of the basic levels of senior care  and housing, a guide to knowing when and how to initiate a conversation about options , and tips on how to search for the best senior care . Today’s post will explore the independent living category of care in greater detail.
A few of the current venues classified as independent living available today are:
Also emerging are a host of niche communities; some serve LGBT older adults , others cater to the unique needs and preferences of Asian-American seniors, and still others promote lifelong learning, offering residents the opportunity to attend college classes.
Such diversity makes it difficult to generalize what services you’ll find in each setting. However, most offer:
All of these are typically charged a la carte or rolled into the monthly rent. The style and layout of living space varies too, ranging from spacious apartments to efficiency suites to condos, studios, cottages, and more.
In the next post: Learn more about the assisted living category of care. Here’s the Closer Look series to date:
Editor’s Notes: Michelle Seitzer has blogged for the senior living search  site SeniorsforLiving.com since 2008, and is the co-moderator of #ElderCareChat , a bi-monthly Twitter-facilitated discussion group for family and professional caregivers passionate about quality senior care.
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 Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/michelle3.jpg
 levels of senior care: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/01/09/housing-choices-find-the-right-home-for-you-or-your-loved-one/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 initiate a conversation about options: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/01/18/starting-the-search-for-care-when-and-how/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 search for the best senior care: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/01/23/what-is-the-best-housing-for-you/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 independent living: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-10-2010/gs_independent_living_starting_a_dialogue.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 senior housing: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/housingoptions/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 adding new options: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-10-2010/ho_alternative_housing_options_for_long_term_care.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 55+/active adult communities: http://www.aarp.org/content/aarp/en/home/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-09-2010/ho_continuing_care_retirement_communities.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 urban villages: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-04-2011/villages-real-social-network.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 some serve LGBT older adults: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-11-2010/cultural-competence-and-sexual-orientation.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 Transportation options: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 independent living: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-08-2010/gs_independent_living_video.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 a great long-term care calculator: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/LTCC/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 Eldercare.gov: http://eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx
 senior information section: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/information_for_senior_citizens
 senior living search: http://www.seniorsforliving.com/
 #ElderCareChat: https://twitter.com/ElderCareChat
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