What is Senior Apartment Living?

One's Own Place. One's Own Space.

Senior apartment living, a type of independent senior living, provides seniors with an independent lifestyle while offering a moderate level of help for seniors, such as daily assistance with essential necessities and services. Unlike standard apartment complexes, senior apartments are age restricted — usually starting at 55 or 62 years of age. That is, only those who have reached the age of 55 or 62 are permitted to live in the senior apartment facility. (The age restriction varies by apartment community.) The age limit allows this type of senior housing to cater their services specifically to the wants and needs of seniors while providing a community of others who are of similar age and shared interests.

Features of Senior Apartment Living

While every senior apartment community differs, offering a wide variety of amenities and services for their tenants, some provide the following, either all-inclusively covered in the monthly rent or provided as an additional fee:

  • Custodial services and maintenance
  • Laundry facilities
  • A meeting room for socializing
  • Fitness center
  • Swimming pool / spa
  • Transportation services

Our Independent Living Checklist can help you with your senior living decision by providing guidance through a series of easy-to-answer questions about interests and lifestyle and health considerations.

Financial Matters

Like any housing situation, the cost for senior apartment living varies by location, the age of the facility, amenities offered, the amount of offered care for seniors and so on, but the following guidelines are generally true for all senior apartments:

  • Federal and state programs exist to help pay for senior apartment housing for seniors with low to moderate income.
  • Rent payments are usually a percentage of income or a pre-adjusted low income rate for those who qualify.
  • Personal circumstances, likes and dislikes, desires and needs, differ for each individual seeking senior housing, so the rent cost will vary depending on the person and their interests and needs.
  • The best way to get a true estimate of rental and care cost is to contact the senior apartments listed on AlternativesforSeniors.com and inquire. A friendly associate will gladly assist you.

Other types of Active Senior Communities exist in addition to senior apartments, including single-family homes, condominiums, and mobile home living.