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Independent Living - Seniors in Southern California

  • Published: 2009-02-04 (Revised/Updated 2013-06-16) : Author: Bobbie Trifon
  • Synopsis: Seniors may appreciate their independence but still desire to live in a community of their peers for security reasons.

Quote: "Usually when the word independent is used with senior living, it implies a community of retired seniors that live nearby each other in specially made apartments, houses or townhouses."

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Freedom is usually associated with independence. Everyone desires independence - it is a quality that defines American culture and history.

Independence is not a prideful or stubborn quality; a person who takes care of himself or herself can be seen as someone who is respectful of others' time, polite in all things and who is willing to work for the niceties of life.

However, as a person ages, sometimes he or she may have to relinquish some independence so that proper care can be provided. Even in this case, the desire for independence does not go away. Seniors may appreciate their independence but still desire to live in a community of their peers for security reasons. Caretakers may find that their aging parents want to perform their own daily tasks or contribute to housework chores so they can feel a measure of independence. Even a nursing home resident who has to be constantly monitored may appreciate the chance to do something on his or her own. This is important to remember when searching for facilities.

What do Independent Living Senior Southern California Homes Offer

Southern California can mean a few different things. Usually when the word independent is used with senior living, it implies a community of retired seniors that live nearby each other in specially made apartments, houses or townhouses. These are not nursing homes, since residents are capable of taking care of themselves. They are not considered assisted living facilities either, because residents have total independence and handle their own custodial and medical needs. Why would someone in near perfect health be interested in an independent living senior Southern California home? Even where there are no physical needs that need to be provided, there are still social needs that can't be overlooked. Seniors that live in a community of their peers may find it a refreshing environment in which they can make plenty of friends. Furthermore, many seniors actually feel safer inside communities.

Living in these retirement communities is just like living inside your own house or apartment.

Some facilities give you the option of renting or leasing. You are not provided any special in-home services but you can hire someone from the outside for custodial or home care. While there might be transportation services arranged, usually senior residents are independent and possess good communication skills, eliminating the need for constant monitoring by a staff. Some facilities even have gyms, swimming pools, spas, dining areas and other amenities that will keep the community active and happy. Though prices begin at about $1,500 the price of residence can vary among different communities. There are also low-income apartments by HUD, as well as homes that can be partially covered by the Medicaid program.

Choosing Between Independent Living Senior Southern California Communities

Choosing a facility is of great importance for the independently living senior. Southern California is a large place and lease agreements for residency may be months, years or even for life! How do you go about choosing the right community? The best option is to personally inspect each living quarters and take note of the most important features. If you are a busy person (and who in California isn't) then this may be the most difficult part of the entire process. However, ElderHomeFinders can help you find the right independent living senior Southern California community. Our company does the legwork for you and inspects assisted living facilities and retirement community in Los Angeles and beyond. We can give you all the facts about retirement homes in the area, including specific details (such as amenities or provisions for the handicapped) as well as communities to avoid, and how much residency will cost you.

The older we get the more we realize there is nothing more important than life, family and freedom. When a person reaches retirement years he or she still desires each of these, perhaps with more intensity than ever before. When you are looking for a new retirement home, make sure it is a community thriving with life, that it is close by friends and family, and that it allows you as much independence as you need. And if you are having trouble finding that perfect home then ElderHomeFinders can help. Best of all, this service is provided free to the consumer. That's because someone told us a long time ago that the best things in life are free.

Reference: Bobbie Trifon is a Senior Housing Residential Facility expert living in Los Angeles for more information on Senior Housing visit


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