Active Adult Communities vs. Retirement Communities: Understanding the Difference
As individuals approach the age of retirement, they may begin to explore housing options that cater to their specific needs and lifestyle. Often used interchangeably, active adult communities and retirement communities present very different opportunities for older adults. Understanding the difference between these two living options for retirees will help you make an informed decision that fits your lifestyle.
Active Adult Communities
Active adult communities are designed for individuals who are seeking an independent lifestyle. These communities typically feature single-family homes, townhouses, or condominiums. Key features of active adult communities include:
One defining characteristic of active adult communities is the 55+ age restriction. These communities aim to create an environment where residents can enjoy an active and social lifestyle amongst their peers. Age restrictions help ensure a sense of community and shared interests.
Geared toward an independent lifestyle, these communities provide an environment where residents are encouraged to pursue their hobbies, remain active, and socialize. While some residents of active adult communities may still work, others will spend their time organizing clubs and excursions with their neighbors. These communities typically also have dedicated staff to organize outings and activities, making an active lifestyle all the more attainable.
Services and Healthcare
Maintenance and landscaping services are commonly provided to residents in active adult communities, allowing them the freedom to maintain their own home independently. Interior maintenance of the home such as housekeeping services are not usually provided and would have to be contracted out. Healthcare and support services may not be readily available in the direct vicinity of the community. Should a resident’s health needs change, they may have to consider relocating to a retirement community. At Athens Crossing, residents move seamlessly to Four Seasons Retirement Community if and when their health needs change.
Retirement communities are designed to provide a supportive and inclusive environment by offering a range of living options and care levels. A variety of services are provided to residents based on their changing needs and independence. Key features of retirement communities include:
Continuing care retirement communities like Four Seasons are designed to allow residents to age in place by providing all levels of care. This includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing. These different levels of care allow for a diverse range of resident ages and abilities.
Retirement communities employ activity staff dedicated to creating engaging activities and excursions for residents. This fosters a sense of community and belonging by encouraging residents to socialize, connect, and participate in group activities. At Four Seasons, each level of care has its own dedicated activity staff ensuring activities are personalized based on individual abilities. Our residents enjoy a variety of activities and excursions such as weekly happy hours, technology classes, cooking demonstrations, and scheduled trips to art performances, museums, and restaurants.
Focus on Services and Healthcare Support
Retirement communities ensure quality care and support by offering on-site healthcare services or local healthcare partnerships. Services may include assistance with daily activities, medication management, wellness programs, access to medical professionals, and specialized memory care for individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The nursing staff at The Towne House provides quality and compassionate care for residents, and the availability of healthcare services within the community ensures that the changing needs of residents are addressed promptly and effectively.
Retirement communities also provide a wide range of services such as dining, housekeeping, transportation, landscaping, and maintenance.
Making the Choice
Choosing between an active adult community and a retirement community depends on your needs and desired lifestyle. Active adult communities are ideal for those who live independent and active lives with the desire for peace of mind about their future security. Retirement communities are ideal for those who desire a supportive and inclusive community with options for different levels of care as their needs evolve.
When considering your retirement living options, it’s important to carefully consider factors such as lifestyle, healthcare requirements, and long-term goals. Touring different communities, talking to current residents, and consulting with loved ones can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your vision of a fulfilling retirement.
To schedule a tour of Athens Crossing or Four Seasons, please call 812-372-8481.