Apartments aren’t just for recent college graduates and young married couples — they can be an excellent option for older adults, too! In fact, many 55+ active adult communities offer a variety of apartment units for residents who love their independence but are ready for a little less responsibility.
Active aging with less responsibility
There’s more to independent living than a smaller space. Senior apartments offer less maintenance than homes, lower cost, and there’s always plenty to do.
“Seniors often choose an independent living apartment because they want to downsize and be done with lawn maintenance and snow removal,” says Kendra Couch, executive director at Otterbein SeniorLife Lebanon, where about 150 of the 546 independent living units are apartments. “But once they have been living in an apartment for a while, they come to value so much more about the experience.”
5 benefits of 55+ apartments
So what are the benefits of living in an apartment in a senior lifestyle community? Think convenience, social interaction, safety, and cost. We’ve rounded up a few examples:
1. Maintenance-free accommodations
A senior living apartment adds time to your life since you don’t have to tend a yard or do home repairs yourself. That means more time to relax, socialize, and engage in activities that are important to you. Another time saver? The convenience of having the community’s amenities so close by — the hair salon, bank and exercise room are often just a short stroll away.
2. The convenience of cooking at home or at an on-site restaurant
When it’s time to eat, you can cook at home or pop down to one of the restaurants to enjoy a meal. Residents at one of Otterbein Lebanon’s newest independent living apartment buildings, Terrace Place, have the added attraction of an outdoor dining space.
“This amazing terrace features an outdoor kitchen for grilling, a fire pit, and even a putting green!” says Kendra “It has become a wonderful gathering place for residents to enjoy, whether they are having omelets prepared by our chef or reminiscing around the fire.”------------------------------------------------
3. Activities galore at CCRCs
Senior living communities offer a full schedule of activities every day of the week. Special events, educational courses, socials, and volunteer opportunities mean you can be as busy as you want to be all year ’round. And with so many neighbors in your apartment building, you are likely to find people who share your interests. So you won’t have to go to that woodworking class or book club alone!
4. Safety in and out of the apartment
Active adult communities emphasize resident safety, inside your apartment, and when you are out and about. Apartment units have safety features such as grab bars in the bathtub, non-slip surfaces, and an emergency call system. Security staff keep an eye on residents and can come to their aid whenever a need arises.
5. Lower cost than owning a home
Living in an apartment at a senior lifestyle community can significantly decrease expenses compared to owning a house. If something goes wrong with the thermostat, or the key won’t work on the front door lock, or your sink gets backed up, no problem! Just call maintenance and wait for someone to fix it! Some active adult communities, such as Otterbein SeniorLife, offer repairs at no extra cost. And when the time comes to fill out your tax return, you can rest assured that property taxes won’t be part of the equation.
Independent living with a youthful atmosphere
With so many upsides, it’s no wonder that apartments are often in high demand at senior lifestyle communities. They really do offer the kind of lifestyle that can make you feel young again! Otterbein Lebanon is currently filling spots at Terrace Place, The Gallery, and The Life Enrichment Center. These gorgeous, modern senior apartments are the places to be at Otterbein Lebanon!