The benefits of renting an apartment in a senior living complex include access to planned activities, community-provided transportation and rapid assistance in the case of an emergency. Additionally, they accommodate the physical needs of older people by installing handrails for support and expanding doorways and halls to fit walkers and wheelchairs. Many independent living communities also offer housekeeping services, on-site dining and separate accommodation for visiting guests, according to Centura Health Senior Living.
Independent-living apartments allow seniors to maintain their privacy while providing opportunities for socialization. Many complexes provide fitness centers, game rooms and libraries where residents can meet friends and stay active, explains the Assisted Living Federation of America. Most senior-living communities offer on-site classes and hobby-related clubs, and they organize community outings to special events like theater productions.
Some communities also provide assisted living and memory care services, which lets seniors transition into a different type of care while they stay in a familiar location, Centura notes. Assisted-living communities provide help with bathing and dressing, and many complexes have on-site physical therapy, pharmacy and laundry services, ALFA adds. Many communities also offer in-home health care.