Senior cottages give senior citizens the opportunity to have independent lifestyles in a community setting; they are essentially apartments that give residents privacy and individual living space but have central group areas such as dining halls, courtyards and activity centers to allow socialization. Some, such as St. Andrews Village in Maine, also offer on-site healthcare services to meet the unique needs of seniors, according to the company's website, StAndrewsVillage.com. There is also opportunity for participating in recreational activities and group outings.
Senior cottages, like apartments, come in assorted sizes and vary in price. They offer basic services found in apartments, such as heat, hot water and amenities. Some cottages, like those at St. Andrews, give residents the choice of preparing meals in their own kitchens or dining in a central dining room. Residents in these units enjoy meals prepared by professional chefs, according to StAndrewsVillage.com; in addition to creating meals, chefs also take special requests.
For active seniors, cottages also have various activities. Biking, walking, hiking and exercise classes for yoga, swimming and aerobics are common group activities in senior cottages. Residents can also take classes to learn new hobbies.
Healthcare is another main component of senior cottages. Residents might enjoy routine physicals, comprehensive healthcare services, assistance with daily chores and functions, medication distribution and transportation within the premises or offsite. Depending on the facility, seniors may also be able to bring pets with them, typically for a small fee.