Benefits of living in an apartment for people 55 years of age and older include floor plans designed to improve accessibility for seniors, and a low-maintenance lifestyle, as the home owner's association typically takes care of landscaping and maintenance. Community activities may also be available.
These communities are often gated and have a security patrol for safety. They are typically in close proximity to important amenities, such as shopping centers and libraries. They may be near recreational activity areas or have on-site recreational options, such as a pool, fitness center or tennis court. Certain communities also provide transportation services.
An apartment in a 55 and older community may need to be purchased or rented depending on the community. The community may charge a monthly or yearly resident fee. Residency rules vary by community, but typically at least one member of a couple must be over 55. Children usually cannot become permanent residents. Each community has its own rules regarding pets.
Apartments in these communities are typically smaller than the average apartment. Bathrooms may have additional safety features, such as a rail or chair in the shower. On-site health care services are usually not provided. An alternative to these communities is a retirement home, but residents in retirement homes typically don't have as much independence as those in a 55 or older community.