Typically, the only requirements for living in a 55 or older community is that at least one resident per household must be 55 years of age. Some communities may require that all residents in a household are 55 or older, however.
Beyond the age restrictions, most senior communities do not impose additional requirements for eligibility. However, restrictions regarding lawn care, home maintenance and number of guests allowed may be stipulated by the management of the community or by a homeowner's association.
Many senior citizens choose to live in 55-and-over communities because the facilities are usually newly built, more convenient than traditional homes and equipped with energy-saving features that result in lower utility bills. Most senior citizen community homes, villas or apartments are built with fewer stairs and non-slip floors and bathtubs to aid residents who may have difficulty with mobility and balance. Some communities feature dining halls to alleviate the need to prepare meals, especially within residences with limited or partial kitchen areas.
Communities for residents 55 and older often provide weekly gatherings, events and activities as well as public transportation access or community-owned shuttles for residents to travel to nearby attractions. Some 55-and-over communities provide access to gyms, pools, walking paths and golf courses.