Independent Living Communities

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Whatever your reasons for wanting to explore independent living facilities or communities in Denver Colorado, you will likely find just the independent living community that will meet your needs. There are 60 different such communities in Denver. The secret to finding the best one is to analyze your wants and needs to determine what type of community is the best one for you.  After you have narrowed down your list of possibilities, you can make phone calls or visit in person to determine which one you like the best. There are some factors you may want to consider when making your selection.

What are Independent Living Facilities?

Independent living facilities or communities are for seniors capable of living independently, but who do not want to care for a home or have too many responsibilities of everyday life. They can benefit from companionship and the sense of security of knowing that someone is always nearby to assist them in an emergency situation. It also gives them the freedom to travel and focus on other interests. They can participate in social activities provided at the facility and meet people with similar interests.

Independent living facilities all offer meals, exercise and social programs as well as convenient services such as transportation to shopping. It is possible to find one that accepts small pets. They are definitely not all the same. You may find one that offers you a living space in a stand-alone cottage or as an apartment in a high-rise building. Although the community does not offer assistance with personal care, you can arrange for your own in-home care assistance in your own apartment.

Factors to Consider when Choosing an Independent Living Facility

The magazine, U.S. News and World Report, published an article suggesting questions people should ask when choosing an independent living facility. Other sources make similar suggestions. A few of the questions include:

  • Is living in an independent living facility right for you? Do you want to live in a community with others nearby? If so, do you want to stay in the same vicinity as your current home, or do you want to move to be nearer other friends, relatives or grown children?
  • What type of facility are you looking for? Do you want a large facility with your own small apartment in a high-rise apartment building, or do you want to live in more of a cottage setting or an environment with small private homes?
  • How do you want to take your meals? Do you want to eat some or all of your meals in a community setting or do you prefer to maintain your own kitchen and do most of your own cooking? Eat a meal or two at the residence to see if the meals are compatible to your taste.
  • What types of activities does the community offer? Are they ones you hope to participate in? Do people actually attend, or are they advertised but don’t really take place?
  • Is there transportation provided to medical appointments,  shopping or other important places you may want to visit? If so, are the transportation options flexible or only at set days and times?
  • What services are provided and which ones are extra? Are utilities included? What about television and internet? Are housekeeping services included or do they cost extra? Does each unit have a washer and dryer or are you expected to do your laundry in a community laundry room?
  • Ask to see the contract and evaluate it carefully so you know exactly what the expectations and costs are and what services you will be getting in return.

Stacys Helping Hand Can Assist You in Your Search

Since 2007, Stacys Helping Hand, Inc. we have assisted seniors and their families in their search for the living environment that will best meets their needs. We can meet with you to narrow down your search so that you do not have to visit all 60 independent living in Denver. Call us at (720) 620-3754 or contact us. We offer a free consultation to discuss with you the services we can provide.