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Independent Living Communities/Complexes for Older Adults

Residential facilities, apartments and/or planned communities exclusively for older adults that are available at market rates and designed to enable retired individuals or couples and other elderly people to have a form of independent living in a secure environment while sharing common interests and having access to supportive services and a range of activities designed to promote social contact among residents. Occupancy by families with children is generally prohibited. Housing varies widely from simple apartments to high rise condominiums to single family detached housing to housing in a congregate setting; and may be available on a purchase or rental basis. Support usually consists of "convenience services" which may include an on-site activities program, transportation, housekeeping and meals in a communal dining room. Residents who require additional support need to make their own arrangements for personal care or home health care. The minimum age is usually 55 for at least one of the residents, but sometimes is 62 and applies to all residents. These facilities generally require no licensing.

Taxonomy Code: BH-700.510-33

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