The Cost of Senior Living Communities: Pricing and Inclusions
Apr 13, 2020
There is no single cost for senior living communities because there are multiple options with different services and support.
When most people hear the term “senior living” they think about supportive living communities like assisted living, which has an average cost of $4,000 per month in the United States.
Assisted living isn’t right for all people, however. Assisted living is actually designed for people who need help with daily tasks. If you’re healthy and active, you probably need independent living instead. Independent living is a living option that’s made for people who want to be more active during their retirement, not less. In most cases, independent living helps people downsize and release the responsibilities of owning a home so they can enjoy more time traveling, visiting with family or pursuing other hobbies.
Independent living is significantly less expensive than assisted living. In this article we’ll go into more details on independent living as well as other senior living communities, such as assisted living, so you fully understand the difference in their costs and what each option includes.
Retirement Living Costs Vary by Location
Regardless of the type of community you choose, cost and inclusions will vary by location. More expensive cities and states will have communities with higher costs, while other areas are more affordable. In general, Oklahoma City has highly affordable communities that are safe and near local attractions. Let’s take a look at the type of communities you’ll see in Oklahoma City.
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Independent Living Communities
Independent living communities are designed for people who want to live on their own (or with a spouse) in an apartment or condo but would like to live within a community that gives them access to additional services, security and activities. People who no longer want to maintain a home but who are still able to live independently typically find that independent living is a perfect match.
The average monthly cost to live in an independent living community in Oklahoma is roughly $1,865 per month, which typically includes home maintenance, on-site facilities like a fitness center and other amenities. Some communities provide optional add-ons for an additional fee, including amenities that can make everyday living feel like a vacation. What your actual independent living cost will be depends on your lifestyle choices.
Independent living communities offer vibrant, warm environments that encourage residents to do more with their time and enjoy their retirement. Usually, these communities encourage family involvement and connections between neighbors through social events, activities and programs as well.
What’s Included in Independent Living Costs?
- Planned group events and activities
- Exercise and wellness classes
- Educational and enrichment programs
- Fine arts programs
- Group outings and trips
- Community dining, which is often optional
Some residents take advantage of services that support daily tasks while others prefer to keep up on their own chores and make their own meals. Staff is available to offer support, such as housekeeping services, for residents who want it. It’s entirely up to the resident to decide what services they want to take advantage of and what they don’t.
Independent living communities can be an ideal setting for people who would like a more luxurious lifestyle. Some offer premium services that can allow residents to feel pampered and relaxed as they enjoy their retirement. You might even find resort-like amenities, including spa services, fitness centers, movie theaters and heated swimming pools.
Accommodations vary across different independent living settings but are typically designed to be both comfortable and easy to manage, so residents don’t have to worry about personal upkeep. You can find efficient studio apartments or spacious luxury homes, and anything in between. Maintenance and repairs are included in community costs.
Assisted Living & Memory Care
While independent living is ideal for healthy, active adults, there are other senior living options available, including assisted living and memory care. Assisted living provides housing and personal care to people who need help managing daily activities. Memory care supports people with dementia.
Assisted living communities in Oklahoma cost a little over $3,300 per month, while memory care communities cost just over $3,800 per month. However, if you don’t need daily support, assisted living and memory care likely aren’t the right options for you. Instead, consider independent living or 55+ apartments.
What’s Included in Assisted Living and Memory Care Costs?
Assisted living and memory care communities include accommodation and dining options along with assistance with daily living activities and specialized programs to keep memory care residents engaged. Most communities provide 24-hour supervision, a full meal program, personal self-care assistance, transportation, housekeeping and opportunities for recreation.
Retirement Living for Active Adults at Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs
Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs offers luxury independent living options in Oklahoma City. Our community was made for people who want to become more active and do more through their retirement lifestyle.
Grand Tapestry is all about enjoying life without the hassles of homeownership. People who make Grand Tapestry home enjoy concierge-style services, amenities like an onsite theater, outdoor kitchen, walking paths and a long list of activities aimed at nurturing your well-being and happiness.
And if you’re not quite ready for retirement, don’t worry. You can move in a little early to get a jumpstart on your new lifestyle. Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs is open exclusively to people who are at least 55, so whether you’re retired already or looking forward to it in a few years, we’re here to help you find your new home.