Supportive Living usually offers the safety and security of 24 hour staffing and emergency response in accommodation that meets various budgets, from studio, spacious  one and two bedroom apartment suites, most with kitchenettes, since meals are offered. Some have full kitchens. Tenure can be life-lease, condominium or rental. Most of these residences offer common amenities such a dining room, lounges, activity room and games room, and others for the enjoyment of residents and their guests.
Supportive living is not regulated, unless care services are also provided.
Older adults  value the ability to get a range of support services in addition to accommodation. Supportive Living services typically include the following and vary from provider to provider
- meal preparation and/or communal dining
- social and recreation programs
- 24-hour emergency response
- shopping assistance and transportation.
Because seniors’ needs change as they age, they prefer to live in a setting that allows them to age in place without having to move. Most modern residences offer assisted living services - delivered in a resident's suite. When these needs increase, the additional costs can become a concern for the resident or the family. That is why a number of residences have an assisted living floor or wing, comprised of smaller studio suites, which cost less and thereby partially offset the higher care costs.
There are all sorts of options available, so think carefully about you want and what you need. And take the time to shop around.
The key difference between independent and supportive living is the additional level of help that is available. Residents typically need meals, social and housekeeping supports.
Perhaps It’s Time to Look at an Independent Supportive Living Option
If the responsibility of maintaining your own home is becoming a burden with outdoor maintenance or because cooking every meal – every day, is becoming a chore or tiresome and if you want an age segregated building to enjoy the social life – independent supportive living will give you independence – and the time and ability to enjoy it!
If you’re planning ahead and may want more services over time, like medication management and some assistance with the activities of daily living, it may be time to think about an assisted living option and most of today's residences offer these additional services.
Finding an independent living residence will take time and research, but you're headed in the right direction!
Use The Care Guide, as well as TheCareGuide.com, to identify some options and call ahead to schedule a tour of each one on your list. Use the Residence Checklist to to ensure that you ask all the necessary questions, allow you to keep notes and makes it easy to compare among residences being considered.