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A seniors’ residence that offers supportive services such as meals, social activities and housekeeping is referred to as “Supportive Living”. It typically refers to apartment accommodations – rental, condominium or life-lease, exclusively for seniors.

The services that seniors need and want most are social, nutritional and housekeeping.

Supportive Living usually offers the safety and security of 24 hour staffing and emergency response in accommodation that meets various budgets, from spacious studio, one bedroom 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&nbsp value the ability to get a range of support services in addition to accommodation.  These services vary from provider to provider and typically include the following:

  1.   meal preparation and/or communal dining
  2.   social and recreation programs
  3.   housekeeping
  4.   24-hour emergency response
  5.   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 livingoption.

Finding an independent living residence will take time and research, but you're headed in the right direction!

Use 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 the necessary questions, allow you to keep notes and makes it easy to compare among residences being considered.

After your visit, make a note of your answers to these questions.


Make A Checklist Question Yes/No
Did you like the people you met? If you weren't comfortable with the people and the feel of the place, this probably isn't the place for you.  
Was the staff friendly and approachable? If you weren't comfortable with the staff, this probably isn't the place for you.


Will there be opportunity for socializing and amenities space for that? One of the great benefits of an independent living residence is that you will have lots of neighbours – all at your age and stage of life.  
Did the residents you spoke to, seem like people you would want to be neighbours with? Are they happy living there? why?  
How far away is it from everything that's familiar to you? What you are choosing is your new neighbourhood. If what you're looking for is a total change of scene, you may not be concerned with having family and friends close by.  
Think carefully about your medical providers Do you want to be looking for new doctors, dentists, optometrists? Many residences have visiting medical providers.  
Consider the future when you won't be driving. Are you within walking distance of shops, pharmacies, restaurants? Many independent living facilities offer transportation options for shopping, medical visits and field trips  
Can you afford it? Choices and costs vary widely. Go over the monthly fixed costs and the menu of services that are available at extra cost. You don't want to be dealing with financial anxiety.  


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