Congregate housing, or congregate living, offers independent living in separate apartments, and opportunities to share activities of daily living with other residents, as one chooses. They may be rental or ownership units or include a buy-in.
Today, congregate living communities are sometimes hard to tell apart from senior apartments that offer many services and opportunities to do activities together. In congregate housing communities where differences are minimal, the main difference may be in additional levels of care that are available within the same community as the congregate housing. These levels may include assisted living, skilled nursing or alzheimer care. Active senior apartments offering meals, services, transportation and planned activities, will generally not include additional levels of life senior services within the same community.
Some 50% of residents move to within 10 miles of the community where they lived before, or where their children live.
Children of seniors are involved in 50 to 60% of their decisions to move to a congregate care complex.
Shared activities in a congregate living setting may include:
Additional congregate care services may be available
Sometimes a community or campus may offer independent Congregate living plus other levels of congregate care including:
When one of a couple has a need for a higher level of life senior services, while the other is able to live independently, a multi-level campus can meet the needs of both at their highest level of independence, while allowing them to stay together or close.
Congregate Facilities are usually in the Yellow Pages under:
Or look for: