Independent living resembles apartment living with extras. Rent is paid month-to-month typically with no annual contract. They can include transportation, house cleaning, linen service, activities and most importantly, meals. Other services like home health, are often available at an extra charge. These communities are not required to be licensed by the state.
The size of apartment can range from a studio to two-bedroom. They can also include living/dining areas and a variety of kitchen sizes. The kitchen may be as simple as a sink, cabinet storage and a refrigerator. Or it can be a full kitchen with stove and dishwasher.
There are common areas for recreation and a large dining area for meals. Many have amenities such as swimming pools, café or bistro, movie theater and common kitchen. There may be a staff member that schedules social events and even larger trips. Each community has its own personality and you need to visit them to see which one suits yours.
Cambridge Village of Apex
10000 Cambridge Village Loop, Apex 27502
Stoneridge Gracious Retirement Living
105 Convention Drive, Cary 27511
1995 NW Cary Pkwy, Morrisville 27560
10820 Penny Road, 27518
300 Kildaire Woods Dr, Cary 27511
Waltonwood Cary Parkway
750 SE Cary Pkwy, 27511
Another type of senior living community is the CCRC (continuing care retirement community). These communities provide multiple levels of care to meet changing needs. They are licensed by the state and include independent, assisted skilled nursing and memory care. The resident must be able to “walk” in at move-in time. There are several different types of CCRC communities with several different fee schedules.
The housing often includes single family attached or detached cottages and apartments. As needs change the resident can move to different parts of the community. Often times spouses needs may vary and both can be accommodated in the same community.