Different Kinds of Retirement Communities

A retirement home is a housing complex designed for older adults, who are generally able to care for themselves. The key to making the best choice is to match your housing with your lifestyle, health, and financial needs.

There are different types of retirement communities older adults can choose from including Active Adult Communities, Leisure Communities, Independent Living Communities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and more.

Active Adult Communities - Active Adult Communities include single family homes, town homes, cluster homes, multifamily housing and manufactured housing.

Leisure Communities - Homes in leisure communities are designed for empty nesters. There are no age restrictions. The environments often include amenities such as clubhouses, golf courses and community pools in resort-like settings.

Independent Living Communities - Age-restricted multi-family rental or ownership  housing with central dining facilities that provide residents, as part of a monthly fee, meals and other services such as housekeeping, linen service, transportation, and social and recreational activities.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities - Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer an independent living lifestyle for individuals who do not need constant physician or nursing supervision. This type of community is different from other housing and care options for older people because it offers a longer term contract that provides for housing, services and nursing care, usually all in one location.