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Question DetailsAsked on 6/23/2013

I need help finding independent living for seniors for my mom. No need additional services. Just an apartment.

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As I understand your question, it appears you are looking for Level I senior living - an apartment complex with recreational and meal facilities and shuttle van service to appointments and shopping and recreation, but you mother does not need assistance with daily living activites or medical care at this time ? Read up on the various levels of facilities by Googling - levels of assisted living

Here is a good Angie's List article on types of elder living and how to select one -

A number of resources for you:

1) more states and counties and larger cities in the US have an elder assistance booklet (usually published by the Health Department or Senior Care Ombudsman's Office) - check your local government website. These booklets list local resources for health, recreation, living, transportation, etc - a VERY good reference to have. Most also license such facilities, so cann provide a list of ALL local licensed facilities.

2) your local publicSenior Center and Activity Center may maintain a list of local facilities

3) your state, county, or sity (depending on local) will perform inspections on all such facilities - find which agency does it, then find out ratings for each facility from them

4) there are also nationwide ratings for this type of facilities, done by a couple of different organizations - Google this phrase - senior living facility ratings

5) Assisted Living Federation of America ( is the nationwide organization probably most commonly referred to for info and ratings in this area - sort of like AARP for senior living residents and family

6) Google the following phrase, and the first bunch of listings that come up are either nationwide elder living facility companies and assistance non-profit organization with good suggestions - independent living facilities

7) most large hospitals maintain lists (unranked and unrated) of local elder care and out-patient transition facilities - contact their public affairs or patient transition officer

8) her primary care physician would have heard good and bad about various facilities and may be able to recommend a few, particularly if he/she is a geriatric specialist

9) AARP has some good suggestions and articles on senior care facilities on their website -

10) word of mouth from neighbors, friends, co-workers etc who have helped their parents move to a simpler life>

11) From several experiences (all good, fortunately) with family members, I would STRONGLY suggest a facility with multi-level care on-site. The transition from independent living with no assistance needed to needing at least some assistance comes without warning and usually sooner than you think, and using a multi-level facility avoids the stress and hassle for both of you from having to move facilities to upgrade the level of care. Some elders can start this process with in-home care at their regular apartment, some not, and of course $ comes into the decision also. A major factor in the decision is insurance and Medicare coverages also, because some assistance with ADL's may be covered, but nursing home care generally is not covered except for post-hospital recovery peridos or until full-time nursing is medically necessary.

A patient in these facilities can start off with an independent apartment in the residence wing or building with the only service (other than recreational facilities) being weekly or daily maid service like to that of a hotel, then the resident can decide at will to quit cooking partially or fully and start using the cafeteria as desired on a per-meal basis then transition to full meal plan as desired, add light personal care when needed, stop driving and use shuttle van when that becomes necessary, then transition to assisted-living (sometimes without a room move, sometimes requires move to a different building or wing) for help with personal hygience and dressing when needed, then ultimately transition to full nursing care (either temporarily for a sickness or after a hospitalization, or permanently) when needed.

Not to push any particular firm, but as examples you can check out Brookfield Assisted Living, Brookdale Senior Living, Sunrise Senior Living, Capital Senior Living, or Emeritus Corp websites as examples - you can read up on how the multi-level care facilities work, and what nationwide facilities might be in your area of interest. You can also Google - nationwide assisted living

Check out listings to find possible facilities in your area (including Angie's List), then eMail or call for their brochure - they are commonly quite informative and have many pictures, which can help the elderly resident-to-be make decisions regarding room sizew and desire for outside view window or not, baqlcony, etc. Then before making a decision visit several after checking their ratings. If your mother is frail you could do all this yourself, then taking her to visit one to three after you have short-listed for location, room configurations, services, ratings, costs, availability, etc.

Typically, when an elderly person has reached the point of needing to or being ready to move to a senior facility, they commonly say "OK" to the first one they see and do not have the energy to look at a selection (or even a selection of rooms), so it will likely be up to you to do the screening and make most of the decisions. Bear in mind that unless the need is immediate and urgent, the selection process will typically take a few months, particularly if multiple family members are involved (which can raise its own problems) or if you are choosing between multiple locales, and then wait times to move into a particular facility can be anywhere from a day to a year or so - typically a few months.

Good Luck

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


Hello, this is Kiel with Angie's List. You'll want to log in at and search for the categories Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, or Apartments to see our top rated providers in that area. You can also contact our call center at 1-888-944-5478 or send a written request to for more information.

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Thanks so much!

Answered 4 years ago by KielH

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