A Guide To The Types Of Living Space At Assisted Living Facilities

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Senior citizens make up a growing percentage of the US population. As you might expect, not all people have the same housing and care needs and desires in their later years. There are five major types of housing solution in the US market available to people living in assisted living communities. Here is a very brief guide to the kinds of rooms available, which naturally vary in quality from facility to facility. 


Studio apartments are the smallest, cheapest, and most suitable of the assisted living floorplans for people with acute cognitive and mobility issues. They do not usually contain any kind of cooking facilities but are usually furnished with an en-suite bathroom. Residents who cannot or do not wish to cook their own food or live expansively within their room usually opt for this option.

Studio With Kitchenette

Many residents in assisted living communities are perfectly able to cook for themselves and do not wish to join other members of the residence for food during every single meal. Studio rooms can be set up with basic kitchenettes without too much of an incursion on the space in the room. Kitchenettes are fine for preparing basic meals, but these rooms are still primarily useful for residents who want to take at least some of their meals with the main residential population. They are suitable for people that need regular medical care and assistance but wish to retain the ability to cook.


Suites contain a bit more living space and can be customized with furniture more completely than studio rooms. They are essentially small apartments with room enough to entertain guests, cook full meals, and relax in privacy and comfort. They are still housed in multiple occupancy buildings and are suitable for residents who need regular care. 


Full-sized apartments are often offered to residents in assisted living communities. Although housed in multiple occupancy buildings connected to food service and care staff, apartments typically contain living room spaces and all of the luxuries expected in a normal city apartment. Residents wishing to maintain their private lives to a large degree or work on their own projects in peace sometimes find this arrangement complimentary to their needs. 


Some assisted living facilities are essentially small towns or villages. This offers residents individual houses instead of units contained within one building. This is usually known as an independent living community. These communities suit residents who are keen to retain as much individual privacy and space as possible without compromising on care. Residents living in separate houses are able to essentially live completely individually and choose precisely how much they engage with the community at large. Communities such as this suit people in relatively good health who want to retire amongst people their own age. This living space style enables residents to socialize without the stress or hindrance of agency sometimes associated with multiple occupancy buildings. They are relatively expensive but are usually paid for with retirement funds and private health insurance policies. 

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