Understand the Differences Between 55+ Communities and Independent Senior Living Communities

Posted By on July 8, 2022

Whether you want to enjoy an active lifestyle, explore supportive services with assisted living, or require more dedicated support in a memory care community, there are more opportunities than ever before in the senior living space.

Because there are so many options available, knowing the differences between the various lifestyle options can become challenging. At HarborChase of Cordova, offering independent senior living, assisted living, and memory care in Cordova, Tennessee, we provide informative and educational resources to guide you on your senior living search. We are dedicated to helping you understand your options so you can make the best choice for you and your family.

Our team highlights the difference between two lifestyle options that may cause confusion: 55+ communities and independent senior living communities. Although they are both geared toward active retirees, the two options due have unique differences we want to make sure you recognize.

Life in a 55+ Community

One of the key differences between independent living and a 55+ community is how the community is structured. Individuals who move into a 55+ community can expect to find a dedicated neighborhood designed specifically for older adults. Although there may be other entry requirements, the first and most obvious is age.

Another difference is that many 55+ communities require homeownership. While residences are within a gated-style community, individuals have to buy their property and either handle the maintenance themselves or pay additional fees for lawn mowing, power washing, etc. In addition, unlike independent living, a 55+ community rarely offers additional services such as housekeeping, on-site dining, and life enrichment programs.

Some 55+ communities will feature shared spaces such as a community pool or clubhouse, but that is not always the case. However, these communities are good options for active retirees who want to maintain their independence in their homes while living in a secure neighborhood surrounded by peers.

Advantages of Independent Senior Living 

Although living in a 55+ community makes sense for some retirees, independent living has distinct advantages. At our independent senior living community in Cordova, Tennessee, these advantages include world-class hospitality, incredible amenities, and opportunities to celebrate every day.

Resort-Style Amenities

HarborChase of Cordova offers amenities you will not find in a 55+ neighborhood. We designed a community that caters to residents’ needs and preferences to create an enhanced retirement lifestyle.

Our Cordova community is only 20 minutes outside of Memphis, allowing for day trips or nights out. We also feature on-site amenities, including a salon and spa, putting green, and a fitness and wellness center.

HarborChase of Cordova was created with the residents at heart. Unlike a 55+ community, we are less like a gated neighborhood and more in style and service to an all-inclusive resort.

Elevated Dining

Our elevated dining experiences are another element that sets our independent senior living community in Cordova, Tennessee, apart from 55+ communities. From American classics to grab-and-go to private parties and wine tastings, HarborChase of Cordova features several on-site dining venues so residents can always try something new, delicious, and exciting.

Convenience and Ease

Although living in a 55+ community may work for some older adults, the burden is still on the homeowner to handle maintenance and upkeep. In contrast, our independent living community handles all maintenance and provides optional daily housekeeping and laundry services, so residents only have more time to do the things they love.

Whether you want to enjoy an exquisite meal in our fine dining restaurants, explore art and cooking classes, or improve your physical fitness with regular group exercise classes, something is available to meet your needs and desires. We believe senior living should be celebrated, and we want to help you celebrate every day.

And because everything is available within our community, there are also opportunities for residents to meet and engage in social events and activities. We are committed to fostering a warm, welcoming atmosphere at HarborChase of Cordova, from how our associates greet residents and guests to the emphasis we place on health and wellness.

If you are interested in learning more about independent senior living in Cordova, Tennessee, we encourage you to contact our HarborChase of Cordova team today. We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

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