What is a retirement community?

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A retirement community usually provides independent-living housing plus services for older adults. The community typically owns the housing and rents to residents. Accommodations usually are an apartment, townhouse, cottage or patio home. The community usually handles all grounds keeping and maintenance services.

A retirement community usually has a package of services available that includes some (or all) meals in a community dining room, scheduled transportation, security, housekeeping and planned activities. The community also may offer amenities such as a beauty/barber shop, chaplain and religious services and gift shop.

Often, a retirement community has other levels of care on site.

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