Services may include utilities, maintenance, housekeeping, meal programs, emergency response systems and transportation. These services may be included in the monthly fee or on an a la carte basis. The number and extent of services varies from community to community. Some housing with services communities may also include expanded services such as sundry stores, salon services, wellness programming, fitness centers or banking. Housing with services communities are not healthcare entities, and medical services are not typically provided, although residents may obtain services via licensed home care agencies or other agencies.
An individual who may benefit from living in a housing with services community may:
- no longer be interested in or able in or able to keep up with lawn care, snow removal or other home maintenance tasks;
- desire socialization and the companionship of having close friends and neighbors nearby;
- require or desire assistance with general housekeeping;
- need a nutritionally-balanced meal on a daily basis, or does not like to cook;
- not be able to drive or prefer to ride instead of drive;
- desire added security or feel uncomfortable living alone;
- enjoy participating in spiritual, recreational, entertainment or wellness programming; or
- want the security and peace of mind of being part of a community in which other housing or healthcare options are available, if needed.
Many senior housing with services structures are multi-unit apartment buildings that often include common areas such as community dining and kitchen space, chapels, multi-purpose rooms, libraries, laundry facilities and wellness or fitness areas. These common areas and shared spaces help provide a sense of community for residents and a space for social interaction.
In communities where other types of building types exist (such as twinhomes or duplexes), the common areas of the multi-unit apartment building may be shared with residents living in other areas of the campus or members of the greater local community.