Semi-independent living options are for individuals who have some difficulty with performing certainactivities of daily living on their own. They need to be able to access a higher level of needed support from family members, friends, or third party home care aides and home healthcare professionals.

The type of semi-independent living option chosen is a function of the degree to which you require assistance, and the nature of that assistance; it is a “needs-driven” choice.

Semi-independent living options may involve having other family members living in the same household or in an attached household.
Alternatively, they may involve involve living in a community designed specifically for people over 55 years of age, which offers organized activities, and progressive ADL-based services to residents as their needs grow.

The semi-independent living options addressed in this section include:

  1. Accessory dwelling units;
  2. Multigenerational Households;
  3. Active adult communities; and
  4. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs).

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In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes Paperback – March 15, 2011

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