Independent Living

Enjoy the safety, peace and comfort of a community setting while still enjoying the complete privacy of your own apartment. Chelsea Independent Living offers beautiful, spacious studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom private rental apartments attached at our Fanwood, West Milford and Warren communities, plus 12 luxury 2-bedroom apartments in The Lofts at Chelsea.

All of our independent living apartments are for active seniors who want to enjoy the security, support, and social and recreational opportunities that a Chelsea community provides.

For more information about independent living at The Chelsea at Bald Eagle in West Milford, or to schedule a visit, click here. For more information about The Lofts at Chelsea and/or the Independent Living apartments attached to our Fanwood community, or to schedule a visit, please click here.

How Seniors Find an Independent Living Community

Looking at senior housing options can be confusing.  From staying-at-home to moving into registered nursing facilities, the right living situation for a senior citizen and his or her family members depends on a variety of factors, including health needs, budget, family resources, and location. The right solution is one that maximizes the blend of independence and assistance, while simultaneously preparing for any changes in the future.

In New Jersey, there are several categories of housing options for senior citizens: accessory apartments, adult family care (AFC) homes, adult retirement communities, affordable/subsidized housing, assisted living residences (ALR), boarding homes, comprehensive personal care homes (CPCH), congregate apartment housing, continuing-care retirement communities (CCRC), elder cottage housing opportunities (ECHO), home sharing, mobile home parks, multi-level facilities, nursing homes, residential health care facilities (RHCF), shared living residences, and subsidized apartments for the elderly.

Accessory apartments, often known as mother-daughter-units, are separate living spaces built onto a traditional single-family home. ECHO units, also known as granny pods, are another way to have family members live in close proximity.  These are great options for living with a family member, especially in close and supportive families, but may not work for families where zoning laws do not permit those changes, where all of the younger family members work full-time jobs, or where there are existing conflicts between generations.

Adult retirement communities are aimed at active, independent, and outgoing seniors.  These communities offer independent housing in a variety of forms, and focused social activities, but little in the way or healthcare or assisted living support.  The communities may be composed of single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, or a blend of housing types.

Affordable or subsidized housing units are units available for households that make less than 80 percent of the county’s median income.  These units may be available to people of all ages or dedicated subsidized apartments for the elderly.

Assisted living residences are licensed facilities and overseen by the New Jersey Department of Health.  These facilities offer housing and living care for seniors who need extra assistance and have staff available 24 hours a day.  Usually, these facilities allow seniors to age in place, by providing private living in apartment-type settings, while also offering communal services, such as a community dining hall.  Comprehensive Personal Care Homes offer similar services to an assisted living facility, but generally in a smaller-setting that can be as small as four seniors and a proprietor.

Continuing-care retirement communities are aimed at providing multiple levels of care for seniors.  The introductory level of care is independent living, but these facilities provide increasing levels of care as needs increase.  Continuing-care retirement communities are a specific designation, which are regulated by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.  Other facilities that offer multiple levels of care are known as multi-level facilities.  Chelsea Senior Living’s wide array of senior living options provides a continuing-care type model for its residents, with the goal of aging-in-place.

There are several types of shared or community living options in New Jersey.  Home-sharing, shared living, and boarding homes all provide communal living options with varying levels of services.  It is important to really understand the rights and obligations of any person entering into a shared living scenario.  For example, there are multiple types of boarding home options in New Jersey.  Class A provides housing but not services, while Class B and Class C boarding homes offer additional assistance, such as meals and cleaning services.  Class C provides the highest level of services.

Residential health care facilities are overseen by a nurse, and provide intermediate-level care.  Seniors in these facilities have access to staff, as well as medical supervision.  They are a step below nursing homes, which provide 24-hour supervision by nurses, and must be prescribed by a physician.  Nursing homes may be an end-of-life option, but they are also frequently temporary options for seniors who are recovering from illnesses, surgeries, or other debilitating health conditions.  Many times nursing homes are referred to as rehab facilities, when they focus on short-term residences.

Each type of living scenario has its pros and cons, making them the right choice for some groups of seniors.

Chelsea Senior Living was designed to maintain flexibility in light of the changing living needs of senior citizens.  At our independent living facility, seniors can live in apartment units that are fully-functioning and stocked for daily life.  However, seniors also have access to a range of services that can make daily life a little easier, whether that means relying on housekeeping staff or using our dining facilities to make meal times easier.  You also get access to all of the social and recreational opportunities available in the community, while still having total privacy in your living facility.

The best way to experience the Chelsea Senior Living difference is to tour our facility.  Call us today to arrange a tour of our Fanwood, West Milford, or Warren communities.

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