As people age, their needs for housing may change. This is not simply because the children have moved out and there’s too much space; it’s also about decreasing mobility, flexibility, and endurance. Over time, stairs can become an obstacle, large yards may prove exhausting or expensive to maintain, and DIY repairs on the roof or household systems may become an inconvenience or even an impossibility. Senior citizen condominium has developed to meet the challenges of aging. At minimum, the design of these properties helps residents overcome physical limitations, and basic condo association services reduce the burden of upkeep. Some communities offer a continuum of maintenance, social, and medical assistance — up to and including hospice care — for each progressive life stage.

Independant senior living. Senior condos are on the less intensive end of the spectrum, generally denoting spaces designed thoughtfully for older people to live independently. As in traditional condominiums, the unit is the private space and maintenance responsibility of its owner, and the condo association will handle anything related to the exterior and common spaces. Senior living condos may include more accessible floor plans than other complexes, social activities aimed at the peer group, and optional interior maintenance contracts. When frequent medical attention or personal assistance with daily tasks becomes necessary, it may be time to consider professionally staffed living situations such as assisted living condos, memory care facilities, or skilled nursing homes.