- On-Site Medical Staff
- Chef Prepared Meals
- Dietary Accommodations
- Transportation Services
- Laundry Service
- 24-Hour Staff
- Medication Management
- Planned Activities
- Pet Friendly
- Multiple Floor Plans
- Private Rooms
- Fitness Center
- Activity Space
- Theater Room
- Beauty Salon
- Outdoor Patio
- Walking Paths
- Free Wi-Fi
- Senior Living
- Assisted Living
- Independent Living
- Memory Care
- Nursing Home
- At-Home Care
- Respite Care
Renaissance Austin, a Holiday Retirement Community
Located directly across the street from Great Hills Neighborhood Park, the Renaissance-Austin retirement community offers an idyllic senior living experience that features either independent living or the higher level care of assisted living. Perched atop 17 wooded acres with a lush 2-acre lawn, this community is located within 2 miles of several doctors and dentists. Around the community, you’ll find stately homes and quiet shady streets. It’s just a mile to Research Road, where you can enjoy an array of restaurants and shopping.
When you’re craving some hustle and bustle, it’s only 12 miles to all of Austin’s top sites. Learn about the state’s history at the Bullock Museum and Texas State Capitol. Spend time exploring the rose gardens, koi ponds and trails of Zilker Botanical Garden, often called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”.
Renaissance-Austin is an award-winning, independent senior living community. Awards include the 2020 Great Place to Work certification and the 2019 Great Place to Work certification.
Is Independent Living Right for Me?
At independent living communities, seniors are able to relax and spend day-to-day life doing what really matters — living.
Independent living communities are residences that include apartments, meals, social activities, transportation, and amenities meant to simplify life for older adults. All of these services are included in rent, making independent living communities convenient and affordable for many older adults.
Today’s senior living options are a far cry from the past. Historically, older adults moved into a senior living community based out of need. They may have had medical issues or cognitive issues. Perhaps their loved ones made the decision for them. That isn’t the case now.
There are still senior living options like nursing homes for people struggling with serious medical or functional issues. However, the last few decades have given rise to a different kind of senior living community. One that allows older adults to focus on enjoyment, relaxation, and growth. An independent living community is one of these options.
In an independent living community you will:
Live in Apartments or Cottages
An independent living community offers the best of both worlds. You have your own private space, as well as opportunities for socializing whenever you feel like it. That’s important because community is more important than ever as we age. Research shows isolation puts seniors at higher risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, depression, and other medical conditions.
Senior living communities like Holiday Retirement offer studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, as well as private cottages. Just like any other home, you’re able to furnish and decorate however you’d like, so it feels cozy and welcoming.
Share Common Areas
Shared spaces in independent living communities become an extension of your home. They typically include dining areas, activity rooms,a library, fitness center, chapel, and computer room. Some retirement communities may also have amenities like salons, pools, gazebos, theatres, and dog parks. Many Holiday Retirement communities have some or all of these amenities..
Dine on Chef-Prepared Meals
No more grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up after meals. An independent living community provides meals in a restaurant-style dining room. Some senior living apartments include kitchens or kitchenettes for those times you feel like preparing your own meal.
Older adults often eat less frequently and lack variety. This puts them at higher risk for heart issues, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions. Independent living communities can help you keep up proper nutrition, and maintain variety in your diet.
Culinary teams at Holiday retirement communities are led by executive chefs. They plan meals with input from dieticians trained in the nutrition needs of older adults. Menus include at least three entree options and several healthy choices. Our chefs are passionate about making meals delicious and well-balanced. They enjoy making residents part of the meal-planning process by hosting roundtables and collecting recipe ideas.
Benefit From Safety Features
Besides “safety in numbers,” many senior living communities offer several safety features. Living alone puts you at higher risk for:
Problems with daily activities
Holiday Retirement residents feel safe knowing they can lean on a caring community of staff and neighbors when they need help. All residents have a personal emergency response device. This device sends help with the touch of a button. No need to worry about food, supplies, icy sidewalks, or power outages during severe weather. We have proven disaster preparedness plans, abundant resources, and maintenance staff to take care of it all. We also have extensive infectious disease protocols approved by the CDC and health departments.
Participate in Activities and Events
Some people may conjure up visions of bingo and bridge when they think of senior living communities. While those are great past times that you may find in independent living communities, there’s also a wide range of activities for any interest.
Holiday independent living communities are filled with vibrant residents who have varying interests and passions. Each community has a resident experience coordinator. These staff members plan daily activities based on resident input and interests. Some of our residents enjoy fitness classes or walking clubs. Others love art classes and gardening projects. We have bowling teams, knitting clubs, and bean bag baseball tournaments. Events like live music, happy hours, entertainers, and themed parties are also favorite happenings. There’s always something going on, and plenty of people to do it with.
Receive Cleaning and Maintenance Services
Housekeeping and maintenance are usually included in rent at independent living communities. Holiday senior living communities provide housekeeping and linen services. Common areas follow strict sanitizing and cleaning protocols. Community repairs and upkeep are handled by our maintenance team
Use Complimentary Transportation
Living in an independent living community doesn’t mean you need to give up your car. Choose to drive your own car or leave the driving to someone else. Senior living communities usually offer complimentary transportation. Holiday independent living communities provide free transportation to shopping, errands, appointments, and community excursions.
As we age, our risk for car accidents increases. Senior living residents have peace of mind knowing that if they stop driving, they’re already set up with transportation for all of their local needs.
The Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living
Many people get confused about the difference between independent living and assisted living. One key difference is in the level of care provided.
Assisted living community staff help with personal care like dressing, bathing, and administering medication. There’s staff onsite around the clock. Some of these communities have a physician or physician’s assistant residents can use for an extra cost.
Assisted living communities are not healthcare facilities. They do not directly provide medical care or rehabilitation for people with health conditions. Seniors who need regular assistance with a medical condition live in a nursing home. Those with Alzheimer’s or cognitive issues typically live in a memory care unit. Some assisted living facilities include a memory care unit.
Independent living communities do not provide help with personal care. Rent goes toward housing, meals, utilities, maintenance, transportation, activities, and events. Residents who need extra help with daily tasks can use home health aides. These are outside providers that assist with bathing, dressing, managing medication, and other daily tasks. One benefit of going this route is you only pay for the assistance you need rather than paying a set monthly amount regardless of your level of care.
How Much Does Independent Living Cost?
The average monthly rent for independent living communities is $2,800, but varies widely by location and amenities.They are usually more affordable than assisted living, which averages around $4,000 a month. Independent living communities are less expensive because rent doesn’t account for help with daily activities like dressing and bathing. Residents can use outside providers for assistance, hiring them for as much or as little time as needed.
How To Pay for Independent Living?
People typically pay for senior living with funds from real estate, social security, and savings. Some will use bridge loans to help cover gaps between selling a home and moving into an independent living community. Loved ones sometimes chip in money if funds fall short. Many senior living residents are surprised how bundled bills can actually save them money in the long run.
Is Independent Living Right For Me?
If you’re unsure if an independent living community is the right option for you, consider these factors:
Privacy is important to you, but you also like the option to socialize with friends whenever you choose.
You like the idea of letting someone else take care of grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and maintenance, so you can focus on other things.
You don’t need help with personal care like bathing, dressing, and taking medications (Though, you can always use a home health aide to help with these tasks.).
Writing one check a month that covers rent, meals, utilities, maintenance, transportation, and activities appeals to you.
You like the option to drive your own car, or take complimentary transportation to errands, appointments, shopping, and errands.
You’re looking for more peace of mind when it comes to safety around potential falls, emergencies, severe weather, and cleaning.
See for Yourself
Consider taking a tour of an independent living community to get a feel for what it’s all about. There’s no obligation to sign a lease. A virtual or in-person tour gives you a chance to view apartments, common areas, and get all of your questions answered.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities are residences for older adults that need help with personal care and daily activities. Learn more about what is included with assisted living.
In the past, a nursing home was the only option for aging adults with challenges that made it unsafe for them to live alone. Senior living options have expanded over the years, offering older adults more choices based on the level of care they need. Assisted living communities are one of these options.
What Does Assisted Living Provide?
Assisted living communities are geared toward seniors who may have minor cognitive or mobility issues that interfere with their ability to do daily tasks.
Assisted living typically includes personal care services like:
Getting into bed
Taking medications as instructed
Getting to and from meals, activities, and the restroom
These retirement communities also include amenities like:
Assisted living communities are not health care facilities. They do not provide the same level of medical care and personal assistance as nursing homes. People with Alzheimers, significant medical conditions, or severe mobility issues are better suited for nursing homes or memory care units.
Is Assisted Living Right for Me?
If you need help with everyday activities, but don’t require daily medical oversight, an assisted living community could be a good option. These retirement communities can help older adults who value independence, but are at risk of danger or discomfort living alone.
According to the National Center for Assisted Living:
More than half of assisted living residents are over 85
64% of residents need help with bathing
57% of residents need assistance walking
48% need help getting dressed
40% need help getting to the restroom
29% need help getting into bed
Some common health conditions in assisted living residents include:
High blood pressure
A retirement community might also be right for you if you’re feeling isolated or lonely. Research shows how important it is for older adults to have a supportive community of friends. Being around people can lower your risk for issues like depression, memory issues, heart disease, and cancer.
What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living?
Assisted living communities and independent living communities are both senior residences. Both provide opportunities to socialize with people in the same season of life. The main differences in these retirement communities are price, level of care, and lifestyle preferences.
Independent living communities are for adults 55 and older who want to simplify life. As the name implies, residents are independent. They don’t require assistance with personal care or medications.
Many residents choose an independent living community for the all-inclusive lifestyle it provides. Rent covers an apartment, three chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, transportation, utilities, maintenance, and a daily schedule of activities and events.
Independent living communities are usually much less expensive than assisted living communities. Rent goes toward amenities and activities instead of to residents’ personal care. Independent living residents who need extra help with personal care can hire home health aides to provide extra assistance as needed.
Assisted living communities offer many of the same amenities as independent living communities. They provide meals, transportation, utilities, and planned activities. Residents typically move into an assisted living community out of need.
The cost of personal care and 24/7 staff is included in an assisted living community’s rent.This is why assisted living rent tends to be higher than independent living communities. There’s at least two staff members on site around the clock. Residents get help with bathing, taking medication, dressing, and using the restroom.
What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes?
Assisted living communities are based in home-like settings. Residents typically have their own apartments and share common areas. They receive help with personal care. Many assisted living communities have an onsite physician that residents can use for an additional cost. Residents can choose to participate in activities.
Nursing homes are more clinical in nature. They provide a wide range of medical services in addition to personal care. Seniors and people with disabilities who require ongoing medical supervision but don’t need hospitalization may live in nursing homes. Common medical conditions in nursing home residents include dementia, stroke, mental disorders, heart conditions, amputations, blindness, and nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?
The average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,051 according to a 2019 Genworth survey. Rent varies by location, amenities, and level of care. Some assisted living communities require entry fees.
Cost can also change as needs change. For instance, some facilities include memory care units. This level of care is more intensive and more expensive.
How To Pay for Assisted Living
Most people use a combination of financial resources to pay for assisted living. Medicare does not pay for assisted living. Medicaid sometimes covers specific expenses in a medicaid-approved facility. Medicaid coverage starts after you’ve depleted personal funds.
Typically, assisted living residents cover rent with:
Real estate profits
Long-term care insurance
Benefits of Assisted Living Communities
These types of retirement communities can be a good option for older adults with minor physical and mental challenges.
Some benefits of assisted living communities include:
Privacy of your own apartment with the option to socialize in common areas.
Staff who help you with personal care so that you’re not dependent on a loved one to assist with these needs.
Not having to worry about planning, preparing, or cooking meals.
Linen and light housekeeping services are typically included in rent.
Option to participate in activities and events.
An assisted living community isn’t always the answer for older adults who want or need to move out of their home. If you don’t require assistance with everyday activities, independent living communities can provide the “safety in numbers” and connection with others that many seniors desire at a more affordable price.
Have Questions About Senior Living?
If you’re not sure what type of retirement community is best for you or your loved one, we can help. Holiday Retirement has a 50-year history of empowering older adults to live healthier and happier lives. We’ll help you determine what senior living situation makes most sense for your wants and needs.