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Frequently asked questions about senior living

Q: What is senior living? How does it differ from assisted living or independent living?

A: The term "senior living" encompasses a range of living options for older people, including independent living and assisted living. Independent living communities, like those offered by Atria Retirement, are for active people who want to enjoy their independence while living in a vibrant community of people they can relate to and connect with.

Assisted living is for people who need help with certain daily tasks, like bathing, getting dressed and medication assistance. Atria Retirement does not offer assisted living services, but they are available to our residents through third-party providers.

Q: How do I know if Atria Retirement is right for me or my family member?

A: Atria Retirement communities are places where seniors enjoy the opportunity to simplify their lifestyle, live independently and spend more time doing things they enjoy. Each community is warm and engaging, designed for seniors who want to remain active and involved.

Visit an Atria Retirement community near you to learn more.

Q: Must new residents pay a security deposit when moving into an Atria Retirement community?

A: In most of our communities, no security deposit is required. The only upfront cost that may be required is a community fee. Because this varies by community and by state, check with the community of your choice for more information.

Q: Can I bring my own furnishings?

A: Absolutely. This is your home, and you should have all the comforts and furnishings you enjoy. Atria Retirement residents take pride in decorating their apartments and entrances as a way of adding their own personal touch to their homes.

Q: Can I bring my pet?

A: We know your pet is an important member of the family. That's why every Atria Retirement community allows residents to have pets in their apartment. Size and temperament requirements vary, so check with the community you are considering for more details.

Q: Do Atria Retirement communities allow smoking?

A: We are sensitive to the health needs of all of our residents, so most Atria Retirement communities are non-smoking environments. However, some of our communities offer dedicated areas for residents and their guests to smoke, and some allow residents to smoke in the privacy of their own apartment. Check with the community of your choice for more information.

Q: Are emergency call systems available?

A: Yes. In order to ensure our residents feel safe at all times, Atria Retirement communities provide emergency alert systems. Speak with the community of your choice for more details.

Q: What kinds of events and activities are offered?

A: Residents often tell us that since moving to Atria Retirement, their social calendars are busier than ever. That's because of our signature Engage Life® events program, which is based on residents' hobbies and interests. Every event and activity on our social calendar is designed to touch on at least one of eight specific dimensions of engagement that comprise a fulfilling lifestyle.

When you move into one of our communities, our Engage Life Director will spend time getting to know you and exploring your interests. From concerts, theater outings, celebrations and shopping to movies, games, dancing and more, there is always something fun and interesting to do.

Q: How's the food?

A: At Atria Retirement, our residents eat well. You'll enjoy three delicious meals every day in our community dining venues. Menus are planned to meet your nutritional needs. No-concentrated-sweets and no-salt-added diets are accommodated, and requests are always welcome.

Q: How much privacy will I have?

A: In short, as much as you want. Even though we offer a wealth of events, activities and delicious meals, you are free to spend your time how and where you like. Though, with a community full of interesting people and things to do, you'll likely find your inner social butterfly.

Q: Is transportation provided?

A: Yes. Residents of Atria Retirement enjoy access to scheduled transportation for local appointments and errands.