08 Apr Special legal concerns for independent retirement communities
People are living longer today than ever before and enjoying good health well into their senior years. These seniors have enjoyed an active lifestyle and are looking forward to enjoying a retirement with stress-free living such as an independent retirement community.
An independent retirement community is an ideal living situation for seniors who are still able to maintain a safe, healthy lifestyle with minimal assistance. These retirement communities allow seniors without medical needs to live in a community where they can maintain an active lifestyle and enjoy social activities with other seniors.
There are many benefits for seniors living in an independent retirement community. For seniors enjoying good health, they can continue to perform everyday living tasks like preparing meals, cleaning and socially interacting.
There are also other amenities that seniors may find attractive. These include organized social activities, recreational centers, gym facilities and other activities. Some retirement communities also aid seniors with tasks such as cooking and cleaning if needed.
However, even if a person is in good health when entering the retirement community, if he or she develops medical issues, the community may not be designed to adequately address the new medical needs or special living requirements.
If a senior falls and is injured or has some other type of medical emergency and suffers physical harm in the retirement home, the owners of the home could face some legal ramifications. Retirement home owners can mitigate some of their risks by organizing a professional risk management program and taking proper safety precautions to prevent injuries to residents living in the community.
If you are considering a real estate investment in a retirement community, Barsh & Cohen has seasoned legal professionals who are able to answer liability questions for any potential or existing real estate investments. Contact us for a consultation.