Retirement communities and independent living facilities are residential or shared housing communities that are usually age-restricted (e.g., aged 55 and older) with residents who are partially or fully retired and can generally care for themselves without regular nursing or other routine medical assistance.
Many people living in retirement communities and independent living facilities are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because:
- Risk increased with age, and/or
- They may have underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
They also may be at higher risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 because of retirement community and independent living facility characteristics, such as frequent social activities, dining facilities and communal spaces, community activities, and shared transportation.
Residents of and visitors to retirement communities and independent living facilities can take everyday preventive actions to help keep their communities safe.