U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

06/29/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/30/2020 20:51

Living in or Visiting Retirement Communities or Independent Living Facilities

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:

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.