Independent Living

What is Independent Living?

For many older adults independent living can be a good retirement living option that lies
between active adult living and assisted living. independent living residences are similar to
active adult communities where resort-like amenities and social engagement are the norm.
Independent living residences even provide a more carefree lifestyle of amenities and services, but do not provide the personal care services found in assisted living.


Types of Housing
Independent Living Residences provide freedom from the hassles of home maintenance and are generally rental communities. Housing options may include:
• Apartments
• Cottages or villas
• Duplexes
• Townhomes
• Condos


Independent Living Residences are designed to make things easier and more convenient. Many Independent Living Residences offer the following amenities and more:
• Swimming pool
• Fitness center
• Beauty salon and barber shop
• Game and billiard room
• Library
• Movie theater
• Woodworking shop
• Arts & craft room
• Auditorium

Social Engagement
Independent Living Residences create opportunities to connect with friends and participate in community activities. Most Independent Residences have an activities director who keeps the fun going with live entertainment, dancing, gardening, arts and crafts, parties, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes, movie nights, and much more. With so much to do with activities, clubs, interest groups, residents Services
• Typical Services are
• In-house restaurant style dining
• Housekeeping
• Linen service
• Laundry service
• Transportation
• Security


Most independent living residences are rental communities and many are all-inclusive. This means the monthly base rent fee covers housing, utilities, meals, services and amenities. Generally, phone, cable and internet are the residents responsibility. Be sure to ask and see paperwork of any other monthly costs or move-in fees before signing any documents.

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