Independent Living (IL) refers to a community of senior adults 55+ living in a residence who are physically independent or need minimal care. They enjoy the freedom to live in their apartment but have services like prepared meals in a dining hall and housekeeping along with the option to socialize with other retirees in scheduled activities. Residences often provide transportation to doctors, access to fitness classes or gyms, and regularly scheduled social or cultural activities that help foster an engaged, healthy lifestyle.
The best candidates are those who want to transition into group living with the freedom to live independently and have few to no medical needs. While many residences don’t have medical staff on-site, there is always the option to hire an at-home caregiver or choose a specific residency licensed to staff their nurses.
There is a wide range of IL communities that offer different services, amenities, and sizes of housing. From large townhouses to single-room apartments, a community can range from 50 to 100 residents with utilities and technology like cable TV and Wi-Fi included. Since many rooms come unfurnished, residents can decorate with their belongings to make it feel like home. Some rooms are large enough to include kitchenettes to accommodate mini-fridges and microwaves in addition to residents having access to a communal dining hall. Depending on the facility, other amenities range from fitness gyms, tennis courts, and swimming pools to spas, barbers, and beauty salons.
In fostering a sense of community and emotional well-being, many residences offer cultural and/or educational classes and lectures, social activities like movie nights and crafts projects, exercise classes and/or yoga, as well as day trips for sight-seeing or visiting museums. A majority offer shuttle service to local shopping areas and restaurants. Rather than living alone, a sense of belonging to a family of friends is often preferable for many adults.
Given the array of different options, our team of expert advisers can help you explore what would suit you or your loved one’s needs, as well as answer your questions and concerns before you settle on the best fit. From choosing a residency that includes basic room and board to those with hotel-like amenities like swimming pools and salons, evaluating these choices and financial costs can feel overwhelming. Our team provides you with all that important information—including taking you to visit different communities for free—before you decide. Our consultations are provided at no cost to you!
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Call to speak with a Senior Care Advisor, who will complete an over-the-phone consultation with you to help us understand your physical, financial and geographic needs.
We will explain the various Senior Living and Care options available to you, and match you with the options that best meet your needs and preferences.
On our complimentary guided tours, a Senior Care Advisor will personally drive you to the senior living options that you select. All senior living communities have been pre-screened and evaluated by Placement Helpers to ensure a high quality of care.
We will be in touch with you throughout the entire process, helping you with any questions or concerns you may have, and can speak with communities on your behalf. Once you or your loved one has moved in, we will follow you up to make sure you are highly satisfied with your new community.