Usually apartment or condominium complexes, independent living communities generally offer on-site amenities such as beauty salons, banks, fitness programs, and communal meals. They may even have a doctor who makes regular rounds.
Independent living communities offer a solution for seniors looking to simplify their lives but who don't necessarily need the individual attention found in nursing or assisted living homes. In most communities, residents care for themselves but are able to enjoy a simplified lifestyle -- free from everyday worries and chores such as cooking, cleaning, driving, or home maintenance.
Note: If your loved one needs help with activities of daily living (getting dressed, walking, eating meals, bathing, or toileting), an assisted living community might be a better fit. Learn more about the options in Nursing Home, Independent Living, or Assisted Living? Options Explained.
INDEPENDENT LIVING FEATURES While every independent living community is different, many of the leading providers feature communities that offer the following (and more):
- Chef-prepared meals made daily
- Activity and wellness coordinators that plan numerous events for the community
- Weekly housekeeping and linen service
- Local transportation services
- Suites that include kitchenettes or even full kitchens
- Live-in management and/or 24-hour security
- Chapel services
- Travel programs
- On-site barber shops and beauty salons
- Concierge service
COST OF INDEPENDENT LIVING The cost of an independent living community is generally quite a bit less than that of assisted living or nursing homes -- and it may be less expensive than living at home. Prices range widely, depending on the size of the suite and the services offered by the community; the range is generally $1,000 to $3,000 per month.
Independent living communities are private pay. Some require an entrance fee, also called a "buy-in" fee, while others merely require a month-to-month, all-inclusive rent payment.
Our trained staff will help you every step of the way in determining the best location.