Independent Living Guide: What is it, Where to find it |

What is Independent Living?

Independent living communities offer the benefits of a full-service community, such as meals in a restaurant setting, housekeeping, transportation and social activities. Wellness programs may be available, but typically there are no medical care options. These communities simplify your life, as many day-to-day chores are handled for you.

You do not have to be able to live independently to live in an independent living community. However, any assistance you may need beyond what is provided for all residents will be your responsibility; it will not be provided by the community or included in your rent.

Who is eligible for Independent Living?

Independent living communities are best suited for adults 55+ seeking all the benefits of being in their own home (an apartment or cottage), without the worry of home maintenance, chores or cooking.

Residents benefit from convenient services, senior-friendly amenities and the increased social opportunities typically offered by independent living communities.

What if you want assistance?

Independent living facilities are ideal for those needing no help with daily living activities, as most communities do not offer medical care or nursing staff. However, your ability or that of a person living with you to live independently is not a requirement for residency.

Just know that, if you are in an independent living community, you will have to make your own arrangements for medical or nursing care, as well as for help with day-to-day activities unless such assistance is provided for all residents.

If you want daily living assistance (with bathing, dressing, mobility, etc.) provided by the residential community, you might want to explore assisted living .