Independent Living guide
What is Independent Senior Living?
The perfect solution for remaining independent while aging.
Independent living facilities are ideal for seniors who don’t necessarily need the in-depth, one-on-one support of an assisted living community but still want or need minor help with various day-to-day activities. Independent senior living communities offer a residential living setting for seniors who require minimal or no assistance.
Independent living communities are best for active seniors who wish to preserve their independence while connecting with other retired, active seniors and receiving minor assistance with tasks like laundry, running errands, and general home upkeep. Independent senior living residences may be apartment-style or housing co-ops acquired for an entrance fee or through a rental arrangement.
Independent Senior Living Services
While residents live independently, most independent living facilities offer amenities, activities, and services. Often, recreational centers or clubhouses are available onsite to allow individuals to connect with peers and participate in community activities, such as arts and crafts, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes, or movie nights. They may also offer facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, golf course and more. Other services offered may include onsite spas, hair salons, daily meals, basic housekeeping and laundry services.
Senior Placement Group can help you determine if independent senior living facilities are the right option for you or your loved one. Our Senior Living Advisors are happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you select the right community for your lifestyle preferences.
FAQs for Independent Senior Living
There are several differences between Independent Senior Living and Assisted Living. Assisted Living is ideal for individuals who need some assistance with daily activities in their home. And while they can still live independently at an assisted living facility, they can also receive support throughout the day. These support services range from meal preparation to cleaning, housekeeping, and maintenance around the home, as well as assistance with showering and medications.
Independent Senior Living communities are ideal for individuals who do not need assistance with their daily routines. For example, if your loved one is still able to cook meals for themselves, use the restroom independently, and generally get around without any assistance, this type of facility will most likely be a good fit. Oftentimes independent senior living facilities will have amenities that include residential dining services, medical care, and entertainment. Many of these communities often offer the option of assistance with tasks such as housekeeping and meals.
Independent senior living communities often provide several options in amenities for residents – All of which help to create a full, happy life filled with opportunities for socialization and community. Some of these amenities include:
Independent senior living communities will often plan events such as movie nights, tennis matches, group walks, and exercise classes. Of course, all events are optional and residents can pick and choose which activities they want to participate in each week.
Specific meal options will vary among communities, but oftentimes three meals per day are provided in the dining hall. These are optional, so residents can also choose to cook in their homes. Depending on the facility, each home will have either a full or partial kitchen.
Some independent senior living facilities also have restaurants and coffee shops.
Housekeeping services can be a big added benefit for some individuals moving into an independent senior living facility. This service often includes general cleaning around the home, shopping, and home maintenance. Again, this is usually provided as an option for residents.
Depending on the independent senior living facility you choose, they oftentimes allow pets under a certain size. This tends to be a significant perk for individuals who would like to bring their pet with them to their new home.
A signature element of independent senior living communities are the large common areas. These are ideal for socializing with friends and hosting parties and gatherings. Residents can visit with family or sit and read a book. There are also often multiple outdoor common areas that are perfect for grilling and playing outdoor games.
Some communities even have gardens that are shared, where residents can maintain their own garden in a social setting.
From gutter cleaning to cleaning up the yard and snow removal, groundskeeping can be very helpful for seniors and prevent potential injury.
At least one staff member is usually available 24/7 for questions or assistance. These staff members are most likely CPR certified.
Is Independent Senior Living the Right Choice For You?
How Easy is it for you to Maintain your Current Home?
How Easy is it for you to get Around?
You may live in a community where you have to drive to attend social activities, visit friends, and shop. If you find yourself less comfortable with driving, you may find yourself relying more and more on public transportation or family and friends to get around. It may be harder to visit others, pursue activities you enjoy or keep appointments. As well as onsite amenities, many independent senior living communities also offer convenient transportation options.
Is it Difficult for you to Connect with Friends & Family?
The more isolated you are, the greater the risk is for depression and other health problems. You may have a hard time getting out of the house, maybe due to difficulty driving or increased mobility issues; perhaps your friends and neighbors are too busy with other commitments, or your neighborhood isn’t so easy to get around. While the phone and Internet can help, nothing compares to face-to-face human connection. Independent senior living facilities can give you a built-in social network of peers and provide you with structured activities such as sports, arts, or field trips.
How is your Health (and the Health of your Spouse)?
The main thing to consider is your current and future health. If you have a health condition that makes it challenging to stay active and is expected to get worse over time, you should consider your options carefully. It’s also important to consider the health of your spouse if you are married. Can you manage the activities of daily living, such as showering and eating? Can you manage medications and doctors’ appointments? If you find yourself only needing minor assistance with activities of daily living, independent senior living may be right for you.
find the right independent living facility for your loved one
Our proven process will help you find the right senior living facility for your loved one. Our helpline is available 7 days a week at no cost to you and with no obligation for your loved one to enter a facility.
Here's How it Works
Free Assessment from a Senior Living Advisor
During your initial call, a Senior Placement Advisor will conduct a brief assessment to get to know you, your loved one, your situation, and needs. This information will help us determine what care level and communities may be an option.
We’ll listen to your concerns and provide real advice tailored to your loved one’s unique circumstances. Our goal is to ensure you find the community that makes them feel most at home.
Review Senior Housing Care Solutions
Once we fully understand your needs and wants, we’ll present you with a shortlist of possible solutions. This list will contain the appropriate information you need to make an educated decision about these next steps. We only recommend properly licensed facilities that have passed our strict review.
Tour Senior Housing Care Communities
Once you’ve reviewed the list and have selected some potential options, we’ll personally escort you on a tour of selected communities.
From there, we’ll guide you through the entire process of transitioning your loved one into a community—including helping with paperwork, gathering all the relevant information, and the logistics of moving your loved one from their home to the community. We are here to hold your hand every step of the way.
Decide On The Best Senior Housing Fit
After on-site visits to the senior facilities, we’ll be there to answer any follow-up questions that might come up. Once you are ready to make your decision, we’ll facilitate the move-in process with the community of your choice. And again, our service is completely free, there is no charge to work with a Senior Living Advisor.
Independent Living Options with Senior Placement Group
At Senior Placement Group, we offer certified guidance every step of the way. We take the time to understand your situation, listening to your needs and preferences to ensure we find the best care solution for your loved one.
At Senior Placement Care, our Senior Living Advisors provide step-by-step guidance to find the best fit for your loved one’s unique situation. We are there for you and your family during the entire process and offer support and advice during the community selection phase to ensure the transition is seamless. Our services are always offered free of charge and are accessible to anyone in need of placement advice or assistance.