What is Independent Living

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Independent living refers to unique lifestyle opportunities for healthy, active seniors. These communities are ideal for seniors who don’t require daily assistance for activities like grooming, eating, and other forms of personal care.

Independent living communities can also be referred to as retirement communities, retirement homes, care homes, senior apartments or senior housing, adult lifestyle communities, active adult communities, or 55+ communities.

Independent living opportunities for seniors can encompass a broad range of options, from an apartment or condo building with specific age restrictions to more upscale accommodations with on-site dining and recreation services. Independent living communities typically offer occupants optional cleaning, meal, and other housekeeping services as needed.

What Services Can I Expect?

Seniors who opt for an independent living lifestyle can enjoy all the perks that come with residing in a secure, vibrant community.

Services available in many retirement homes include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Social activities that give seniors opportunities to exercise, mingle, and indulge in various hobbies or interests
  • Prepared meals to ensure residents have access to balanced daily diet options without needing to stress over the preparation
  • Senior-friendly features such as brightly lit hallways, walk-in showers, spacious washrooms, emergency alarm systems, and many accessibility measures

Optional services, usually available for an additional weekly or monthly cost, can also enrich the independent living experience. From housekeeping and laundry services to external basic care professionals, seniors should also factor those possibilities into their community or retirement home selection.