Independent Living: Is It for You?


When people plan for their retirement or golden years, location is major point of decision. For those who want to remain active, independent and surrounded with individuals they can easily relate to, independent living can be a viable option.

Who Should Consider Independent Living?

Independent living, as its name suggests, is suitable for retirees who wish to remain independent yet want to reside in a community that offers a higher level of security than their own home.

Those who opt to stay active in their golden years and prefer to thrive with people of the same age are also encouraged to explore the option of making independent living communities their retirement spot.

Furthermore, independent living can be the best choice for retirees who are still able to manage their medications, make doctor’s appointments or simply move around the house and community without assistance. If you need help in performing any of these tasks, care settings like assisted living facilities or nursing homes may be more suitable options for you.

Different Types of Independent Living

If you’re looking for an independent living community for you or a loved one, you need to be familiar with its three different types and how they differ. These are:

1. Retirement Communities

As its name implies, retirement communities are neighborhoods where retirees opt to live in order to retain an active lifestyle and bustling social life among their peers. However, retirement communities don’t offer much as the only service available in this type of setting is grounds maintenance. Most activities and tasks such as homemaking are still done by the residents. Likewise, the retirees are also the ones who organize social activities or programs in the community.

2. Senior Apartments

Independence plus luxury—this is what senior apartments offer. As opposed to retirement communities, this type of independent living obviously offers a lot.

Senior apartments offer a wide range of services—from cleaning down to transportation. Residents who don’t want to bother cooking for themselves have the option to eat their meals at the community’s common dining area. Furthermore, senior apartments may offer different levels of care, but they still differ from assisted living facilities. Residents are required to have a higher level of independence in terms of doing their own laundry, managing their medication and bathing.

Those who want to remain active, create relationships with peers and experience a stress-free retirement, moving to a senior apartment is a smart move.

3. Low-income Housing

This type of independent living can be suitable for those who may have financial restrictions. The cost of renting in this community is cheap because it is financially supported by the government and charitable organizations. Before you can transfer into this community, you need to meet the income qualification that is set by the state.

Most people want to remain independent even in their golden years. If you’re healthy, active and to be socially engaged, independent living can be a suitable retirement spot for you.



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