Independent Living facilities are available to seniors who need little to no assistance and have only minor medical issues. Here the apartments are often fully furnished and their sizes tend to vary from studio/efficiency suites up to two bedrooms. The senior residents can normally expect to find a full service dining room and, in some facilities, can have specialty diet meals prepared for them. The senior residents at an independent living community are able to enjoy numerous social outings and entertainment events that are organized by the facility's events administrator.

Many communities have extended amenities that can include items such as putting greens, community planting gardens, indoor swimming pools, aerobic classes, and on-site movie theaters. Many of the facilities will also offer onsite services such as postal services, banking, and even small convenience shopping centers.

Many Independent Living communities offer shuttle services to take residents to special events planned by the community. Regularly scheduled shuttle services are also often available that take residents to common spots like hospitals and shopping areas. Typically residents will also have their own parking slots for those who still drive their own vehicles.

Because most facilities have extensive experience dealing with senior care, it is fairly common to find wearable safety alert devices as a requirement for staying at the facility. Oftentimes physicians and nurses will make regular house calls to their patients of a facility that they are associated with.

Independent Living - Also referred to as:

  • Retirement Communities
  • Retirement Homes
  • Congregate Care
  • Retirement Villages
  • 55 + Communities
  • Senior Apartments

Common Payment Options:

  • Private pay
  • A few funded by the U.S. government through Section 202

Average Cost Range:

Between $1,500 and $3,500 per month