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What is Independent Living?

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Independent living is a lifestyle choice for seniors who want to enjoy their golden years with ease, comfort, and freedom. It’s designed for people who can manage their daily activities without medical assistance and are looking for a community with social, recreational, and convenience benefits.

At Saranac Village at Will Rogers, we make sure you can focus on what matters most to you by tending to the little struggles in life while ensuring our residents maintain their freedom to choose. But how do you know if independent living is the right choice for you or a loved one?

Independent Living in a Vibrant Community

Independent living communities offer modern, well-designed apartments, villas, or homes that provide all the comforts of traditional living with added amenities and a focus on ease of maintenance. From single-bedroom units to spacious multi-room homes, residents can choose a living space that best suits their needs and lifestyle.

Independent living residents don’t require assistance with medication management or day-to-day activities, but they do enjoy services such as housekeeping, transportation, and meal plans. This hands-on approach helps residents maintain their independence while reducing the burden of daily chores.

Additionally, independent living communities are bustling with activities and social opportunities. From fitness classes and hobby clubs to group outings and cultural events, there’s always something to do and new friends to meet. This vibrant social scene helps residents stay active, engaged, and connected.

Typical Amenities & Services

Most independent living communities offer a range of amenities designed to enhance comfort and convenience. These may include on-site dining, fitness centers, swimming pools, and libraries. These features elevate the resident’s experience by keeping necessities close to home and emphasizing accessibility. 

Beyond comfort and convenience, safety is a top priority in independent living communities. With features like 24-hour security, emergency call systems, and team members available to assist at any time, residents and families can enjoy peace of mind knowing that help is always close. 

Particularly for independent living, communities don’t expect residents to stay in the community 24/7. Many communities offer scheduled transportation for shopping, medical appointments, and recreational activities. This service helps residents who no longer drive maintain their independence and stay active in their community.

Financial Considerations

  • Cost-Effective Living: Independent living can be cost-effective for seniors when compared to maintaining a traditional home. With utilities, maintenance, and some meal plans included in the monthly fees, some residents find their expenses are more predictable and manageable.
  • Flexible Options: Communities often offer flexible payment plans, rental options, or buy-in models. This flexibility allows seniors and their families to choose a financial arrangement that best fits their needs and budgets.
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Health & Wellness for Residents

Many independent living communities strongly emphasize health and wellness. Fitness programs, wellness centers, and nutritional guidance help residents maintain their physical health. Mental wellness is also a focus, with activities and programs designed to stimulate the mind and foster a sense of community and belonging.

While medical care is not a primary service in independent living, many communities are located near healthcare facilities or have partnerships with local healthcare providers. This proximity ensures that residents can easily access medical care when needed.

Perfect For Seniors Who Want Independence 

The core of independent living is exactly that: independence. Residents enjoy the freedom to live on their terms with the added benefit of a supportive community and access to amenities that enhance their lifestyle.

With fewer responsibilities and worries about home maintenance, residents in independent living communities have more time and energy to pursue hobbies, travel, and spend time with family and friends. This freedom to enjoy life fully is a significant advantage of independent living.

Questions To Ask Yourself or Your Loved One

Ask your loved one if they feel overwhelmed by the upkeep of their current home. If so, independent living might be a good fit. Here are some other questions that measure independence to see if independent living is right for your loved one:

  • Can you manage daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and grooming without assistance?
  • Are you able to prepare your own meals and handle basic household chores?
  • Do you have any health conditions that require regular medical attention or assistance?
  • Are you able to manage your medications independently and accurately?
  • Can you move around your home safely without the risk of falls?
  • Are you comfortable driving or using public transportation to attend appointments and run errands?
  • Are you able to participate in social activities and community events without assistance?
  • Are you responsible for your finances and personal care?
  • Do you value having privacy and autonomy in your living arrangements?
  • Do you feel that moving to an independent living community would enhance your quality of life and provide opportunities for personal growth?

If your loved one finds themselves able to perform daily tasks largely on their own, independent living might be a good option for them.

Is Independent Living Right for You?

Independent living is an excellent option for seniors who want to maintain autonomy while enjoying a vibrant, community-oriented lifestyle. If you or someone you love is exploring different lifestyle options to reduce stress and increase freedom, contact Saranac Village at Will Rogers. We can help you navigate all the options available. 

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