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What is Independent Living

Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing varies widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. In general, the housing is friendlier to older adults, often being more compact, with easier navigation and assistance in yard maintenance if there is a yard. You may also hear the terms retirement communities, retirement homes, senior housing, and senior apartments applied to independent living.

Differences between Independent Living and other Senior Housing
The key difference between independent living and other housing options is the level of assistance offered for daily living activities. Just as with regular housing, you can hire in-home help to assist you in an independent living facility. However, if you or a loved one requires round-the-clock help with eating, dressing, and using the toilet, or requires regular medical assistance, other housing options such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes may be a better fit.

Communities Designed with Your Needs in Mind
Often, homes are built on land that is held in common. Residents then enjoy the privacy of home ownership without the obligation to mow the lawn or clean the pool. Today’s active adult communities offer attractive, well-designed construction options for nearly every budget, including:

Single-family homes
Custom-built homes
Manufactured homes