What Is Independent Living?

Over 24,000 active seniors call an Erickson Living-managed continuing care retirement community home. Our gorgeous campuses and spacious independent living, maintenance-free apartments offer amenities, services, social activities, and resources that help seniors become happier, healthier, and more engaged. Residents enjoy a worry-free lifestyle while having access to continuing care should their health care needs change.

Independent Living for Seniors

Independent living is designed for seniors who are able to manage, either independently or with private duty assistance, daily living tasks like cooking, managing medications, and personal care.  

The independent living neighborhoods at continuing care retirement communities are easy to navigate and the yard work and maintenance is handled by an on-site staff. They typically offer a wealth of opportunities for residents to socialize and keep active. Communities like those managed by Erickson Living have swimming pools, fitness centers, art classes, movie nights, on-site restaurants, salons, libraries, and a variety of other amenities and activities.

Continuing care retirement communities may also be called:

  • Retirement villages
  • 62+ communities
  • Life care communities
  • Life plan communities
  • Senior living communities
  • Retirement communities
  • Centers for independent living

Independent Living Services and Amenities

While communities vary, many offer an abundance of recreational and social opportunities, health resources, and other services that help residents enjoy a more vibrant  lifestyle. Residents can stay active, interact with friends, and take part in the hobbies they love—or try something completely new. Communities like those managed by Erickson Living also have easy access to amenities that make everyday living more convenient.

Independent living services and amenities may include:

  • On-site maintenance and repairs, both inside and outside your apartment home
  • Around-the-clock security
  • On-site restaurants
  • On-site medical center
  • On-site fitness center
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Swimming pool
  • Social clubs
  • Recreation center
  • Computer lab
  • Exercise classes
  • Art classes
  • Continuing education
  • Music and performing arts groups
  • On-campus continuing care should your health needs change

What to Look for in a Senior Living Facility

If you are considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, here are a few things you may want to ask when doing your research:

  • Is the community safe and does it provide around-the-clock security?
  • What amenities and daily/monthly/seasonal activities does the community offer?
  • Is the staff experienced and knowledgeable?
  • What kind of housing is available?
  • Is the housing modern and updated?
  • Do the homes have an emergency communication system in case of an emergency?
  • Are there on-site dining options with diverse menu selections? Are meal plans available?
  • Is there on-site health care for residents? 
  • Can I bring a car?
  • If I don’t have a car, is transportation available?
  • Is the campus well-kept and easy to navigate?
  • Are visitors, including children, welcome?
  • How close is the community to shopping, hospitals, pharmacies, parks, and other services and places of interest?
  • Can I bring a pet?
  • Is the community financially secure?
  • Does the community management have a longstanding history of success and experience in the field?
  • How does payment work?
  • Is there a monthly service fee and what is included?

Senior Independent Living Costs

The cost of senior living communities varies depending on services included, the type of housing, and the location.

Some communities, such as those managed by Erickson Living, have an entrance fee that secures a resident’s apartment home. Depending on the community you choose, at least 90% of the fee is refundable and returned to you or your heirs. 

In addition to the entrance fee, senior living communities typically have an all-inclusive monthly service package fee that includes many day-to-day expenses such as:

  • Maintenance, including standard appliance repair and replacement
  • Utilities
  • Dining plans at on-site restaurants
  • Property taxes
  • Security and emergency response
  • Heating and air conditioning costs
  • Professional grounds upkeep and lawn service
  • Shuttle service
  • Access to community activities and amenities

Is Independent Living Right for You?

The decision of where to enjoy your retirement is a big one and there is a lot to consider before making your move. Independent living is perfect for seniors who…

are in relatively good health and can manage their daily living activities such as with meals, medications, personal care, etc.

want to live and socialize with other active adults.

want to move from the hassles of homeownership to a maintenance-free apartment.

Get the Most Out of Your Retirement!

Erickson Living takes retirement to a new level of vibrancy and value, with 19 unique communities in 11 states. Find an Erickson Living-managed community near you and discover all that we have to offer active adults like you!