Independent living facilities, also called retirement communities or retirement homes, provide a carefree lifestyle. Older adults who want to enjoy retirement without the responsibilities of home upkeep and other daily chores often thrive in senior independent living communities. Independent living offers dining options, housekeeping and maintenance services, and plenty of opportunities for social activities.
Companionship, social activities, restaurant-style dining, and a safe community environment are just a few of the reasons why seniors choose independent living. Many retirement communities also offer senior-friendly features, such as walk-in showers, well-lit hallways, and emergency alert systems.
Independent living costs vary depending on location, community amenities, and apartment size and features. The U.S. national median price for independent living is $2,552 a month. Independent living is for generally healthy seniors. This means Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans resources, such as VA Aid and Attendance, don’t pay for retirement living.
Independent living communities come in all shapes and sizes to fit seniors’ tastes, personalities, and budget. From large communities with resort-like amenities — such as pools, hot tubs, pubs, and golf courses — to smaller retirement homes, most offer onsite beauty salons and barber shops, and scheduled transportation for outings, shopping and medical appointments.