Independent living encompasses a broad range of senior lifestyles, from resort and active adult living to senior living communities that also may include assisted living and various other levels of healthcare. The actual living spaces may be freestanding homes, condominiums or apartments.
In some independent living communities, you are responsible for your meals, maintenance and healthcare. In others, these services and amenities — including local travel for shopping and appointments — are provided or optional for an added fee.
One benefit of living in an independent living community is that you are surrounded with a group of like-minded, senior adults and there are usually planned activities to enjoy. Or, if you prefer quiet time alone, that is available, too. Many seniors report an added sense of security from living in an organized community.
If you anticipate having health problems, it is important to choose a community in relatively close proximity to medical services.