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 no maintenance or yard work to worry about.While residents live independently, most communities offer amenities, activities and services. Often, recreational centers or clubhouses are available on site to give seniors the opportunity to connect with peers and participate in community activities such as arts and crafts, holiday gatherings, continuing education classes or movie nights. Independent living facilities may also offer facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts or even a golf course or other club and interest groups. Other services offered in independent living may include onsite spas, beauty and barber salons, daily meals, and basic housekeeping and laundry services.
Since independent living facilities are aimed at older adults who need little or no assistance with activities of daily living, most do not offer medical care or nursing staff. As with regular housing, though, you can hire in-home help separately as required.