Location, Location, Location: Independent Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 07 March 2012

Yesterday we posed this question — what’s your independent living personality? — as a means of sorting out what communities might be the best fit for those considering this senior housing category.

Today, we’ll take things a step further, considering the importance of location when searching for independent living. But location is more than the physical address or a community’s surroundings (rural, urban, suburban): where the actual apartment, cottage or condo is positioned within the campus boundaries is an equally essential consideration.

For example, think of a large 500-unit independent living complex, with apartments of varying sizes set up in multi-story buildings spread out over a few acres. Though most independent living residents live without assistance (that is, other than perhaps what is offered by a spouse or partner), some may have difficulty walking long distances. If you choose the apartment at the end of the hall in the building furthest from the central hub of the community (i.e. where the lobby, fitness center, dining venues, mailroom, and other common areas for recreation are generally located), you might have a great view, but you may also end up isolated and limited in your ability to get “out and about.” You may also want to consider purchasing a motorized scooter to help you travel the long distance to meals or social gatherings.

The takeaway? When visiting a prospective independent living community, evaluate the size of the building and location of the apartment carefully before making a final decision.


There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. grace keung says,

    I am living in new jersey do you have any retire apartment fit for me thank you


    on 10 March 2012 / 7:48 PM

  2. Check out our search function on the home page — you can look for communities by state.


    on 12 March 2012 / 12:55 PM

  3. Moreen Torpy says,

    You have listed very important considerations for those seeking assisted living. It can be a difficult decision to move, but if the unit is in the center of the action, there will be more social interaction.


    on 26 March 2012 / 6:58 PM

  4. Thanks, Moreen. You’re right!


    on 27 March 2012 / 7:36 AM


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