A Day in the Life of an Independent Living Resident

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 09 May 2012

Wake up early to walk on the fitness center treadmill, stroll the landscaped walking paths, or take a dip in the pool. Sleep in, make breakfast in the kitchen, read the paper on the balcony, and write a few letters until your lunch date with friends in the cafe. Do some gardening, go on a bus trip to a local winery, prepare minutes for the resident council meeting, enjoy a beer and watch the football game in the tavern, take a computer class, watch a movie, enjoy a concert in the auditorium. Keep a regular schedule, or change things around every day. The possibilities are as varied as the active seniors themselves. Some residents may even maintain part- or full-time jobs or spend their days volunteering on or off the campus.

Choosing independent living for your retirement years means choosing independence — with options. Should you need assistance, most independent living communities allow residents to bring in private duty home care or other ancillary care options as needed (learn more about these services here), because essentially, the apartment is the senior’s private home. There may be care options available within the independent living complex as well, so that residents do not have to seek services outside of the community.

Learn more about independent living and search for communities here.


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. alanc230 says,

    My mom is very independent and active, and also healthy. Still, at 79 she is slowing down. I’m going to start doing research before we need to make any decisions.


    on 11 May 2012 / 10:51 AM

  2. Wise thing to do! That’s great that she is so active.


    on 11 May 2012 / 11:13 AM


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