An independent living community offers adults a simpler, worry-free lifestyle. However, not all independent living communities are equal, so choosing the right one is anything but stress-free. To make the process of choosing an independent living community easier, narrow your list by considering your needs and desires and then matching them to the amenities offered.
Independent living communities can include apartment homes, patio homes, stand-alone cottages, or a combination of all three. Consider if you have a preference between an apartment, an attached home, or a stand-alone home. Also ask if home maintenance, yard upkeep, utilities, dwelling insurance, property taxes, and other homeowner expenses are included in the monthly fee.
Does the monthly fee include any meals? Some independent living communities provide meals and some do not. If your desired property does not come with meals, will you have the option to add them for an additional fee? Even if you plan on cooking now, you may want the option to have meals provided for you in a few years.
Is transportation to medical appointments, shopping, banking, and other errands included? If so, ask for transportation details such as when it is offered, where they will take you, and if there are limits to the distance of your trips. If transportation is not offered, consider how you will arrange it when you do not want to drive or can no longer drive.
A thriving independent living community should offer activities for residents that appeal to a wide range of interests. Find out what types of activities are offered, how frequently they are offered, and how many residents typically participate.
For many seniors, pets are part of the family. If you already have a pet or would like to get one in the future, make sure your potential community allows them.
The list of services and amenities offered in independent living communities can vary drastically, as can what is included in the cost and what is available for an extra fee. Think about what amenities are most important to you now and down the road, then find the community that is the best match.
Choosing an independent living community may not be easy, but the carefree lifestyle that comes with finding the right one is more than worth the effort. If you’re looking for an independent living community that checks all the boxes, visit Parkway Village and tour our new model homes. We offer a range of independent living options and services and amenities to fit your lifestyle and make your retirement years some of your best.