The Independent Living Experience

Our Independent Living communities promote connection and inspiration to live your life the way you want to live it. Today’s communities are bright, spacious, and full of active seniors making meaningful connections.

While each community is unique, most Independent Living communities are apartment homes with access to professional team members, dining services, and other convenient amenities. From comfortable spaces with familial surroundings to resort-style living with all the luxuries, Senior Lifestyle has a community to fit everyone’s preferences.

Who is Right For Independent Living?

Independent Living residents are seniors that are looking for a carefree living situation to make their daily lives less hectic and more enjoyable in a community setting. While they are still self-sufficient and active, they enjoy the convenience of help with daily chores and more taxing maintenance tasks.

A Snapshot of an Independent Living Resident

  • Ideal for those who can still live independently but enjoy access to assistance if needed
  • Interested in a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Ready to live worry-free from home maintenance and chores
  • Wants to learn, explore, discover, and relax

Some residents thrive on the social environment they find in their communities, while others are simply searching for a little more rest and relaxation. Our communities are full of interesting, diverse, and vibrant seniors ready for the next chapter in their lives.

What is independent living?

Community Services

These communities provide services that make daily living simpler for retirees. From housekeeping and household maintenance to transportation, here are a few services available.

Housekeeping and Maintenance

You can opt-out of the to-do list and into a more convenient lifestyle. From daily tidying-up and weekly housekeeping to maintenance-free manicured outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy, our communities can provide a well-maintained home and lifestyle without all the work.

Restaurant-style Dining

Dining is so much more than sustenance. A culinary experience inspires emotion, from the nostalgic aroma of bread in the oven to the warm comfort of a perfectly-seasoned soup on a rainy day. Families can rest assured knowing their loved one is served delicious meals each day, while eliminating the need to go to the grocery store.


Many communities also offer transportation for important appointments and outings. On-site transportation services can relieve stress for seniors who prefer not to drive or do not have their own transportation.

Emergency Assistance

No matter how independent a person is, accidents can happen. These communities have emergency systems in place to help residents if they should ever need immediate assistance. It is a reassuring feeling knowing that there is always someone ready to help.

Daily Life

Recreation and Games

Your golden years should be focused on relaxation, hobbies, and enjoyment. For this reason, our programming promotes an atmosphere of connection, joy, and wellness. Communities integrate fun into every day through onsite recreational spaces and planned daily activities. From putting greens and pool tables to card games, chef demonstrations, and painting classes, there are endless opportunities to put a little play in your day.

Lifelong Learning and Adventure

In an Independent Living community, you can expect to discover new passions and take on new adventures. With a robust calendar of engaging programming, from inspiring creative classes to lively happy hours to holiday parties and lecture series, there is no shortage of discovery and opportunities for growth.

Movement and Exercise

Staying active keeps us healthy and happy. Our Independent Living communities offer engaging fitness opportunities that promote ongoing wellness and health in your golden years. From group classes like Zumba, yoga, or weight lifting to on-site fitness centers that let you work out on your own, discover a community with the right combination of fitness offerings to fit your personal workout style.

Keeping it Social

Independent Living communities offer residents a unique opportunity to meet and grow new friendships in an engaging environment. Through our diverse programming opportunities, finding like-minded friends. In addition to structured learning and outings, Independent Living communities provide get-togethers like chef table dinners, concerts, and movie nights.

Yes to Pets

We understand how important pets are to a fulfilling lifestyle. Many of our communities are pet-friendly, and we value the joy and companionship that pets bring into the lives of all our residents. Some communities even have dedicated pet spaces, socializing opportunities, and programming to help furry friends feel just as at home in the community as their owner.

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Senior Lifestyle Option Quiz

Not sure if Independent Living is the right fit? Take our personalized Level of Care Quiz to find out the best level of care for you or you loved one’s needs.

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How to Find an Independent Living Community

While choosing the right community and lifestyle is an important and detailed process, finding potential communities near you is the best way to get started. For those interested in our Senior Lifestyle communities, you can find a list of our location and information about them on our community map.

Different communities cater to a wide variety of personalities, activity levels, and interests. When touring a community, here are a few questions to consider:

  • What hobbies, activities, and social experiences would you like to enjoy or discover?
  • How would you like to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle?
  • Does the community offer enough social opportunities for your personality?
  • Do you have or want a pet? Will it be welcome in your new home?
What is independent living?

Download Our Guide to Senior Housing

To better understand the different lifestyle options and which one is right for you or your loved one, check out our guide to senior housing.

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What is independent living?

Senior Lifestyle Values

What is independent living?

At Senior Lifestyle, we help seniors and their families live with ease, while providing our residents a vibrant and healthy lifestyle. As a result of our core values, our residents enjoy special attention to detail and personalized care each day.

Some examples of our specialized offerings include:

  • Nutritious meals to promote wellness
  • Regular wellness checks and medication reminders
  • Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
  • A dynamic, lively calendar of daily programming
  • Technology to promote virtual socializing
  • Happy hours and holiday parties
  • Outings and events in our local community


The cost of Independent Living varies by many factors including the location and the services and amenities provided. Many of the costs are included in rent, making budgeting for monthly expenses easier. Compared to other lifestyle options, Independent Living is usually cheaper than Assisted Living.

To learn about more factors, read our blog post, How Much Money do I Need to Move Into a Senior Living Community? For exact costs, reach out to a community to learn more.

Most states do not offer Medicaid for Independent Living, however, we always recommend checking your state’s Medicaid website for the most current information and regulations.

The age requirement varies by community, but typically residents must be 62 and above.

Learn more about senior community options in The Complete Guide to Senior Housing.

Independent Living is geared toward active seniors who are looking for a retirement community, or would still like to live on their own but among people their own age. They aren’t usually in need of medical care or help with daily activities.

Assisted Living communities also offer seniors a range of social and active lifestyle opportunities, but with an additional level of care. This may include help with bathing, dressing, medication assistance and more as needed.

Find out more about Independent Living vs. Assisted Living.

Independent Living communities provide several types of services, including:

  • Housekeeping and Maintenance
  • Restaurant-style Dining
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Recreation and Exercise

Find out more in our video, What is Included in an Independent Living Community?

Yes, most Senior Lifestyle Independent Living communities are pet friendly with some restrictions applied to specific communities. Pets can contribute to the well-being of seniors. According to the Michigan study, older pet owners reported that having a pet: 

  • Helped them enjoy life (88%) 
  • Made them feel loved (86%) 
  • Reduced stress (79%) 
  • Provided a sense of purpose (73%)  
  • Connected them with others (65%) 
  • Encouraged physical activity (64%)