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Independent Living

Independent Living is a form of long term senior living that allows for an unparalleled level of personal freedom while also providing many of the perks of senior living.  Unlike Assisted Living or some Memory Care locations, Independent Living does not usually provide assistance with daily living, such as bathing, preparing meals, or personal hygiene.  Independent Living is for seniors who are healthy enough (physically and mentally) to still take care of themselves.

Independent Living Overview

Independent Living provides little to no assistance with the tasks associated with everyday living.  The Independent Living option assumes that seniors are in good health, and are able to take care of themselves with no problems.  Several Independent Living communities offer regularly scheduled social activities across many categories, including game nights, outings, local events, etc.

Depending on the community, Independent Living can offer a wide variety of services, including laundry, and house/apartment cleaning.  These services vary from location to location.  Most Independent Living locations don’t offer nursing or medication management support like Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, or Memory Care might.  However, the level of personal freedom at Independent Living is unmatched by any other form of senior living.

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How much does it cost?

$2,750/month average

The cost of Independent Living varies depending on several determining factors, including the type of residence, the size of the apartment/room, the types of services required by the individual, the geographic location of the community, and it’s proximity to other favorable amenities. On average, you can expect Independent Living to cost anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000 per month. The national average in 2012 was $2,750 per month for a one-bedroom Independent Living apartment (  While the payment frequency of Independent Living is usually month-to-month, several Independent Living locations also offer more long-term solutions.  Independent Living communities can charge additional entrance fees, security deposits, and other fees for special services. These vary from location to location.

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