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What is Senior Independent Living?

The phrase “senior independent living” can conjure up different ideas:

Some people think of apartments; others think of condos, cottages or townhomes. Some imagine slowing down to a more manageable pace after decades of hard work. Other folks want to stay busy every minute. Some retirees see an opportunity to live closer to family, while others want to explore an all-new place to discover.

Whatever you imagine, whatever lifestyle you want, it’s available to you in an independent living retirement community.

Senior Independent Living Defined

U.S. News and World Report defines independent living options as“retirement villages, active adult communities or senior housing.” The commonalities are private living spaces, shared communal spaces and planned activities.  

The level of onsite amenities available will vary. But you can expect small libraries for quiet reflection, a common room for special events, gathering spaces for friendly chats, a spot for coffee and more. The larger the community, the bigger the amenities and the higher the price.

The Way You Want to Live 

At Topeka Presbyterian Manor, we define independent living as: a great retirement option for seniors who are active, healthy and ready to enjoy all life has to offer. A good community will offer you: 

·      Choice of senior housing options, ranging from small studios to villas and cottages.

·      Maintenance-free lifestyle with no lawn care, landscaping or home repair worries.

·      A full monthly calendar of activities, events, worship, day trips and more.

·      Onsite amenities that suit your interest and lifestyle.

·      Peaceful outdoors spaces with gardens and walking paths .

You can tell a lot about an independent living retirement community by the people you meet when you go to visit and tour. Look for a friendly place where you can meet new people, build relationships, and thrive in a safe and comfortable setting. Chances are you’ll know the right place when you find it.

More Helpful Reading 

Consumer Affairs: 10 types of senior living options

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