Independent Living Communities

You’ve worked hard your whole life to earn a living, pay bills, raise a family and maintain a home. Now it’s time to kick back and enjoy your golden retirement years. If you are retired and are want to get away from the responsibility of maintaining a home, you might consider independent living.

Independent living communities (also known as retirement communities) offer housing options for seniors with a limited need for assistance. In many cases, residents can live and function independently and only access services on an on-needed basis.

According to, there are roughly 5,000 independent living communities throughout the United States, up from 4,815 in 2012.

What do independent living communities offer?

In an independent living community, seniors can live free of stress and responsibility. Independent living communities offer access to convenient amenities and social activities that can heighten the quality of living.

Independent living communities may offer:

How much do independent living communities cost?

The cost of living in an independent living community varies, depending on the services and amenities offered, as well as the geographical location. Independent living communities allow you to rent or buy homes – which can include single-family homes, condos, apartments, or mobile homes. Apartments may include studios, one bedroom or two bedrooms, and furnished or unfurnished. Some retirement communities offer free-standing cottages within their communities. Some retirement communities are rental, and some offer units for purchase.

The cost to transition into an independent living community may include upfront entrance fees, as well as monthly fees ranging between $1,500 - $6,000.

Rentals include all-inclusive utilities. The only additional expenses you would pay for in many cases would be telephone services and cable.

To find out which independent living community best fits your needs and price range, it’s best to consult with a community sales counselor.

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