Man in Independent Living

Everyone wants independence. For some, a single-family home on a quiet cul-de-sac is the perfect example of freedom. But of course, that home requires upkeep. You need to cook your meals, mow the lawn, install your own Internet, change the light bulbs—the list goes on and on.

In independent living, you can continue to do what you want, when you want. The difference is that someone takes care of the daily to-do list for you, giving you real freedom—the time to travel, explore your interests, make new friends or just relax.

Independent senior living communities also ensure your safety, from fall prevention programs to security systems, so you never have to think about it. And you’re surrounded by a group of your peers, providing companionship, entertainment and support.

Learn more about independent living in this section. If you need regular medical care or daily assistance with things like eating or taking medication, visit our section on higher levels of care.

“It’s not just a place to have shelter and be fed. It’s a place to thrive and live a purposeful life.”

Clarice Friedline

“Some people work on committees. Some people only come out to the dining center. We still have residents who go out to work at their businesses every morning.”

Warner Hashagen