What Are Independent Living Communities?

What Are Independent Living Communities?

Most older adults reach a time when they want to make a change in their living arrangements. The loss of a spouse, the need to downsize, or even a desire to get out and have more fun are all reasons to consider making a switch. But with so many options, it is often difficult to decide where. 

Assisted vs. Independent Living 

Seniors who need regular assistance with daily tasks, such as housekeeping, meal preparation, hygiene or taking medication, can benefit from the services provided by assisted living communities. Those who are able to live in their own apartment but still want access to amenities for convenience, peace of mind, and an improved lifestyle, may find the ideal solution in an independent living community.

Residents in an independent living community create their own schedules and activities, from reading quietly at home, to shopping at the mall, to making crafts with their neighbors during scheduled events. They may choose to drive themselves and cook their own food, or they may take advantage of onsite transportation services and meals. Depending on their needs on any given day, they may mix and match doing their “own thing” with participating in community activities. 

The best independent living communities offer the opportunity to “age in place,” or transition to assisted living as needs change. Seniors can stay in their own apartment while receiving home healthcare or other services in the comfort and familiarity of home.  

Independent Living Amenities 

Seniors searching for independent living communities should prioritize those features that they know will enhance their individual definition of “the good life.” The many independent living communities of Danbury, for example, offer a number of amenities that maximize comfort and convenience while giving seniors the opportunity to pursue their own path:

  • The freedom to decorate with their own furnishings
  • Safe, convenient one-floor apartment living
  • Fresh breezes on the patio
  • A kitchen or kitchenette in every apartment
  • Cable access for TV
  • Bi-weekly housekeeping and flat linen service
  • The safety of grab bars in the bathroom
  • The peace-of-mind knowing a fire alarm/smoke detector/sprinkler system is in place
  • Individual, remote-controlled heating and air-conditioning systems

Luxury After-55 Living

Seniors who don’t anticipate desiring access to restaurant-style dining or help with transportation in the near future may choose to live in a luxury after-55 community. There they will enjoy amenities such as concierge services, housekeeping and linen services, and an attached, heated, and secured parking garage. Such communities also have periodic catered events—opportunities to get to know neighbors and entertain friends. The apartments have upscale appliances and materials and either a deck or patio for enjoying the vast green space of the community. The emphasis is on carefree and safe independent living!


Are you thinking about making a change in your living arrangements? At Danbury we’ve got options for all tastes. Explore our resort-style communities, and then schedule a tour at one of our locations across Ohio.

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