What is independent living?
Independent living offers the benefits of a full-service community, such as meals in a restaurant setting, housekeeping, transportation and social activities. Wellness programs may be available, but typically there are no medical care options.
You do not have to be able to live independently to live in an independent living community. However, any assistance you may need beyond what is provided for all residents will be your responsibility; it will not be provided by the community or included in your rent.
How is it different?
Independent living bridges the gap between aging in place and assisted living. The main difference in this housing type is that units do not have full kitchens and the community provides 3 meals a day. What makes it independent is that assisted services are not included but most often can be arranged at an extra cost.
There are a few independent living options in the area. Explore them here.
Many people looking into independent living options also consider renting in an over 55 community as well.