What Is Independent Living?

Independent living communities, also known as retirement communities, are designed for older adults who are active, self-reliant, and looking for a worry-free lifestyle where they can meet and form friendships with their peers. These communities offer an upscale residential environment with high-quality amenities, services, and social opportunities. 

In this article, we’ll explore the benefits, services, amenities, and cost of independent living. 

What are the benefits of living in an independent living community? 

If you’re retired or close to it, you’re probably evaluating all your options to enjoy your golden years. If you haven’t considered an independent living community, you owe it to yourself to explore the independent lifestyle they provide.  

Independent living communities offer older adults countless benefits and opportunities, including:  

  • Maintenance-free living 
  • Community engagement 
  • A safe and secure environment 
  • Health and wellness programs 
  • An active lifestyle 
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals 
  • Opportunities to meet and connect with like-minded peers 

Living accommodations in independent living communities 

Independent living communities typically offer a variety of living accommodations such as studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Independent living apartments are designed specifically for the convenience, safety, and comfort of residents.  

You’ll find gorgeous kitchens, modern appliances, plush carpets, and private balconies with breathtaking views.   

Take a look at the beautiful luxury apartments at Allegro Parkland Senior Living in Parkland, Florida. 

Independent living services   

Imagine enjoying your weekend without the burden of household chores, shopping for groceries, or mowing the lawn! Residents in independent living communities live a lifestyle of ease. These communities offer an array of services that cater to the needs of seniors.  

Standard services may include:  

  • Weekly housekeeping and personal laundry 
  • 24/7 security 
  • Salon and spa 
  • Fitness center 
  • Pet exercise areas 
  • Mailroom 
  • Transportation services 
  • On-site concierge 
  • Maintenance services 

Independent living amenities 

The upscale amenities are one of the top reasons for enjoying retirement in an independent living community. Many of these communities have a resort-like feel. Visit a high-end independent living community, and you will find everything you need to enjoy a luxe lifestyle, including: 

  • Game & billiards room 
  • Home theater  
  • Swimming pool and spas 
  • Boat access 
  • Fire pit 
  • Formal dining room 
  • Outdoor and waterview dining 
  • Pool and cabanas 
  • Art gallery 

Social activities and events 

One of the main reasons seniors choose to live in independent living communities is the fun and vibrant social environment they provide. Residents have unlimited opportunities to engage in social and recreational events that may include: 

  • Continuing education courses 
  • Art classes 
  • Cooking classes 
  • Wine tastings 
  • Onsite entertainment 
  • Happy hours 
  • Off-site excursions 
  • Volunteering opportunities 
  • Spirituality sessions 

The cost of independent living communities 

According to AssistedLiving.org, living in an independent community can cost approximately $1,500 to $4,000 a month. The cost can vary depending on your state or even between communities in the same city. Most communities include rent, food, utilities, and transportation in the mothly fee. 


Independent living communities cater to the needs and preferences of independent older adults who want to live a socially active lifestyle in a supportive and vibrant environment. These communities provide a range of amenities, convenient services, and planned activities that enhance the quality of life for residents.    

For more information on the Allegro lifestyle, request a brochure or contact a friendly advisor today! 



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