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Independent Living Summary:
Independent Living communities enable elderly people and seniors to live safely with a varying degrees of on-site care available 24 hours a day. An independent living community or facility may also be referred to as a nursing facility, nursing home, retirement community, skilled nursing, nursing center, convalescent home, retirement home, elderly home, rehabilitation center, rehab center, eldercare, Alzheimer care, rest home, or RCFE (Residential Care Facility for the Elderly).

Independent Living FAQs:
What is independent living?
Independent living is any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. The way the housing is designed usually allows for easier navigation due to its compact size, making everything much more accessible. Housing varies widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. Independent living communities enable elderly people and seniors a chance to live independently but still have care available to them at all times if they need it. Independent living facilities take away some of the burden of caring for a large home and yard and allow seniors a chance to stay independent longer.

How do I find the best independent living community in my area?
It really comes down to what you are looking for in an independent living community. There are many different sized communities from smaller, quieter communities to busier place with more people and opportunities for socialization. Pricing, location, and staff are also very important in your quest for the best independent living community. No matter what type of independent living facility you consider, you want to make sure you connect with peers and feel comfortable in the community. When you visit the area, talk with some of the residents and get a feeling for what to expect.

Independent Living Related Terms:
retirement home, elderly, aging, facility, assisted living, independent living communities