What Is Independent Living?

By May 1, 2024 Senior Living
what is independent living

Independent living is a housing option designed for older adults who can live independently but desire the convenience, social engagement and amenities offered by a senior living community. At The Carrington at Lincolnwood in Lincolnwood, IL, independent living provides residents with a vibrant and active lifestyle while offering peace of mind and security.

Types of Independent Living

Independent living communities can vary in terms of amenities, services and levels of care offered. At The Carrington at Lincolnwood, residents have access to a range of spacious apartments designed for independent living. These residences feature modern amenities and conveniences to support an active lifestyle. The Carrington also offers higher levels of care, including assisted living and memory care.

Independent Living Services and Amenities

Independent living at The Carrington at Lincolnwood includes a variety of services and amenities tailored to meet the needs and preferences of residents. Some of the amenities offered include:

  • Maintenance-free living: Residents no longer have to worry about home maintenance tasks such as lawn care, housekeeping or repairs.
  • Social and recreational activities: The community provides opportunities for residents to engage in social events, fitness classes, cultural outings and other recreational activities.
  • Dining options: Residents can enjoy chef-prepared meals in a variety of dining venues, with options for special dietary needs and preferences.
  • Transportation services: Scheduled transportation is available to help residents get to appointments, shopping centers and local attractions.
  • Wellness programs: The community may offer fitness centers, walking trails and wellness programs to promote physical and mental well-being.

Who Is a Good Fit for Independent Living?

Independent living is ideal for older adults who are still active and independent but desire the convenience and social opportunities offered by a senior living community. Residents of independent living retirement communities like The Carrington at Lincolnwood may include:

  • Active retirees are looking to downsize and simplify their lives.
  • Seniors who want to live in a community with like-minded individuals and access to amenities and services.
  • Individuals who value their independence but want the security of knowing that assistance or higher levels of care are available if needed.

Seniors Who Should Consider Other Types of Senior Living

While independent living may be a great option for many older adults, it may not be suitable for everyone. Seniors who need more assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or who require specialized medical care may benefit from other types of senior living, such as assisted living or memory care. Additionally, seniors with complex medical conditions or mobility limitations may require a higher level of care than independent living can provide.

What to Consider When Choosing an Independent Living Community

When choosing an independent living community like The Carrington at Lincolnwood, there are several factors to consider:

Social and Recreational Opportunities:

Look for communities that offer a variety of social activities, clubs and events that align with your interests and preferences. The Carrington at Lincolnwood provides a vibrant social calendar with opportunities for residents to connect and stay active.

Convenience Services and Amenities:

Consider the convenience services and amenities offered by the community, such as dining options, transportation services and housekeeping. The Carrington at Lincolnwood offers a range of amenities designed to make daily life easier and more enjoyable for residents.

Dining Services:

Explore the dining options available in the community, including meal plans, restaurant-style dining and special dietary accommodations. The Carrington at Lincolnwood features chef-prepared meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and offers flexible dining options to meet residents’ preferences.

Services Offered at The Carrington at Lincolnwood

At The Carrington at Lincolnwood, residents have access to a wide variety of services and amenities designed to enhance their quality of life. Here are just a few:

  • Concierge services
  • Flexible dining program
  • Planned events, entertainment and social activities
  • Scheduled bi-weekly housekeeping
  • 24-hour emergency response system
  • Fitness and wellness programs
  • Scheduled transportation
  • On-site beauty salon
  • Pet-friendly apartment homes
  • Support service partners to provide care as needed

What If I Need More Care in the Future?

One of the advantages of choosing an independent living community like The Carrington at Lincolnwood is the peace of mind of knowing that additional care options are available if needed. In addition to providing support services within Independent Living, the community offers assisted living and memory care, allowing residents to age in place and receive support as their needs change.

What’s the Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living?

While independent living and assisted living share some similarities, there are also key differences between the two. Independent living is designed for older adults who can live independently but desire the convenience and social opportunities offered by a vibrant senior living community. Assisted living, on the other hand, provides additional support and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and medication management. Residents at The Carrington at Lincolnwood can transition to assisted living if their needs change over time, ensuring continuity of care and support.

Independent living at The Carrington offers seniors a fulfilling and active lifestyle with a range of amenities, services and social opportunities. Whether you’re looking to downsize, simplify your life or enjoy the convenience of maintenance-free living, independent living provides the freedom and flexibility to live life on your terms. With the peace of mind knowing that additional care options are available, residents can enjoy their retirement years to the fullest at The Carrington at Lincolnwood.

The best way to see if independent living is right for you is to check it out firsthand. We’re happy to show you around. Just contact us.

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