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What Can I Expect in Independent Living?




The baby boomer generation is changing the face of “retirement” and transforming it into a dynamic, exciting life stage. These seniors aren’t sitting back and watching the world pass by. Instead, they’re freeing themselves from home maintenance and tedious tasks so they can live their best lives. And many older adults are choosing to move into senior living communities as Independent Living residents to fully enjoy their retirement years.


If you’re an active, healthy and independent retiree, you may be wondering how moving to a senior living community can benefit you. We’ve put together a primer of how Independent Living can help you live life to the fullest.


What is Independent Living?

Independent Living is a lifestyle designed for active seniors who want to enjoy retirement without the hassle of household duties. Some Independent Living communities are part of a larger senior living community, while others may be stand-alone residences designed for the 55+ crowd. Services and amenities in Independent Living vary from community to community. But overall, Independent Living offers low-maintenance or maintenance-free living.


Senior living communities offer many more benefits than simple 55+ neighborhoods. This type of Independent Living provides abundant social opportunities, convenient services like housekeeping and a wide range of life-enriching programs and activities. Other benefits of this lifestyle include:

  • Elevated dining options, generally with a formal dining room as well as casual choices for lunch, snacks and grab-and-go meals

  • A private condo, apartment or free-standing home with a variety of floor plans to fit different lifestyles

  • On-site amenities like movie theaters, spas and beauty/barber shops, fitness centers, game rooms, libraries, and beautiful outdoor spaces

  • A lifestyle focused on health and wellness, providing options for seniors to stay fit and healthy – helping them enjoy retirement to the fullest


What are the benefits of Independent Living?

There’s always something to do. Independent Living communities have dedicated staff members who are responsible for facilitating activities, events and outings to keep life interesting. The hard part isn’t finding something to do … it’s narrowing down the choices.


You don’t have to worry about chores. Independent Living is a little bit like living at a resort you never have to leave. Meals are prepared for you based on your preferences and dietary needs. Things like house cleaning and landscape maintenance are tasks of the past. No more dealing with contractors to fix home maintenance issues.


There’s an added layer of security and safety. Independent Living communities are designed with the needs of aging adults in mind. Homes are designed to help seniors stay in their space for as long as possible, which means one-floor layouts, safety bars in bathrooms, and hallways that are wheelchair-accessible. Plus, communities are staffed around-the-clock, so help is always close by. Some communities also provide on-site Assisted Living services, giving you the option if you ever need it.


Your social circle widens. New residents will find themselves a part of a large community of others in the same stage of life. Independent Living communities bring together people with varied backgrounds but with one thing in common: a desire to enjoy life. Thus, amid a community lifestyle, it’s easy to make friends and find companions for activities and outings.


Health and wellness are priorities. Besides genetics, which are out of our control, healthy habits contribute more to successful aging and longevity than any other factor. Independent Living communities are designed to help older adults stay healthy. With senior-friendly exercise equipment and classes, walking clubs, yoga, and many more life-enriching options, an Independent Living lifestyle provides ways to adopt and maintain healthy habits.

Is Independent Living right for me?

Have you been wondering if moving to Independent Living makes sense for you? If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you may want to seriously consider the options available to you.

  1. Is maintaining your home becoming a chore? Owning your own home is the epitome of the American dream, but it also comes with a lot of maintenance, costs and headaches. If you find yourself growing tired of cleaning your house or mowing the lawn, Independent Living may be a solution.

  2. Do you want to become more socially active? It can become difficult to stay social as we age and our friends move away or pass on. Moving to a senior living community provides you instant access to other active seniors with whom you can form strong friendships.

  3. Do you want to move to a place where you can enjoy independence? Consider the future and how you can enhance your quality of life. Independent Living communities are designed to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible and provide a variety of amenities and services to keep residents living their best life.

The Grand Royale: We Await Your Arrival

When you choose a senior living community like The Grand Royale, retirement living feels a lot like taking an extended vacation. Here, you can sit back and relax, knowing your needs will be met.


We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living and Short-Term Rehabilitation. We pride ourselves on our elevated dining experience and provide delicious meals with genuine service while building long-lasting relationships.


At The Grand Royale, you’ll enjoy a variety of amenities. Join us for a relaxing manicure, pedicure, or a movie night in our on-site theater. Our person-centered care, health-focused initiatives, dining options and activities are exactly what we want for our own family.


For more information, contact us today at 816-293-2555 or online.