Independent living is any housing arrangement designed exclusively for older adults, generally those aged 55 and over. While residents live independently, most communities offer services aimed at those who need little or no assistance. You can, however, hire in-home help separately as required, such as through Happier At Home. It’s important to plan ahead and educate yourself so can find an independent community that is right for you. Especially during the times of the pandemic, Independent Communities offer more freedom for families to visit their loved ones.
Independent Community living gives more opportunities for socializing and offers the benefits of a safe living environment. Communities such as the Legacy Willowpond in Penfield do wellness checks twice a day, providing an added level of safety without imposing on independence. The communities keep track of who is coming and going, and screen for Covid prior to entry. Of particular importance is the security of being in a community during inclement weather. Most have backup generators in the event of loss of power and also food reserves.