6 Most Common Questions about Independent Living Answered

Depending on the level of care you or your loved one requires, several senior living options are available. From independent living to memory care, and assisted living, there are a variety of levels of care at multiple price ranges, as well as various accommodations.

How “Independent” is Independent Living?

At an independent senior living community, you have complete freedom with what you do with your time and living space.
You can participate in social and recreational events in the community or opt for a day of solitude. You can also come and go as you please. As for food, independent living communities often offer custom-designed meal packages,
thus allowing you to choose a specified number of meals per day.

Is driving an option for Independent Living?

The simple answer is yes! Many residents still drive their own cars, so parking is available in most communities. For those who choose not to drive, most residences offer a private shuttle for local shopping and day trips. The Golden Pond Independent living area is a short drive from downtown Golden which has a wide variety of travel options.

Is it possible to travel?

There are no restrictions on travel whatsoever. In fact, travel is easier and more worry-free than ever thanks to the security of knowing that your home will be safe while you’re gone.

What’s the difference between independent living and a 55+ community or senior apartments?

In an independent living community, residents live in accessible apartments and have access to a number of common areas such as game rooms, libraries, business centers, and more. These communities provide numerous social and recreational activities on and off-site.

Premium independent living includes access to:

  • Delicious home-cooked meals
  • Transportation
  • Laundry and Fitness facilities

There is on-site security, a 24- hour emergency help call system, and, often, a nurse on staff during weekday business hours. Senior and 55+ community apartments are similar to independent living communities but offer few organized social activities or care services. They do deliver such amenities as fitness centers, tennis courts, pools, and golf course access, and they typically have community gates and security patrol.

What happens in the case of illness?

Our services include on-site first aid and nursing care in case of emergencies. Other communities can provide nursing staff or personal companions for a fee if you become ill. However, the medical services available in an independent living community are governed by state regulations, so it’s important to ask upfront what assistance the community is legally able to provide.

Is there a benefit to independent living if assistance isn’t needed?

At an independent living community, time isn’t wasted on keeping up with housework, which means you or your loved one can devote energy to enjoying recreational activities, learning new skills, and looking after your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being.

Do you have additional questions? Feel free and reach out to our friendly team to schedule a tour.