How to Choose an Independent Living Community

The Polaris Community
The Polaris Community located in Columbus, Ohio.

Choosing an independent living community can be an exciting but overwhelming experience. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Here are some things to look for when choosing an independent living community:

  • Location: Location is a crucial factor when choosing an independent living community. Look for a community that is in a convenient location, close to family and friends, and in a safe and pleasant neighborhood.
    The Glenwood Community located in Marietta, Ohio.
  • Amenities: Independent living communities offer a range of amenities, such as fitness centers, movie theaters, dining halls, game rooms, and more. Consider what amenities are important to you and look for a community that offers them.
  • Staff: The staff of an independent living community plays a vital role in providing support and assistance to residents. Look for a community with a friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable staff who are dedicated to providing exceptional care.
  • Healthcare services: While independent living communities are not equipped to provide medical care, many offer access to healthcare services such as on-call caregivers or visiting doctors. Consider your healthcare needs and look for a community that can provide the necessary services.
    Chef Rick from The Trinity Community at Miami Township
  • Social opportunities: Socialization is an essential aspect of living in an independent living community. Look for a community that offers a variety of social opportunities, such as group outings, game nights, and community events.
  • Cost: Independent living communities can vary in cost depending on the level of amenities and services offered. Consider your budget and look for a community that provides excellent value for money.
  • Continuing care options: While independent living communities provide a high degree of independence, it is essential to consider the availability of continuing care options, such as assisted living or memory care, should you require a higher level of support in the future.
    A father and daughter meet with service coordinator, Cati Caldwell from NaviGuide.
  • Reputation: Before choosing an independent living community, research its reputation. Look for reviews and ratings from current and former residents, as well as from industry organizations.

Choosing a community requires careful consideration of the above factors. By keeping these tips in mind and doing thorough research, you can find the ideal independent living community to meet your needs and provide a comfortable, supportive, and engaging living environment that will suit you now and throughout your aging journey.