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What Is Independent Living?

You still lead an active life. But taking care of the house is becoming a hassle. From yard work to cooking and cleaning, wouldn’t it be great to have more time for things you actually want to do?

This is where independent senior living comes in. Unfortunately, many people still believe the myth that senior living means either assisted living or nursing homes. The truth is there are many communities that support independent lifestyles for older adults. In fact, independent living is the fastest-growing segment in the senior living industry

Independent living offers a neighborhood atmosphere where you can get acquainted with people close to your own age. Intended for those who do not need assistance with activities of daily living, communities like the Terrace include a variety of activities and services that make life more fun and more convenient.

Private Living Spaces

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Also called retirement or senior living communities, most independent living communities are intended for people 62 and older. Residents live in private apartments with accessible floorplans. Units may feature one or two bedrooms, and many have kitchens for those who enjoy cooking. 

Housekeeping and maintenance are included, so there’s no need to worry about routine cleaning and repairs. Independent living offers more freedom and fewer restrictions than assisted living or skilled nursing. You can even bring your own furniture to make your new place feel like home!

Amenities & Activities

Simply staying active is one of the best ways to thrive as we age. Independent living makes it easy to do just that with a variety of engaging activities and amenities to suit every interest. 

Who doesn’t enjoy a selection of delicious food? Residents at the Terrace have many nutritious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all served in a relaxing atmosphere. Talented chefs prepare a variety of flavorful menu items at one of three onsite restaurants.  

Seniors also need regular exercise. Many independent living communities offer fitness centers and exercise classes that let residents have fun while getting a good workout. When the weather is good, you can also enjoy outdoor activities such as walking or gardening. 

Resident enjoying a trip at the TerraceAn abundant social life is essential for overall well-being. Independent living means lots of ways to make friends, including movie nights, group outings and holiday celebrations. At the Terrace, we also have a pet policy so you can spend quality time with your furry friend!

While physical exercise keeps your muscles in shape, cognitive stimulation keeps your brain healthy. Independent living lets you explore your creative side with arts, crafts and music. Or you can join your friends for billiards, bingo, cards and other games. Feeling curious? Discover something new by joining a book club or attending an educational presentation. 

Convenient Services

Independent living also means more convenience. As noted above, letting someone else take care of housekeeping, repairs and yard work frees up plenty of time for more enjoyable activities. 

Residents have access to onsite services, such as a beauty salon, barber shop, postal service, notary public, and sundry shop. Scheduled transportation service provides access to grocery stores, doctors’ offices and other nearby locations. The Terrace even offers guest accommodations for overnight visitors. Finally, staff members are available 24/7 in case of emergency.

If you’re looking for information on independent living for yourself or a loved one, we’re here to help! Contact us at the Terrace at any time to schedule a visit or to request an information packet.

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