What is Independent Living?

If you want to enjoy a lifestyle where you can pursue your passions without the hassle of things like household chores, you’re going to love independent living. These communities give you the chance to trade the worries of homeownership like basic utilities, maintenance and landscaping, for the true comforts of home. Most independent living communities are designed to feel and function like a private residence while giving you opportunities to participate in fun social activities like fitness classes, social gatherings and excursions.


Get Ready for Your New Independent Lifestyle

One of the best parts about being in an independent living community is having the freedom to design the retirement of your dreams. Naturally, that looks a little different for everyone. Maybe you want to use your newfound freedom to do things like yoga, book clubs and art classes. Or you might be more excited about going to social events and making new friends. 

No matter what you want to get out of independent living, the good news is you’ve got choices. Here are just a few of the things you might enjoy when you make your home at a Brookdale independent living community:

You have opportunities to make good friends

You have opportunities to make good friends

You could easily meet your new best friend while joining one of the happy hours, movie nights or weekend excursions happening at the community.

You can change up your schedule

You can change up your schedule

The activities calendar at a community rotates daily with a variety of activities, events and excursions. But it’s up to you to decide how you’ll spend your time.

You could explore new hobbies

You could explore new hobbies

Because we handle many household chores like cooking and cleaning, you’ll have more free time to pick up a new hobby or get back to a favorite pastime.

You have time to focus on your health

You have time to focus on your health

Most of our communities have evidence-based health programs that are designed to improve mind, body, and soul, so you can be the healthiest you yet!

Services Offered at Brookdale Independent Living Communities

Each of our communities is unique, and so are the services and amenities that they offer. But here are some common services that are often found at independent living communities: 

  • Social Events — Surrounding yourself with people who share your common interests is an important part of life. Because each community has all kinds of fun activities and events, you can make friends, learn new skills and challenge yourself to always be growing. 
  • Dining Services — Say goodbye to long hours at the stove and washing dishes. Our dining rooms serve home-cooked meals inspired by the chefs at the Culinary Arts Institute. In addition to tasting delicious, each menu is developed with good nutrition in mind. Some communities even serve regional favorites and let you make suggestions on what you’d like to see on the menu next. 
  • Transportation — Scheduled transportation is often available at many of our communities. You can use our transportation services to attend doctor’s appointments, the post office or local shopping centers. You can even head out for an afternoon excursion with your friends if you want to shake up your usual routine!
  • Support and Concierge Services — Curious if you can get a little extra help with errands or walking the dog? Check with your local independent living community to see if they provide support and concierge services.


What If I Need More Care In the Future?

Maybe you want to enjoy life with fewer chores and responsibilities now, but you’re wondering will happen if you need more care in the future. Is an independent living community the right decision if you need more help down the road?

Many of our independent living communities are located on the same campus as one of our assisted living or memory care communities.  If you pick a location that offers these communities, you can rest easy knowing your address won't have to change — even if you need assisted living or memory care in the future.

Since arriving, we have been thrilled by the friendship of the residents and staff. The excellent food makes you want to go and eat in the company of other residents. The myriad of activities is wonderful."

Margaret, Brookdale resident

Common Questions About Independent Living

Independent living communities are good for seniors who want to downsize their home or spend more time with people in their same season of life. Because these communities provide residents with a home-like environment, fun-filled activities, quality dining and an engaging social calendar, it’s a great place for those who want to stay active and healthy without the hassle of things like household chores.


Assisted living communities are designed for seniors who need a little extra help with activities like managing medication, bathing and dressing. Residents usually have their own apartment that they can decorate as they wish and have access to community amenities like dining programs, social activities and more.

You may be a good candidate if you want a place to live that requires little or no home maintenance and yard work, you want to socialize with your peers and broaden your social network, you want to enjoy activities and meals in the company of others, and you wouldn’t mind having someone else take care of housekeeping and the laundry for you.

One of the best parts of being in an independent living community is having access to a wide variety of activities, events and excursions. You can enjoy everything from physical fitness classes and educational workshops to Wii bowling tournaments and resident happy hours. Here at Brookdale, residents enjoy all kinds of exciting programs like our signature B-Fit exercise program, which encompasses the latest research and guidelines to give you a fun, stimulating and social exercise experience.

Independent living communities offer all kinds of fun classes, activities and outings. It’s a wonderful place to meet people who share your interests and passions. And whether or not you want to participate is your choice. Join the activities you want to enjoy or focus on your own hobbies. It’s up to you.

We offer a variety of room sizes and floor plans so you can choose the one that’s right for you. The styles vary between communities, but floor plan options include studio apartments and one, two or three-bedroom apartments. Each apartment includes a private bathroom, and some feature a kitchen or kitchenette. Couples can usually live in the same apartment, but it’s wise to check with the community first.

Some of our independent living communities have different guidelines, but you are often welcome to bring personal belongings and furnishings to make your new space feel more like home. We always encourage our residents to personalize their apartment so it feels comfortable, inviting and relaxing.

While independent living communities can vary from location to location, our Brookdale communities provide residents and their guests with delicious meals that are healthy and nutritionally balanced. Residents enjoy great food and service with menus developed by the Culinary Arts Institute of Brookdale.

You are not required to have a car to live at one of our communities. We provide scheduled transportation services so you can run errands and make your appointments without dealing with the hassle of driving and parking. However, if you still want to drive, many of our communities allow residents to have cars.

Pets are an important part of the family, which is why most of our communities are pet-friendly. Be sure to check with your individual community before you arrive in case there are weight or breed restrictions.


*The Life Care guarantee is subject to the terms and conditions of the Residency Contract. This option is subject to availability at the Life Care community. Available care levels vary by community.

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