Independent living generally refers to locations designated specifically for senior citizens over the age of 55, and these living arrangements vary between apartments and single-unit homes. These living arrangements typically feature easy navigation, such as lack of steps, and require no maintenance or lawn care duties from residents.
Many independent living facilities not only make getting around easier for senior citizens, but also offer a wide range of amenities, services and activities. On-site recreational centers give residents a place to socialize in some communities, and fitness centers geared toward keeping seniors safe and active also pop up in some locations. Other amenities offered sometimes include shopping services, on-site barbers and beauticians, daily meal preparation, and basic laundry and housekeeping services.