Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still perform most activities of daily living on their own. To the extent they need assistance, they are able to access it from family members, friends, or third party home care aides and home healthcare professionals.

Independent living may involve living alone, sharing a residence, or residing in a community where the residents maintain their own homes but interact and provide companionship and support to each other. The independent living option you choose is driven by how and where you want to live; it is a “wants-driven” choice.

The independent living options addressed in this section include:

  1. Cohousing Communities;
  2. Manufactured Housing Communities;
  3. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs);
  4. Personal Residence Living Independently; and
  5. Village Organizations.