What Is Independent Senior Living?

When your elderly family member is ready to start looking at other options in terms of where she lives, one of the options you’ll encounter is going to be independent senior living. What does independent senior living consist of, though? 

Independent Senior Living Offers Options

Assisted Living in Mobile, AL: Senior Living

There are a variety of different types of independent senior living situations. There are communities that offer separate homes, townhouses, apartments, and even tiny homes. What’s really important about the community is that it is typically designed specifically for older adults who are still active and engaged in life and who want to maintain as much independence as possible. 

There May Be Amenities 

Each community is different, of course, so it’s important to look at the amenities offered by each one. Some might have transportation services, for instance, so that your senior can get wherever she needs to go at a moment’s notice. Others might offer a dining room experience, help with laundry, or an exercise center. Take a look at those amenities and compare them with what your senior both needs and wants from her new home. 

Your Senior Can Get Help if She Needs It 

One of the most important amenities might be the levels of help your senior can get if she decides that she wants and needs it. Having an option to bring in home care providers or to install a personal alarm system in her residence, or both, can be a huge draw. This is especially important if your elderly family member is doing well now but anticipates her health declining based on her doctor’s advice. 

This Is Just One Option 

There are other options out there, too. Your elderly family member may want to investigate independent senior living and also visit assisted living facilities and other types of senior communities in her area. Doing so can help her to come to a better understanding of the services offered by each and what she wants for her next living situation. That’s important, especially if she really doesn’t want to move again after this. 

It’s worth exploring all of the different options when your elderly family member is ready to talk about moving into some sort of assisted living situation. If she’s still consistently able to keep up with the demands of her life enough to want to go with the most independent option, that’s still something that can offer her help when she needs it. 


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Mobile, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.

About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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