What to Look for in an Independent Living Community

July 05, 2019

Making a move to an independent living facility is a monumental decision for everyone involved. It’s often a time of transition and adjustment, but it should also be one filled with excitement about the next phase of life and the adventures it brings. 

There are of course, a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a community, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one – the options can be overwhelming. The community you choose can have a tremendous impact on the quality of your daily life, and it’s a decision that demands a great deal of attention. While there is a lot to consider, there are few details that should top your list. Here are some of the most important things to look for when choosing an independent living community. 

Community Basics

  • Is the neighborhood that the community is located in safe and quiet?
  • Does the facility offer transportation for doctors and local shopping, or is there easy access to public transportation?
  • How well kept are the grounds of the community? Is there plenty of safe, well lit places to take a stroll or get some fresh air?
  • How is the general appearance of the facility? Is it clean, and is there obvious attention paid to housekeeping and maintenance?
  • What are the common areas like? Do they feel welcoming, engaging and comfortable for residents to relax and socialize?
  • Is there a place to visit with guests, including younger family members outside of your own apartment space?

Living Units

  • What types of units are available, and what are the sizes?
  • If you choose one unit and later want to upsize or downsize, what is the process?
  • Even if you don’t require one now, are the units accessible to people with disabilities or is there a lengthy wait list for units that are?
  • What type of additional storage options are available, if any and are there any additional fees?
  • Are pets allowed on the premises, and if so, what are the restrictions?
  • What are the rules about visitors in your personal unit?
  • Are housekeeping services available and included?

Medical Care

  • Are there medical personnel on staff, and what are their credentials?
  • Is there a medical clinic onsite?
  • Is the facility associated with a local hospital or nursing facility?
  • What is their protocol in the event of a medical emergency?


  • What type of community activities and clubs are available to residents?
  • Is there a fitness facility? If so, what type of equipment is available, are classes offered, and is it monitored by trained staff?
  • Is there a media room that includes a television, games and computers?
  • What are the dining options, do residents seem to enjoy the food and are there special community dining events?

Choosing the Right Independent Living Community for Your Needs

When looking at independent living communities for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to take every detail into consideration and it’s a decision that shouldn’t be rushed into. When you’re ready to explore independent living options, we’re here to answer your questions and help in any way we can. Contact Lexington Square today to learn more about our community.

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