What to Look for in an Independent Living Floor Plan

When comparing senior independent living floor plans, there are things to consider that weren’t an issue when you were apartment hunting earlier in life. Fortunately, senior living communities offer a variety of independent living floor plans. This post will tell you how to choose a floor plan based on your individual needs and preferences.

a senior couple enjoying a cup of coffee on their independent living balcony

Elements of a Floor Plan

  1. Dimensions and openness. How much space do you need? Check the measurements on the floor plan to see if your furniture will fit. If you use an assistive device, take note of the width of the hallways and door frames, and think about the general openness and potential ability for you to maneuver around the apartment. Some senior living floor plans are compact, while others offer more of an open concept.
  2. Number of bedrooms. You might consider a two-bedroom apartment or larger if you need a bit more space. Perhaps you use the second bedroom as a home office, storage area, or a guest bedroom.
  3. Storage space. Assess your current inventory of belongings, and determine if you’ll need a lot of storage. Check to see if the floor plan has designated areas for storage, or ask your sales counselor if there’s additional storage available in your apartment’s building.
  4. Shared or private amenities. Depending on whether you’re moving into an independent living, assisted living, or memory care community, senior living amenities such as a washer and dryer or full kitchen may be in a communal space. Identify whether or not your floor plan has these elements to help you determine if it’s right for you.
  5. Outdoor access. How important is easy access to outdoor space to you? A nearby community garden or courtyard may provide the space you need to relax outside, or perhaps there’s a park closeby. Patios or balconies can provide easy access to fresh air, and a place to be in your own space while enjoying the outdoors. If this is something that’s important to you, ask the senior living adviser you’re working with if there are outdoor areas near your apartment, and if they provide any privacy.

a couple talking through floor plan options with a sales counselor at a senior living community

What to Ask Your Senior Living Adviser About

There are some aspects of senior living you’ll want to consider that aren’t visible on a senior independent living floor plan. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • What floor is the apartment on? Is there elevator access?
  • Is there additional storage available in the building or community?
  • Which senior living amenities (gym, dining, pool) are closest to the apartment?
  • Is the apartment (and community) pet-friendly?
  • What’s the view from your apartment?

At Lexington Square, we offer a variety of independent living and assisted living floor plans in both our Lombard and Elmhurst locations, and memory care floor plans in our Lombard community. Schedule a virtual tour and speak with a senior living adviser today about the options available to suit your needs and preferences.

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