7 Must-Haves In an Independent Living Community

7 Must-Haves In an Independent Living Community

What’s the No. 1 thing an independent living community must have? Well, the ability for residents to have independence, of course, but that’s oversimplifying and there are certain other essentials that make up a great independent living community to consider.

If you’re looking for an independent living community in Shreveport, make sure it has caring staff members, open spaces and a variety of amenities. Let’s look at these and other must-haves for your search for an independent living community.

  1. Caring Staff

While it’s true that at an independent living community you might not need assistance from the staff as much as other retirement community options (like in assisted living), it’s important that the team members who work there are caring, responsive and professional. 

  1. Top-Notch Dining Experience

The food shouldn’t be merely adequate — it should be exceptional in both flavor and nutrition. Whether you choose to eat in your residences, apartment or at an on-site dining option, the food should be delicious and there should be plenty of variety. You can cook meals yourself, of course, but the best independent living communities will leave you wondering why you should.

  1. Open Spaces

Steer clear of independent living options that have limited space. That doesn’t offer much independence, after all. Walking and enjoying places within the community are crucial for physical and mental health. Also make sure the place you’re considering has plenty of areas for you to go outside of your residence to enjoy community life. 

  1. Beautiful Landscape

The landscape should be well maintained and beautiful as well. At The Glen, for example, we have meticulously maintained gardens with fountains and greenery. Residents enjoy the beauty on walks, viewing the landscape from their private windows, patios, or in the background as they visit with their neighbors in one of the many open social rooms. 

  1. Variety of Amenities

Whether you prefer sports, arts, entertainment, education or have a special request for an event, there should be a variety of amenities to enjoy at the independent living community you choose. These amenities should be accessible, varied and a source of joy.

  1. Reduced Stress

Part of the reason you choose an independent living community is to eliminate the burdens and stress of maintaining a home, right? A must-have in any community you consider is taking away any tasks that cause stress and allowing you to live in a place with peace and tranquility.

  1. Resident-Focused Mission

Ultimately, the biggest must-have in an independent living community is a resident-focused mission. Improving your quality of life should be the highest priority and it’s reflected in all of the above must-haves and in every area of the community.

If you’re looking for the best option for independent living in Shreveport, contact us today to schedule a tour.