Four Wonderful Things to Expect in an Independent Living Community

Aug 12, 2022
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Retirement is the time of life to really make every day one to remember, whether it’s traveling, revisiting an old hobby, relaxing at home with friends and family, writing a book, or taking classes just to learn something new. All those things you never had time for before can now become your purpose or passion, especially if living in an independent living community. If you always thought you would retire at home, think again, and take a look at all the great things to expect from a move to an independent living community.


1. Exceptional home choices

The best independent living communities offer a variety of lifestyle options that include well-appointed stand-alone and attached condominiums as well as spacious apartments to purchase or lease. Many have maintenance included that frees up even more time for doing what you want, not what needs doing. Best of all, in an independent living community, you retain all the privacy of home, but enjoy the added security provided so you can travel for as long as you like with the peace of mind that your home remains secure and well maintained in your absence.


2. Amazing amenities in an independent living community

One of the most appreciated aspects of choosing a highly rated independent living community is all the wonderful amenities that are included in the package. Since everything is designed to make lie truly carefree, independent living communities offer a wide range of amenities that may include:

  • Exercise facilities.
  • Chef-prepared meals in a beautiful dining room.
  • Movie theaters.
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation areas.
  • Planned activities like classes, entertainment, guest speakers, and trips to local venues.
  • Housekeeping, services.
  • Optional linen and towel services.
  • Hair salons and barbershops, and many more.


At Ganton’s Countryside, we also provide the Atrium Professional Plaza with a pharmacy, a hearing center, and orthopedic rehabilitation services right on campus.


3. A fun and active lifestyle

Independent living is an excellent choice for seniors who want an active and invigorating lifestyle without having to drive everywhere, join exercise facilities or seek out things to do. It’s all ready and waiting in an independent community and close by so there’s no need to worry about driving, especially in the winter. Having all kinds of active choices available also helps make it easy to stay on track with fitness and other goals that can be hard to reach when living at home. For more about living an active lifestyle in an independent living community, check out our blog, “What Is Independent Living?


4. Resort-style independent living community

Joining a modern independent living community is not unlike moving into a resort for life. Staff always go out of their way to help, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do and see, and there are plenty of like-minded neighbors to meet and share the good life with. At the same time, the emphasis is on maintaining each resident’s privacy so it’s always up to each individual to decide what they want or don’t want to do with their time. But just as you would vet a vacation resort before making a reservation, before choosing an independent living community, find out what to look for in our blog, “Top Qualities of the Best Retirement Communities in Michigan.”


More care, if and when it’s needed

In an independent living community like Gantons’ Countryside, once you move in, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing help is always available now and into the future. For example, if you realize you need assistance with daily tasks like dressing or medication management that require a higher level of care, a move to assisted living or memory care doesn’t mean going on a waiting list. Instead, you are already prioritized to move when you are ready. Or maybe you need time to recover from an illness or injury and need rehabilitation. Rather than ending up in an unfamiliar place, you can return home and get the rehabilitation required seamlessly. Find out more about which level of care is best in our blog “Independent Living or Assisted Living: Which is the best choice for you?


Moving to an independent living community really does offer a great way to make the most of retirement and shed the burdens of home maintenance, security, and costly repairs. For more information about Countryside, please call Margaret Nagel at (517) 206-5000 or download our brochure to learn about our care levels, cost, and amenities.

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