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What Do We Mean By Independent Living?

If you are an independent and active senior who is able to safely manage personal care and medication needs, independent living is probably a good fit for you. Designed for seniors who want to live in their own apartment within a retirement community, senior living allows for total autonomy, often with the amenities and activities of a permanent vacation.  


Where to Begin

Searching for a senior apartment is an exciting prospect. But as you find yourself sifting through a huge pile of shiny brochures, you may start to wonder how you’re going to choose! Thankfully, these quick tips can assist you in the process, so you can feel confident you’ve found the perfect senior apartment for you.


First Things First: Find the Right Community

As you begin to make a list of potential senior communities in your area, you’ll want to know what each community has to offer. For example, if you are an active individual, you’ll be looking for a community that can accommodate your lifestyle: Whether that be through amenities (like an onsite gym and swimming pool) or activities (such as day trips to local points of interest). You may want to check out a few community websites in order to gauge which would fit your needs best: 

  • Are you looking for picturesque grounds and outdoor areas?
  • Would you like assistance with housekeeping and general maintenance?
  • Can the community provide transportation to activities and local appointments? 
  • Will you be provided with a 24-hour emergency response pendant system?

Once you’ve narrowed down your search, be sure to devote some time to reading reviews across multiple review sites, as well as social media. Be on the lookout for communities with:

  • Generally positive reviews
  • Staff appreciation stories and anecdotes
  • Resident success stories
  • Positive employee feedback

Following your research, it’s absolutely essential that you take the time to visit the communities on your list. This allows you to form a more personalized opinion based on what you see, how you feel, and the people you meet.

Things to look for: 

  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Lots of resident-to-resident interaction
  • Warm staff-to-resident interaction
  • Laughter and activity
  • Cleanliness and attention-to-detail


Find the Right Senior Apartment in 3 Easy Steps

Now you’ve got a good idea of what each retirement community brings to the table, it’s time to find your ‘home sweet home!’

Step 1: Check Out the Floorplans

Look for a senior apartment with different floor plan options. Your housing and space needs could be very different from your neighbor’s needs—so you should have a choice when it comes to your apartment’s size and configuration.


Step 2: Look Inside! 

It’s likely that you’ll be looking for an independent living apartment that allows you to remain self-sufficient. So take into consideration the size of the kitchen, bathroom safety features and potential entertaining space


Step 3: Explore Outside 

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Whether you’re looking for beautifully landscaped gardens or a quiet porch space to call your own, you’ll want to consider your daily life both inside and outside of your apartment. 


Luxury Apartments Designed for Your Comfort

Residences at Veranda of Pensacola are purposely tailored to reflect the resort-style atmosphere that you deserve. Delicious southern fare, housekeeping, general maintenance and a rich spectrum of planned activities are provided by our caring staff. Visit with friends on your porch, close the door and relax in your spacious apartment or enjoy a stroll around the beautifully landscaped gardens. Convenience is right at your fingertips!

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