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Most seniors consider an independent living community at one point or another during their retirement years, and many decide to make the move. With the comfort and convenience of home -- but without the hassles and stresses of homeownership, an independent living community is an attractive option for many seniors.

Here at Veranda of Pensacola, we speak to seniors and their families every day about the benefits of independent living. Understandably, we are asked a LOT of questions -- this is a big decision! One of the most common questions we hear from prospective residents is about life here at Veranda of Pensacola. Specifically, what it’s like for seniors in an independent living community? 

Understanding life in an independent living community

What does independent living for seniors mean? 

To understand what it’s like living in an independent living community, it’s first important to be sure you understand what independent living entails. Independent living for seniors is a community designed specifically for seniors (most often 55+) that provides the flexibility of living on your own with the amenities and activities of a resort or vacation. 

Independent living is not a nursing home, in-home care, or common types of senior care.  

How is an independent living community different from owning my home? 

Our residents like to say that life in an independent living community for seniors is the best of owning a home, combined with the best of a “resort life.” What does that mean exactly? For starters, it means eliminating the little (and sometimes large) stresses that accompany owning a house, like: 

  • Dealing with utilities (including electric, gas, sewer, and water)
  • Home maintenance (including new appliances, repairs, and more)
  • Buying groceries and cooking
  • Handling homeowners associations and their fees
  • Cleaning services
  • Lawn care
  • And other expenses or annoyances that creep up with owning a home

When you choose an independent living community like Veranda of Pensacola, you have the privacy and comfort of a modern home. But, without the burden of mowing the lawn (or finding and paying someone to mow it!), fixing that broken shutter, replacing that garage door, trudging to the grocery store and coming up with (then cooking) fancy meals. 

That’s where the stress-free, resort feeling comes from -- WE take care of those things for you! That way, you can relax and enjoy the amenities of your independent living community, or participate in some of the activities we offer. It’s entirely up to you!

What are my days like living in an independent living community for seniors? 

Whether you thrive on routines or prefer to shake things up with a different agenda each day -- or somewhere in between! -- an independent living community like Veranda of Pensacola offers you a lifestyle that meets your needs. 

On any given day, you could:

  • Enjoy three gourmet meals in a fine dining room. Here at Veranda, we offer multiple choices for a main course each day, and mix in old favorites with new and exotic menus from across the globe. 
  • Try your hand at some golf on our putting green or go for a luxurious walk.
  • See a movie at our in-house movie theater.
  • Work out in our fitness center or take an exercise class. 
  • Learn a new skill or craft. 
  • Take a day trip to a local museum.
  • Cozy up by the fireplace with a book from one of our libraries.
  • Relax with family or friends in one of our reception areas.
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or drink with neighbors in one of our lounges.
  • Get dolled up in our salon.
  • And so much more!

But, when you participate in any or all of these activities, the best part is that home is only a few steps away! Each day is exactly what you want to make of it when you choose an independent living community like Veranda of Pensacola. 

Looking for the right independent living community? 

We’d love to give you a tour of our incredible community here at Veranda of Pensacola. We’re dedicated to providing our residents with an exceptional living experience, and we invite you to experience life here firsthand. Contact us today to schedule your tour. We can’t wait to meet you!

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