Is Independent Living the Right Retirement Choice for Me?

April 23, 2024
April 23, 2024

With all the options for where to live in retirement, it's easy to get overwhelmed. One option that is becoming increasingly popular is an independent living community. While independent living communities are a type of senior living community, they’re very different from other common types, such as assisted living or memory care communities. In fact, independent living is more of a lifestyle than a care option at all.  

Independent living is designed specifically for retirees who want an active, social, and worry-free lifestyle. But is independent living the right retirement choice for you? Let's find out.

Independent living defined

In general, independent living retirement communities are designed for active, mobile retirees who don't need assistance with daily activities. They want none of the responsibilities of homeownership but seek more convenience and social opportunities than they may have living at home.  

Independent living retirement communities typically include or offer:

  • A choice of living options, including apartments, cottages, attached villas, and patio homes
  • Restaurant-style dining with an option for one to three chef-prepared meals daily
  • All home upkeep, maintenance and yard care
  • Basic housekeeping and laundry services
  • Transportation to appointments, errands, and area attractions
  • Wellness programs
  • A range of educational, social, and enrichment programs, activities, and outings
  • Amenities such as a pool, fitness center, onsite beauty and barber salon

In addition, Friendship’s independent living retirement community is conveniently located just minutes from shopping, dining, and entertainment options in the Roanoke Valley. Plus, we offer invaluable peace of mind with multiple levels of care on the same campus, including award-winning therapy services, so you can remain in familiar surroundings and maintain continuity of care should your health needs evolve.  

Is independent living the right retirement fit for you?

There are certainly a number of benefits to retiring to an independent living community, but to determine if it's the right fit for your retirement, ask yourself these questions:

Do you wish you could spend less time on cleaning, cooking, home maintenance, and yard work?  

Do you still get around easily by yourself?  

Do you manage your medications and personal care without issue?

Would you enjoy making new friends and having more social opportunities?

Would you like to find a new hobby or try something new?  

Would you like to have more purpose in life?

Is it becoming harder to fill your calendar with fun, engaging activities?

Is driving becoming difficult, or would you rather not drive anymore?

If you've answered mostly 'yes' to these questions, then independent living could very well be the option to help you make the most of retirement!

An additional benefit  

While many independent living retirement communities charge a large upfront (buy-in) fee to move there, ours does not. We follow a rental model, and you're not locked into a permanent contract. Instead, you pay for only what you need and have more financial flexibility for your future.  

Still unsure?

Still wondering if independent living is the right choice for you? One of the best ways to decide is to see for yourself. We invite you to schedule a visit to see the independent living lifestyle for yourself!

To learn more, download our
Your Guide to Independent Living

Your Guide to Independent Living


Friendship North Campus

367 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24012


Friendship South Campus

5647 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA 24018


Friendship Salem Terrace

1851 Harrogate Dr, Salem, VA 24153