Independent Living 101: What It Is, What It Costs and When It’s Right

Oct 21, 2021

Is independent living right for you or a loved one? If you’re active and healthy, you may wonder what the benefits are that you can’t currently get living in your own home. It’s important to research your options and understand exactly how independent living can enrich your life and set you up for success throughout your senior years.

“A lot of older adults may balk at the idea of moving away from their mortgage-free lifestyle, but once they run the numbers, they realize how much they really could be saving – and gaining! – from moving to independent living,” says Patty Duran, Executive Director of The Contemporary, a retirement living rental community for modern seniors in Miami, FL.

Patty explains that independent living gives seniors opportunities – opportunities to say goodbye to chores, tasks and everyday stressors, and opportunities to say hello to new adventures, passions and dreams. “This chapter of life should be your best yet, and The Contemporary has been designed to help you create the journey you want,” Patty says.

If you’re asking yourself, what is independent living and how much does it cost?, read on for information all about this style of senior living.

What Does It Mean To Be Independent?

Being independent can mean many different things to many different people. For some, it’s living on their own without assistance. For others, it means not having to deal with things like chores, home upkeep and tasks of daily life. Others may think being independent means having all the tools in place to help you age well. The good news? At an independent living community, you’ll be able to meet all those definitions of “independent,” and then some!

What Is an Independent Living Facility?

Independent living communities are designed for older adults who can still live on their own but like the idea of living with other people in a place that offers a resort-like lifestyle. These can be stand-alone communities, or they can be a part of a larger community that offers different levels of care, such as long-term care, memory care or personal care. This style of senior housing differs from other senior living communities, like assisted living facilities, because residents come and go as they please without ever needing the staff to help them with home care or other care services.

How Much Does Independent Living Cost?

The costs of independent living are generally rolled into a monthly payment that residents pay for the duration of their stay at the community. Communities may also require an entrance fee. Compared to the cost of assisted living at an assisted living community, independent living is generally lower cost.

The average cost of independent living in Florida is $2,545 a month, which is slightly higher than the national average of $1,729 per month. Those monthly fees, however, provide an all-inclusive and maintenance-free lifestyle that includes such services as:

  • Dining options and meal planning
  • On-site security
  • Your own private apartment or home
  • Certain utilities
  • Maintenance (interior and exterior)
  • Social events and activities
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Housekeeping, linen service and personal laundry service
  • Gym membership
  • And so much more!

Today’s independent living offers more than ever before, and once you do your research, you can see why so many of today’s seniors are moving into independent living while they’re still active and healthy. It’s the perfect way for you to enjoy your retirement to the fullest while having everything you need to age well.

Welcome to the New Standard in Senior Living

Opening in early 2022, The Contemporary is independent living – at its finest – for modern seniors in the Miami, FL, community. Managed by Charter Senior Living, a national senior living organization known for creating engaging, innovative programs, lifestyles and a culture that enhances the human spirit, The Contemporary is taking senior living to new heights with its exceptional luxury lifestyle, thoughtful design and a groundbreaking partnership with MedSquare® Place, a Class “A” Medical Office Building that contains best-in-class medical care comparable to what can be found at Baptist Hospital.

From the moment you move in, you’ll discover sophisticated amenities, convenient services and an engaging, worry-free lifestyle. You’ll discover countless opportunities to learn, grow – and live well, really well. Our holistic approach incorporates the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional/mental, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellness. Whether you are interested in yoga, gardening, mentoring a student, learning a new language, exploring the nearby botanical gardens, or even attending a class, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your interests and passions.

Our thoughtfully designed one- and two-bedroom apartment options reinforce the ambiance of privacy, luxury and tranquility. Spacious bedrooms, designer kitchens, ample storage space, spa-inspired bathrooms and open living spaces combine to create a unique contemporary retreat within the ease of a maintenance-free apartment. And because our apartments meet assisted living standards, at-home supportive services can be safely provided in the comfort of your apartment should they be needed.

Life at The Contemporary is designed to fit your personal style and interests. You choose when to rest and when to play. When, where and what to eat. Most of all, you’ll now have the freedom to focus on the things in life you love – and it’s all included in your monthly rent. Welcome to independent living at its finest. Welcome to The Contemporary.

For more information about life at The Contemporary or to learn more about Club Uno – the early depositor club – please contact us at ​305.414.2904.