Independent Living

This is a great option if you’re ready to downsize to an apartment or patio home, and want the advantages of maintenance-free living, convenient services and community amenities that help free up your time to do more of what you want. At Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, we offer Independent Living apartments for seniors at five of our communities, plus patio homes available at Seabury Woods.

At Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, you can maintain your independent lifestyle with convenient extras to make life more enjoyable. Of course, if your needs change and you decide it’s time for some extra help with your daily activities, all our residents have priority consideration to our Assisted Living communities, as well as to Skilled Nursing at The Episcopal Church Home.

Take a look at our Independent Living communities to learn more:

Beatrice Place

600 Denise Road

Rochester, NY 14616

585.546.8400

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Pinehurst

1000 Pine Trail

Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

585.546.8400

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River Edge Manor

535 Mount Hope Avenue

Rochester, NY 14620

585.546.8400

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Rockwood Center

3833 East Henrietta Road

Henrietta, NY 14467

585.295.1300

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Seabury Woods Patio Homes

110 Dalaker Drive

Rochester, NY 14624

585.546.8400

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What is Independent Living?

While each person is different from another, in many cases, lifestyle preferences change as people grow older. Many people would like to age in place if they can, but it isn’t always easy or affordable to do this as time goes by. The family home may become too big and difficult to maintain. Friends and family often move away, so the same support networks aren’t in place. And for lots of older people, the idea of a more carefree lifestyle is very appealing.

So for seniors who are still active, an Independent Living community can be an ideal setting, because it offers a supportive, community-focused neighborhood where they can live on their own and meet new people, but also have access to some additional assistance when it’s needed. Many Independent Living communities, like ours at ESLC, also offer structured health and wellness programming with opportunities to learn, stay active and socialize and meet new friends.

Here are some answers to common questions about Independent Living.

Frequently Asked Questions About Independent Living

A: It’s a safe living environment for seniors who are able to live in an apartment or house on their own, but who may also appreciate the conveniences available from a community designed with services and amenities that support an active, healthier and more carefree lifestyle.

A: Generally, these fall into two categories, some of which can be customized for you; apartments or townhouses, and patio homes or cottages, which are single or semi-attached one-story houses, usually with your own garage. Either option can also include features such as front porches, balconies and patios, with the opportunity to add your own landscaping and flower gardens. Most Independent Living communities also offer common areas where residents can gather with other residents, family and friends.

A: Maintenance-free living is one of the best aspects of an Independent Living community. Your monthly rent generally covers all exterior maintenance, such as roofing, exterior window washing, painting, lawn mowing and snow removal. You also have interior maintenance services available—painting, help with hanging décor, carpet cleaning, repairs to your kitchen and bathrooms, and other help as needed.

A: These can range from assistance in deciding what to bring from your or your loved one’s previous home to a new apartment or patio home, to a choice of housekeeping, dining, health and wellness programs, medical services, transportation, social, entertainment and other services, such as resident security. Some of these may be included with your rent, and others are often purchased separately, on an as-needed basis.

A: Whether you choose Independent Living or Assisted Living for yourself or a loved one depends on whether help is needed with daily activities—things like bathing and dressing, medication management, making meals, laundry, housecleaning and other chores. These types of supports may be available in Independent Living but are the foundation of an Assisted Living community program.

A: Yes, and it’s smart to think about future needs as you decide where you or a loved one will live. Now many senior living communities offer a full array of care and services to make it easier to transition from one type of living option to another, and most communities will offer their residents priority consideration to other levels of care when they’re needed. It’s worth considering a senior living organization that offers you or your loved one these additional levels of care along with the extra peace of mind when you compare your choices.

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