Independent Living

Discover Independent Living

If you are retiring, downsizing or looking for a maintenance-free lifestyle, Sanford Health offers a variety of independent living options in our retirement communities.

Independent living allows you to relax in your own apartment and lead a fulfilling life in a friendly community.

Your apartment is yours to decorate and furnish the way you choose. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home without the stress of having to handle repairs and maintenance.

Our Independent Living Communities

Our independent living retirement communities have common areas that may have chapels, multi-purpose rooms, libraries, laundry facilities and wellness areas. These common areas provide enrichment activities and social interaction for residents.

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Our services
A variety of services are available in our independent living communities that may be included in the monthly fee, such as:

  • Assistance with general housekeeping
  • Indoor and outdoor maintenance
  • Optional meal programs
  • Scheduled activities
  • Transportation services
  • Wellness programs

Additional benefits include:

  • Social interaction with close friends and neighbors
  • The peace of mind that comes with knowing staff is nearby

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Independent Living FAQ

What are the benefits of independent living?

With independent living, residents can enjoy all the comforts of home without the stress of maintenance.

What is the difference between assisted living and independent living?

Independent living is for individuals who are looking for maintenance-free living so they can relax and lead a fulfilling life.

Assisted living is for individuals who need help with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and taking medication.

Learn more about assisted living.

How do I choose an independent living location?

Costs vary depending on the community and area of the country. One factor to take into consideration is that residents don’t pay extra for maintenance. It’s a benefit that’s included in the housing cost.

Most communities bill monthly. That monthly fee includes utilities, cable TV, Wi-Fi, housekeeping, transportation and more.

Many independent living communities are affordable enough that retirees can fit the fees into their budget.

How do I choose an independent living location?

A move to independent living can help you with the things you need and free up time for you to do the things you want.

Ask yourself these questions when deciding where to spend your retirement years.

  • Does it offer the comforts of home?
  • Will it be worry-free?
  • What services are provided?
  • Do the community’s values align with mine?

How do I make the move to independent living?

Downsizing and boxing up a lifetime of possessions can be challenging, but these tips will help you save on a moving bill and cut costs in your new home.

  • Get a floor plan of your new space
  • Take note of your community’s amenities
  • Digitize photos, movies and documents to save space
  • Properly dispose of household hazardous waste
  • Be mindful of what you pack and bring with you

Go through each area of your house one room at a time and sort items into categories:

  • Keep
  • Give to family members or friends
  • Sell online, at an estate sale or a consignment store
  • Donate
  • Throw away or recycle