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Independent Living FAQ

As people enter retirement, they often want to spend their time doing things they enjoy instead of focusing on everyday tasks to maintain their households. An independent living facility such as Montgomery Place, a lakefront community on Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, is a great way to maintain or enhance socialization with other like-minded individuals who want to continue to live independently. Here are a few independent living frequently asked questions that can help you determine if this solution is right for you.

What is an Independent Living Community?

An independent living community is a retirement community that provides social and recreational activities for its residents while allowing them to maintain full independence. Most of these communities have minimum age requirements to ensure that residents are in the same stage of life.

How are Independent and Assisted Living Different?

Although independent and assisted living communities are similar, they have one major difference. Independent living communities are designed for seniors who can function fully on their own. The primary reason they seek housing is for socialization purposes. In contrast, assisted living facilities are intended for people who are mostly capable of being independent but need a little assistance performing daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, and managing medications.

Who is a Good Candidate for Independent Living?

Any person 62 or old who requires no assistance to live independently could be a good candidate for an independent living community. These communities often feature numerous social activities so residents can make new friends and stay active. It is a great option for people who might still be working full or part time, but are planning ahead for their retirement and want to start to make strong social connections. Some retirement communities, like Montgomery Place, are Continuing Care Retirement Communities, meaning that if your needs change after you move in, there are assistance programs and resources within the community to offer you the care and support you need without having to move again.

Are Pets Allowed at Independent Living Facilities?

Many people are concerned about moving to an independent living community because they aren’t sure if they are allowed to bring their furry family members. Most facilities, including Montgomery Place, welcome four-legged companions. Having a pet gives residents a constant companion and offers excellent emotional support. Because residents are fully independent, they are able to care for their pets themselves and reap the benefits of having a furry companion. Weight restrictions may apply.

Can You Furnish Your Own Apartment in Independent Living Communities?

Many independent living communities allow you to bring your own furnishings for your apartment. These facilities want to foster and encourage independence, so you feel comfortable making your new home your own. At Montgomery Place, you can even redesign your private apartment to meet your design and construction needs.

How Much Do Independent Living Communities Cost?

The cost of independent living communities varies widely depending upon location and available amenities. Certain facilities offer minor assistance with daily tasks such as cleaning, which may require an additional fee. You’ll pay more for communities that provide numerous recreational and social events. Communities that offer many classes may also cost more than those that don’t. However, it is important to remember that these communities are often designed to be all-inclusive and provide everything residents need to stay happy and healthy.

Since independent living communities don’t offer the same level of care that assisted living facilities and nursing homes do, they are often more cost-efficient. You can generally expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000 each month for an independent living community depending upon how many amenities it offers.

Independent living communities are great options for individuals who want to stay active as they ease into retirement. Located just off South Shore Drive in the east corner of Hyde Park, Montgomery Place is an all-inclusive independent living facility that can help you live life to the fullest. Contact us today to learn more about what our community has to offer and see how we can help you stay social and active so you can live your best life.

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Montgomery Place
5550 South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 753-4100

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Public transportation

Metra operates a train from Hyde Park to Chicago Loop every 30 minutes and the journey takes 18 min. South Shore Line also services this route hourly. Alternatively, Chicago Transit (CTA) operates a bus from Hyde Park to Chicago Loop every 15 minutes.


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