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Independent Living Amenities: What to Expect from Your New Home

Today, seniors have so many options to choose from as they start thinking about retirement plans. As you start making your decision, it’s important to consider all of the pros and cons of the options you’re considering.


Independent living communities differ from other retirement options because they focus on preserving the independence of the resident. At Melrose Meadows, our independent living residents are offered a wide variety of opportunities to maintain their sense of self while also helping with needs like maintenance or cleaning.

Whether you’re close to making a decision or just getting started on your search, below are the amenities you can often expect at an independent living community.

Meals, Housekeeping and Maintenance

Once you retire, you won’t want to worry about cooking and cleaning. Most independent living communities provide at least one meal per day. Some communities, like Melrose Meadows, even have restaurant-style dining with delicious options for each meal. Most communities also offer regular housekeeping services for their residents. And when something needs fixing around your apartment or the community itself, maintenance staff is there to take care of it so you don’t have to.

Facilities, Entertainment and Wellness

One of the great things about living in an independent living community is having an active and social lifestyle. While living in an independent living community, residents often enjoy recreational facilities such as a gyms, pools, libraries and game/social rooms.

In addition to facilities, independent living communities also schedule a variety of customized programming that cater to the body and mind. From water aerobics to billiards to wine socials, independent living community residents can enjoy a healthy and social life. At Melrose Meadows, both independent and assisted living residents enjoy all of our activities and events, as well as the use of our Wellness Center with our heated indoor pool.

Parking and Transportation

Just like other living neighborhoods or communities, independent senior living communities often offer parking spots and garages for residents to park their vehicles. Don’t like driving? Many independent living communities also offer scheduled transportation services.

At Melrose Meadows, all of our amenities are included in your rent. However, that’s not necessarily the norm. As you shop for a community, it’s important to note what amenities are included with your rent, as many communities offer their services on an a la carte basis.

Melrose Meadows is a certified assisted and independent living community in Iowa City, Iowa. We pride ourselves in providing a senior living community that supports an independent lifestyle in a vibrant all-inclusive setting. Schedule a tour today and let us help you navigate the options for your future.

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