What is Independent Living?

Senior woman painting in the garden

After living in your own home for decades, it can be hard to imagine living any other way. But if you find yourself tending to more of your home’s responsibilities — maintenance, upkeep, lawn care — and enjoying less of life’s possibilities, maybe it’s time to consider senior independent living. Choosing an independent living Life Plan Community like Friendsview can give you more freedom to pursue your interests with lifelong learning, wellness and art classes, clubs, resident interest groups, social events and outings. Meanwhile, we’ll take care of the housekeeping and inside and outside maintenance. We’ll mow the lawn, unclog your drain or even change a lightbulb for you.

Senior woman in outdoor exercise class

Independent living lifestyle

  • After making a move to a community, some of the things residents of independent living communities say they love about their new lifestyle include:
  • Meeting friendly people that quickly become close friends
  • Exploring new hobbies through community classes and clubs
  • Enjoying healthy chef-made meals
  • Focusing on wellness programs specifically designed to promote whole-body health
  • Being surrounded by people with similar life experiences and goals
  • Having scheduled transportation for errands and doctor visits

While each independent senior living community offers a different mix of services and amenities, here’s some of what we feature:

  • Two on-campus fitness centers with a certified fitness coordinator
  • Fitness classes like Tai Chi, yoga, aerobics and line dancing
  • Free memberships with Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center
  • Lifelong learning and mentorship opportunities right next door at George Fox University
  • On-campus library and access to George Fox University library
  • Numerous nature trails around campus and Hess Creek Canyon
  • Arts center and sewing room
  • Cultural programs, art classes and social events
  • Outings for theater, cultural, social and community events
  • Woodworking shop
  • Beauty Salon/Barbershop
  • Game room
  • Theater/auditorium

Senior couple outside having coffee

The value of independent living

If you’re curious about how the cost of a community compares to staying in your home, you’ll probably find that the cost is similar. Especially when you consider Life Plan Communities provide maintenance, utilities, activities, a meal plan, and many appealing amenities and services, along with discounts on long-term health care. Plus, some of your fees could also be tax-deductible. Before making any decision involving money, it’s important to consult with your financial advisor.

Female doctor and senior woman talking

What if I need care in the future??

While it’s important to consider the lifestyle you’ll enjoy when you move to a community, it’s also vital that you think about your needs for tomorrow. Just as there are a wide variety of community options, there are also a wide range of care options. With the protection of a life care contract, our Life Plan Community ensures guaranteed access to a full continuum of on-site senior health care, including enhanced living, memory care, 24-hour nursing and care at home. And if you or your co-resident ever need a higher level of care, your monthly fee will remain about the same if you need a higher level of care, protecting you from the rising costs of care.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of moving to a senior living community like Friendsview, call us at 503-538-3144 or use our contact form.

NikkiNikki Deckon has been on staff at Friendsview since 2018 in various roles and in long term care for several years. Before working with seniors, she wrote/produced hundreds of talk radio programs and vignettes; was published in a couple of editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul and other print publications including The Oregonian, Kids NW, The Sun and more. After twenty years of marriage she feels that she’s still in the “honeymoon” phase and is enjoying raising her teenage boys in Newberg, a mere two miles from Friendsview.