Independent living communities are designed with:
- Multiple units meant to provide residence and amenities for senior adults.
- The units are often one to two-bedroom apartments, complete with kitchens and laundry facilities.
- Residents have the ability to come and go as they please, cook their own meals, and care for themselves while receiving the social benefits of living in community with other senior adults.
- Supportive services are typically available to residents upon request. These services can include: meals, housekeeping, laundry, fitness classes, social activities, and transportation. These services are usually offered to the residents for an additional cost to their monthly housing fee. Some independent living facilities are strictly residential units where senior adults live without the options of additional supportive services. These types of facilities are more often referred to as senior apartments.