Tour our new Tampa Alzheimer's Care Facilities in Tampa FL

Independent Living Communities

What is an Independent Living Community?

Designed for the needs of active older adults, independent living is a premier choice for those who can live on their own but want the atmosphere and conveniences (services and amenities) offered by a senior living community. Someone living in an independent living community requires little to no assistance with personal care activities such as toileting, eating, grooming meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation.


Benefits of Independent Living Communities


The carefree lifestyle of independent living retirement communities enables older adults to fully enjoy their retirement by offering various benefits, services and amenities, which may include:

  • Apartment-style homes ranging in size from studio to two-bedroom
  • Custom-designed meal packages served in communal dining areas
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Household and grounds maintenance
  • A published calendar filled with activities, exercise classes and social events
  • Fewer bills since most services, amenities and utilities are included as part of your rent

A wide selection of programs and social events are offered at independent living communities, encompassing a broad range of interests. This makes it possible for everyone to stay active, make new friends and cultivate new hobbies and interests while also enjoying hobbies and interests with which you’re already familiar. Participation is encouraged but optional.


Focusing on the active lifestyle of the modern older adult, independent living communities make every effort to support each person’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. To accomplish this, independent living communities may offer these benefits and amenities:

  • Onsite 24-hour staff/security
  • Community center/clubhouse
  • Swimming pools and whirlpools
  • Fitness center with fitness classes and exercise machines/equipment
  • Basketball, volleyball and tennis courts
  • Pavilions and picnic areas with barbeque grills
  • On-site hair salon
  • On-site laundry facility
  • Some form of transportation
  • On-site convenience store

Since benefits and amenities vary from community to community and not every community will include every item on this list, determine which are “must haves” for you and then find a community that provides these specific benefits and amenities.

Most communities allow and encourage their residents to personalize their apartments, decorating and furnishing them with personal items and furniture, using their own personal style and décor to make it feel like home. However, it’s always best to check that using your personal items is allowed.


Typical Independent Living Costs and Pricing

Of all the living options for older adults, independent living is generally the least expensive because it doesn’t include any personal care or healthcare related services.  The typical cost for services ranges between $1,500 to $3,500, depending on on-site care options offered, amenities and services provided, location and apartment size. The cost typically includes housing, amenities and services, community activities, utilities and maintenance expenses. Meal plans, which vary from community to community, may be included in the cost or may come at an additional cost as an add-on item.


Not Sure if Independent Living is Right for You?

Discover how Independent Living Communities, 55+ Retirement Communities and CCRCs measure up to one another.

Looking for a senior living option that offers more assistance? Tessera of Westchase offers Assisted Living and Memory Care services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Return to the About Senior Living main page

We'd love to hear from you

  • By providing this information, you allow Tessera of Westchase to contact you. See our Privacy Policy for more details.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


We’re Here to Help!

Selecting the right Westchase senior living community in Tampa, FL, comes with a lot of decisions. Thankfully you don’t have to navigate them alone. We are here to answer questions and provide the information you and your family need to make a confident decision. Submit a request and our team will be in touch shortly.

11330 Countryway Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33626


View Map

Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to learn about upcoming events at Tessera of Westchase:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.