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Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is Independent Living?
    Residents of GISRA's living facilities (or Residents of Meadowbrook) are independent. Many still drive, all of our residents are able to manage their activities of daily living with minimal or no help.
  • How does that differ from Assisted Living?
    Assisted living offers the same benefits, but is generally meant for someone who has significant health and/or mobility concerns. They therefore require more medical care and attention than someone living in an independent living community. GISRA does not provide assistance with activities of daily living.
  • How do I know if Independent Living is right for me?
    Moving into an independent living community is a very personal decision, and people make the choice to move for many reasons. A few of the reasons people give us are that: • their current home is a bit big for just them • tasks like vacuuming and laundry are becoming harder to complete • keeping up with yard work and gardening is becoming too hard • cooking nutritious meals for themselves is proving to be a bit of a chore • driving is a hassle and they prefer to have everything they need close by • they’re looking for a strong sense of community and support
  • What type of services does Independent Living offer?
    The types of services independent living offers will likely differ depending on the facility. Generally, you can expect to receive nutritious meals prepared for you, access to transportation, light housekeeping on your suite, and some laundry service. You’ll also have access to a strong social support network from the other residents and staff. You’ll have a huge variety of recreation of all levels, as well as a variety of arts, crafts, and other entertainment. It’s totally up to you how much, and when, you choose to participate. Most independent living communities offer a strong sense of security. You’re free to come and go as you please and each suite is secure. All residents are equipped with a medical alert services call button that you can use for any sort of emergency. Although most people who live in independent living communities are still very mentally and physically capable, you’ll still find easy access to medical services, and health information.
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