Your Guide to Senior Independent Living at The Merion

Looking into senior housing options available to you can be quite an undertaking. 

Fortunately, we at The Merion understand how important it is to choose the right senior living community. We’ve gathered all the most relevant information for older adults considering transitioning to a more carefree daily experience.

A common entry point to senior living is an independent living lifestyle, where residents retain a high degree of independence. They enjoy numerous dining, housing and activity benefits that you can only get in an independent living community, in addition to things like on-site security and housekeeping.

We’ll cover this and more in our senior independent living guide for life at The Merion. We’ll go over what’s included in an independent living option, including health services, amenities, lifestyle, floor plans and other benefits unique to us.

What Is Independent Living?

In short, independent living is an approach to senior living that places you at the center. Everything about the community, from the residential structure to wellness programs to personalized senior care, revolves around the resident.

The carefree life of independent living provides a wonderful retirement experience for older adults. In addition to providing prepared meals, transportation, social activities, and housekeeping, independent living communities offer many convenient services and amenities. 

Independent living is considered the first level of living and/or health care in senior living. It offers active older adults an opportunity to live the life they want without the responsibility of daily chores, maintenance, preparing meals or budgeting. As far as personal care is concerned, it does not provide assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing or toileting, nor does it include memory care or home care.

As described above, seniors living in independent living communities tend to be active, healthy, and independent, but they still want residential convenience and more social opportunities. This is where community culture, amenities and The Merion’s monthly rental structure is put to work for you, creating the ideal atmosphere.

If you need anything beyond what independent living already grants, we offer a complete suite of health services. We offer consultation with our knowledgeable Care Coordinators should you need it.

Services and Amenities at The Merion

Located in our gorgeous downtown Evanston, The Merion boasts striking amenities that are sure to be talking points over dinner for months to come. 

Come enjoy our sun-drenched atrium, state-of-the-art fitness center or indoor saltwater pool. Bring friends and family to our arcade or game room. Take advantage of our all-day dining in multiple gorgeous dining venues, topped off with a tasty treat from our pastry chef. Round off the night reading by firelight in our library, or making something fun in our arts and crafts studio.

Apart from these lifestyle perks, we offer à la carte assistance-in-living support and 24/7 emergency response provided by our on-site Wellness Center. And with our innovative program MerionCares, you get discounted access to accredited rehabilitation and nursing facilities. We provide workshops, seminars, support groups and other programs related to wellness that are overseen by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals.

Residency at The Merion also gives you access to the following services:

  • In-residence dining with made-to-order meals
  • Generous dining credit included with monthly fee
  • 24/7 assistance-in-living services with Merion Health Services
  • Daily calendar of social activities
  • Weekday daily housekeeping
  • Weekly laundry and linen services
  • Responsive maintenance team
  • Local transportation
  • Guest suites for family members and friends
  • All utilities, including cable TV and high-speed internet, excluding phone

For more information about the cost of independent living and your desired lifestyle, contact us at your convenience. 

How The Merion Can Help You Stay On The Move

The Merion’s On The Move Program is designed to help you manage the process of organizing and downsizing for a new chapter in your life. 

Regardless of where you are in the process of transitioning to independent living, On The Move can help. Our world-class team is fully certified by the National Association of Senior Move Managers® and poised to facilitate that transition. 

As part of the program, incoming residents are paired with a personal moving consultant. You’ll meet with them at your home to discuss all the details of your move; then they’ll assist you in making it a reality. 

For example, if you need to sell certain possessions, your consultant can help you with what to keep, sell or donate. Maybe you’re unsure how to budget for moving expenses or don’t know which piece of your furniture will be best suited to your new senior apartment. Those are things we can help you with as well.

Whatever your needs, our personal moving consultants are ready and waiting to help streamline the moving process. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out today to see what we can do for you.

How The Merion Helps You Live Your Best Life

Just minutes from downtown Chicago, The Merion is an upscale retirement community that gives you the freedom to do the things you want. Come visit us to see how you can pursue North Shore happiness in comfort and style.