Friends For Life

  • Independent Living
  • Enhanced Living
  • Assisted Living*
  • Memory Care*

Independence Village is a beautiful community with exceptional care and services. We believe that people are happiest when they are appreciated and inspired. We are committed to this philosophy, and it shows in everything we do.

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Care & Services

We offer a wide variety of Independent, Enhanced?, and Assisted Living services to meet your individual needs. We can provide as much or as little support as needed—it’s up to you.

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Our Difference

Independence Village believes that what sets us apart is our commitment to appreciating our residents as individuals who deserve to shine, everyday.

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Resources & Planning

Independence Village brings the experts to you with in-house financial planning resources.

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Meet Our Family

  • Carol Horner
    Resident of Aurora

    What is your fondest childhood memory?
    Growing up with a German grandmother. She got upset with my Mom when she felt my Mom wasn’t parenting me the right way.

    What is something you have always wanted to do but are scared to try?
    Nothing, I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do.

    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past?
    Past. I’d like to go back to my childhood.

  • Fern Thompson
    Resident of Aurora

    What is your fondest childhood memory?
    We lived by the Islay Dairy Plant. Every month they would clean out the freezer. They would dump the ice out and kids were allowed to go through the ice, and if they found a Klondike Bar they could keep it!

    What is something you have always wanted to do but are scared to try?
    Skydive!

    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past?
    Past. I’d like to go back to the places that I’ve traveled to.

  • Audrey Britton
    Resident of Aurora

    What is your fondest childhood memory?
    Water-skiing off the back of my Dad’s boat.

    What is something you have always wanted to do but are scared to try?
    I’ve tried everything I’ve ever wanted to.

    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past?
    Future. I’d like to see what is going to happen. I already know what my past is.

  • Curtis Pilgrim
    Florida

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    3 years

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    Nice place to live. Very satisfied with all the care!!

    What do you define as family?
    My niece is my one and only! The staff here is also my family.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Don’t worry. Let things happen as they will.

  • Jim Davis
    Michigan

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    9 months

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    Great staff.

    What do you define as family?
    My daughters and granddaughter.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Don’t get old! Think before you mess up.

  • Helen Lund
    Lansing, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    11 months

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    “It’s wonderful” No matter what we do we “Get Fed.”

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Easy Does It.

    What is home to you?
    Contentment.

    What do you define as a family?
    People you care about.

  • Nancy Vetrainno
    Birmingham, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    3 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Room to roam around. I can visit with people if I choose to or not. Always lots of activities to do if I care to do them, and being close to my family.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Be good to people and make lots of friends.

    What do you define as a family?
    Very important. The catholic church was a very big part of my life.

  • Veronica Bush
    Detroit, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    6 months

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    I don’t have to cook.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Be a good person.

    What is “Home” to you?
    Here, being with my kids and friends.

    What do you define as a family?
    People feeling at ease while in my company.

  • Lucille Laarz
    Frankenmuth Resident

    What is your fondest childhood memory?
    Waking up on Christmas morning to find the Christmas tree decorated and lit.

    What is something you have always wanted to do but are scared to try?
    Learning some sort of a complicated dance.

    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past?
    I would go to the past. I would go to Europe and want to be on one of the old Viking Ships.

  • Arline Lee
    Frankenmuth Resident

    What is your fondest childhood memory?
    Walking by an empty house and pretending that there were ghosts inside.

    What is something you have always wanted to do but are scared to try?
    Go into the deep end of the water or swimming pool – but I could never swim well enough.

    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past?
    Go to the future. I would travel to Hawaii!

  • Emma Katherine Fairchild
    Frankenmuth Resident

    What is your fondest childhood memory?
    The good life and taking walks to the market.

    What is something you have always wanted to do but are scared to try?
    To travel, but never really had the chance to do it.

    If you could time travel, would you go to the future or the past?
    Go to the future. I’d like to see what’s up ahead.

  • Dorothy “Dot” Uren

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    I think everyone is wonderful here and they are happy.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Spend your money wisely…

    What is home to you?
    Home is being with the ones you love.

  • Margaret Warder

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    The food is wonderful, and the people are always friendly.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Be nice to people.

    What is home to you?
    Here, this is where I live and this is my home now.

  • Bill
    Mt. Pleasant, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    11 years

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    My wife is at StoryPoint and they take very good care of her.

    What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Stay active.

    What is home to you?
    Independence Village.

  • Dottie
    Covert, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    2 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Friendliness of all residents and staff.

    What is home?
    Where my husband is.

    What do you define as family?
    Those who love each other and want to make each other happy.

  • Evelyn Fagley
    Ohio

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    Since July 2015

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    Having things done for you, like your laundry, they always bring it back clean/folded and your meals are always furnished.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Make friends and collect lots of books and reading material.

    What do you define as a family?
    Close relatives that visit and remember your special days.

  • Jane Gaffney
    Bay City, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    Since March 2015

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Lots of activity!

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Keep strong legs so that you can keep moving!

    What is “home” to you?
    Somewhere that you feel comfortable and where you are surrounded by nice people.

    What do you define as a family?
    My kids.

  • Jean Crockett
    Yorkshire, England

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    Since December 2015

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Everybody helps each other.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Watch over others.

    What is “home” to you?
    Where you live.

    What do you define as a family?
    All of my descendants.

  • Josie
    Midland, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    8.5 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    How friendly people here are.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Don’t get old.

    What is home to you?
    This is home to me.

    What do you define as family?
    The residents and staff at Independence Village.

  • Beatrice Tetreault
    Daytona, FL

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    2 months

    What do you notice about living at Independence Village?
    Everybody is friendly. They all talk to each other.

    What is family?
    Friends and relatives. Family has been very good to me. My nephews are like my own sons.

    What is home?
    Home is here! I won’t live anywhere else.

  • Harriet VanHouzen
    Detroit, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    1 1/2 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Everything is spotlessly clean. All staff is so friendly, willing to help if we have problems. The care staff gives kind and compassionate care.

    What does family mean?
    I was married for 69 years. I always had a loving, happy home with 5 children. I’m very proud of them. They all went to college and have nice jobs. All have Christian homes and are children of God, and their children also.

    What is home?
    My heart is still up North, but Independence Village Waterstone is home because I’m treated like family.

  • Maurice Wyckstand
    Roseville, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    7 months

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    It’s a pretty clean place. The staff is very congenial and kind.

    What advice would you give to your younger self?
    Love your fellow man. We’re all brothers and sisters.

    What is home?
    The best place in the world to go home to.

    What does family mean?
    Man and woman married, loving God, raising good kids in a way that they believe in Jesus Christ and what he did.

  • Dee Moline
    Cheboygan, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    4 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Friendly people, lovely environment.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Keep hobbies and interests that you will enjoy in old age.

    What is home to you?
    Things, cozy, comfort and favorite furnishings.

    How do you define family?
    All the people related to me.

  • Donna Moll
    Boyne City, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    A year and a half

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    The wonderful residents and staff.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Go the limit while you still can.

    What do you define as home?
    Where I live.

  • Marge Green
    Detroit/Pontiac, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    4 years

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    Security – I have friends and feel safe.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Plan ahead in all areas of life.

    What do you define as home?
    Something very warm, cozy, safe & loved.

    What is family to you?
    My friends at Independence Village, I love them all!

  • Bea Holmes
    Detroit, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    3 years

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    Friendly people.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Don’t stress about everything. Life is short. Live in the moment.

    What is home to you?
    Having my most meaningful possessions surrounding me. Bringing my chandelier that I’ve had all of my life made my new apartment feel like home for me.

    What do you define as a family?
    My husband, Don, my kids and grandkids are forever. Family is love.

  • Elizabeth Kucherenko
    Flint, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    7 years

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    The surroundings and the nice people.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    I didn’t have money for nursing school. A woman I was introduced to through a network of acquaintances gave me a scholarship and I became a nurse. I didn’t have to worry.

    What is home to you?
    My clothes, my bed and my lazy boy. I feel comfortable and I know I can get help if I need it.

    What do you define as a family?
    My sister and brother-in-law who live close by. I have another sister in Seattle and a brother in San Francisco.

  • Jim Bergel
    Detroit, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    1 year and 4 months

    What do you notice most living at Independence Village?
    The assistance from everyone is terrific. Everyone is friendly and hospitable. When I go to the gym every morning, everyone says Hi.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Get in the car and go!

    What is home to you?
    Having my wife, Helen, here; and my friends to play Poker with.

    What do you define as a family?
    My wife, my son and my daughter. My kids and grandkids. Two grandkids just got engaged!

  • Leopold Schaeli
    Lucerne, Switzerland

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    1.5 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Everything is close together and everything is so clean. I am a stickler about being clean and everything here meets my standards.  I also really like the three meals a day.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    I was a Master Chef and I accomplished this by never being afraid of hard work and always prepare for the next day.  Most importantly, always be on time.

  • Mary Prew
    Pleasant Ridge, MI

    How long have you lived at Independence Village?
    1.5 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    It is very nice because when you want to be alone you can have your personal space and then when you want to talk to someone there is always someone. Also, the staff here is very helpful and nice

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    Think and plan for the future more.  In our youth we never thought we would get older.  I would have planned better.

    What do you define as family?
    It is hard not to be able to take care of yourself so family is those who help care for you; my family and Independence Village.

  • Shirley McGuire
    Britton, MI

    How long have you worked at Independence Village?
    2 years

    What do you notice most about living at Independence Village?
    Friendly People – residents and people who work here

    What is home to you?
    She loved her flowers and her home and it took about 1 year to get over the passing of her husband and her apartment at IVWL is now her special place called home with friends and residents here.

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