We’re so glad you’re here. Independence Village is a place full of warmth, energy and activity. We hope you feel an instant connection to the people that live and work in our community, as we strive to ensure that you enjoy every single moment of every single day here.
When you live in Frankenmuth, you’re living in one of Michigan’s most unique and beloved places. This “Little Bavaria” welcomes thousands of families every year for its special chicken dinners and old-world charm. We made sure that all the best of this mid-Michigan gem is infused into our community at Independence Village of Frankenmuth.
We believe that our extra effort and attention to detail make us an extra special place to live. Because we know the little things make a difference, we work to make sure that every thing we do – large or small – will help you get more out of every day.
We offer a variety of apartment types, from studios to one- or two-bedroom suites. Each style includes utilities and is ready for immediate move-in. Stylish accents and thoughtful touches make whichever floor plan you choose a wonderful home. Add your personal touch and make the décor as individual as you are.
Independence Village of Frankenmuth is very happy to be able to offer our residents an in-house Art Studio. Experience is not necessary to enjoy the therapeutic results of painting and creating art. From beginners to professional artists—we’ll supply the materials if you bring the inspiration, emotion, and desire to express yourself.
Located just off the main dining room, the Music Lounge has a variety of interesting activities going on at any given time. During Sunday brunch, a pianist plays the songs you love and remember as you linger over coffee. It’s also home to our fully stocked Puzzle Station, and is the site of our Bird Aviary, where you can get an enchanting close-up look at our feathered friends in their own indoor habitat. And don’t miss our weekly social, where you can meet new friends or toast the ones you already have over drinks and music.
Banking doesn’t get any easier than doing it right from home. Make deposits, access cash, or conduct other financial business under your own roof at the Frankenmuth Credit Union branch located within Independence Village. In true community spirit, we partner with the Credit Union for a festive Christmas sing-along that all residents are invited to join, and we’re proud to donate giveaways for Credit Union events.
Working with your hands is like no other therapy on Earth. Taking a piece of wood and transforming into something you built is both an art and a science. Like all good woodshops, we are fully stocked with all the tools of the trade to make your project a success. Some of our residents have built homemade clocks, which are proudly on display. And if woodworking or clock-building isn’t your thing, we have a general crafting station in the Shop so you can make something beautiful too.
Harmony Hall is our large banquet space, designed for big events and gatherings with lots of people, such as bingo games and group exercise classes. Take in a movie or catch a game on our big screen TV, and enjoy the camaraderie of sharing the experience with friends in a room that’s big enough to be together without feeling cramped.
Our resident-run Village Store is like a homey little craft shop, where residents and buy or sell homemade items and other sundries as needed.
Billiards, card tournaments, dominos and more await you in the Recreation Room. Pull up a chair or grab a cue stick and let the games begin, whatever your favorite indoor sport.
Enjoy the comfort of a nearby religious retreat so close to home. Beautiful stained glass calms your mind and soothes your spirit as you take the Holy Communion or arrive for Sunday services, and interested residents can further their understanding of the scriptures during Bible study meetings held in the Chapel.
It’s a vigorous workout but fans say it’s well worth it. Visit our Spin Room for an invigorating ride on one of three stationary spin bicycles and enjoy the results.
Staying fit is good for body, mind and soul. Our Fitness Center is a convenient place to work out, stretch and get your blood pumping on our rowing machines, treadmills, workout balls and weights, and resistance bands.
Book lovers will appreciate the convenience of a library right at home. We’re fully stocked with all genres of books and daily newspapers. You’ll stay up to date with new releases, which we receive monthly, including books on tape and large print varieties. We also offer a magnifier that makes it easy to see smaller text and photos or art. And while the Library is a great place to relax with a good book, it’s also home to our specially designed Relaxation Station, where a calmly bubbling fish tank and meditation fountain will clear your mind and de-stress your soul.
Pamper yourself in our full-service beauty salon. Get a cut and color or shave and a trim from professional stylists who are just outside your front door.
Residents will appreciate the conveniently located Computer Room, where all your computing can get done using our three computers, two printers and shredder. Write letters, take care of business matters, play games, shop on the Internet, read email, or destroy documents containing personal information.
House calls are not a thing of the past at Independence Village. Our Health Express Office is available to residents who wish to see a physician without traveling outside our community. Medical professionals in a variety of disciplines are available to consult with residents upon request at our in-house health services clinic. Residents can schedule appointments with a personal care physician, podiatrist, optometrist, or audiologist with just a simple phone call to our Health Express Office. We have a doctor or physician’s assistant onsite five days a week, and offer lab draws every Wednesday.
We know how much our residents enjoy gardening, so feel free to dig in and get your hands dirty in our gardens. Go ahead and indulge your green thumb and cultivate your very own flowers, herbs, tomatoes, or other vegetables.
No need to stay indoors for gatherings when you can breathe in the fresh air of The Terrace. Perfect for family barbecues or informal get-togethers, this covered outdoor area is Independence Village’s own party pavilion. Relax with food and drinks on comfortable patio furniture at our annual resident picnic or Oktoberfest celebration and enjoy the companionship of friends and family.
Independence Village of Frankenmuth is not only your home, it’s home to a five-star restaurant, where the food is always excellent and the service always exceeds expectations. Our hostess and waitstaff take pride in knowing our residents—not just their names, but their preferences and needs. We know what you like, and what you don’t. We remember that you like your bacon crisp, and your eggs over medium. We pay attention to any dietary requests you have and respect them. Want a sugar-free dessert? We prepare one every day of the week! Everyone is special to us, and we take care of your food just as we take care you. We want you to be happy with your dining options, so we’ll make whatever you like—even if it’s not on the menu. Our Executive Chef is very serious about his kitchen and what comes out of it, and will meet one-on-one with residents to go over dietary requirements and delivery preferences. We even offer the option of ordering at the table or ordering a full week in advance if you desire. We believe you deserve the very best, and we will do everything we can to ensure a consistently top-shelf dining experience at every meal.
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Our Life Enrichment Program is meant to be a personal journey of growth and enrichment, affecting not only our residents but also their families and our surrounding community. Our approach is always to include spirit, mind, soul, and body in our event consideration for each resident. We believe that everyone has lived and continues to live a beautiful and interesting life, and we want all of our residents to remain well-rounded, healthy and personally fulfilled.
A big part of our program involves listening. We like to hear about your life experiences and further your interests. Every person is important and valuable to our community, and we work hard to make sure each resident feels loved and appreciated. To that end, we hold a resident forum each month to talk about past, current and future activities. We want to make sure that everyone’s input is heard and that we’re always offering lots of interesting things to do. Some events on our calendar include cash bingo games, art therapy classes, social and happy hours, a garden club, German club, fall color tours, dining clubs, farmers’ market trips, river boat cruises, and more! There is literally something for everyone in our Life Enrichment Program, and we encourage every resident to get involved and enjoy everything life at Independence Village has to offer.
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Independence Village has been a proud member of the Frankenmuth community since 1982, and we’ve touched almost every family in town in one way or another, whether we care for a loved one or have provided employment to another.
We love our city and its rich heritage. As committed community members, we do all we can to keep Frankenmuth vibrant and a wonderful place to work and live. We’re proud to be rated as a top 7 employer, and are happy to host community events, like our breakfast with Santa day, and or trick or treat party, which nearly a thousand local children attend! We also host the City of Frankenmuth employee holiday party, participate in the holiday home tour, and the very special warrior appreciation event, a carnival recognizing past and present military.
In keeping with our deep gratitude to those who risk their lives for us, Independence Village sponsors Patriot Day on 9/11 to remember the police, fire, first responders and military who came to our nation’s aid.
Frankenmuth is our home and we’re here to stay. We love everything our unique community has to offer and we are proud to provide an excellent Senior Living experience to all our residents as well.
“I believe I am truly a private chef for 260+ residents. I feel as though I come to someone’s home and cook for them every day.”
– Executive Chef, Brian
“Smiles, laughter and stories told are what makes our community unique. We hire employees who are team players and demonstrate a true commitment to making a difference in the lives of those we serve. It takes a team to run a ‘Village’.”
– Marie Althaus, Executive Director
“Thanks Julie, we found immediate respite care in a facility adjacent to her current hospital today which gives us a few days to sort through our longer term options and we were able to get a physical therapy evaluation done at the hospital and they will provide outpatient physical therapy to my mother over the next couple of days so that she immediately gets back to walking more stably in the interim. So thank you very much for the quick response and the info and I will be looking through the information you provided more tomorrow. Pretty exhausted from lots of phone calls and arrangements today.
However, you were amazingly helpful and informative and knowledgeable about your facility and were very positive to talk to. Thanks so much and please feel free to pass along my response to you as a measure of your good work, despite working from home today. Not everyone I have talked to was as upbeat as you. In fact you were the most upbeat and the most knowledgeable and helpful and it was greatly appreciated I can tell you and represents your facility well. Thanks again.”
– Mary DeLaat (Ruth Donnelly’s daughter)
“Hi Reagan, I am Al and Phyllis Richert’s daughter. We met when you took us around the facility. I want to thank you for helping to make this move affordable for them. The are relieved to know that they are able to move to a place where they already have friends. My father had been particularly resistant to the idea of moving from a home he loves. I think now he may even be a little excited.
It’s hard to realize that you can longer do it alone. Through your help, this whole process has been easier. For that, I am eternally grateful.”
– Cindy Heusel
“It’s hard to say what we like the best about living here. It could be the meals, housekeeping, activities, trips or just having people at our beck and call. All we can say to someone considering Independence Village for their next home is, ‘Go for it, you won’t find anything better!’”
– Denny and Liz D.