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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Health, Home Health Care, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Meals on Wheels, Senior Citizens Housing & Retirement Communities, Seniors

Mission: Independent Living, Inc. (ILI) is a nonprofit, multi-service agency that assists older adults and people with disabilities enabling them to live with dignity and independence and to maintain health and well being. ILI is a leading provider of high quality, innovative and cost-effective services and housing.

Results: Our Madison-based nonprofit primarily serves residents in Dane and Green counties with some services slightly into surrounding areas. Seniors and adults with disabilities manage their independence through three core areas with us: comprehensive services in the home, home health care, and senior living communities in Madison, Fitchburg and Sun Prairie.

Target demographics: seniors and adults with disabilities live a full and independent life

Direct beneficiaries per year: In a year's time, we touch 3,000 lives.

Geographic areas served: Primarily Dane County, Wisconsin

Programs: Evening Meals on Wheels In-Home Personal Care Services including bathing and grooming Home Health Care including wound care and physical, occupational and speech therapy Kibble on Wheels for pets Assistance from Volunteers Home Safety Modification, including installation of ramps, rails and equipment Medication Set-ups Financial Management and Counseling (budgets, bill pay, paperwork management) Telephone Reassurance Friendly Visiting House cleaning services Home Share (live-in companions) Independent Senior Housing Senior Retirement Community Assisted Living Community

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I asked the Home Care folks from Independent Living Inc to provide a companion for my father (one hour a day, five days a week). My dad, although in fairly good health, is in the early stages of vascular dementia; he lives alone and his social life has dwindled. The visitor who serves as his primary companion is wonderful—cheerful, tranquil, attentive, efficient, discreet. Among the things my dad most appreciates about her visits:

"She always avoids empty chatter. Her conversation is interesting."
"She seems well-informed about the community—that helps keep me in touch with what's going on."
"I like the way she is unobtrusive about helping keep the house clean and suggesting things for us to do."

Above all, she is a great listener. My dad loves above all things to read aloud from works of literature, and she is always up for another chapter. She has been a great blessing in our lives.

I should add that everyone else I've ever dealt with at Independent Living (various division heads, substitute companions) has been equally helpful and responsive. It's a reliably excellent organization that has much improved the quality of my dad's—and hence of my own—life.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Independent Living does an outstanding job providing senior citizens with many services allowing them to live independently in their homes. Independent Living is operated very efficiently from top to bottom. The leadership team, employees, and volunteers are dedicated to delivering all of these much needed services. I am very proud to serve on ILI's board and be associated with this great organization!
Ted Waldbillig

Board Member

Rating: 4

Independent Living is a well known organization for helping Seniors remain safe in their own homes as they age. Their in home services are superb and their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Independent Living staff made home modifications for my mother shortly after she had stroke. It allowed her to stay independent for three more years. Now, as a board member, I see from a different perspective how much the staff truly care about their clients--indeed they are more like "family" than clients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Independent Living staff is very reliable and proffessional. They have provided wonderful and caring service to older adults.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Independent living is very helpful with services to their clients. They try to match the care giver with the client which helps greatly. They are timely and very understanding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been the main caregiver for my Mother for the last 10 years. She is now 96, and in the last couple of years I have become increasingly burned out. I now have two wonderful women who help my Mother on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday so that I can have a break. They are wonderful and so kind and caring, and I am so grateful to them, and to Independent Living, for all they do.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Independent Living came into my life at a very stressful time for our family. My husband and I were struggling to deal with challenges that resulted from his chronic illness. Christina Snider was very kind and compassionate during our intake interview, and the services we received helped turn that summer around. I would not hesitate to recommend Independent Living to others who need help.