Independent Living, Inc.
2970 Chapel Valley Rd, Ste 203, Fitchburg, WI 53711
In 1973, Services to Elderly Persons and Services to Maintain Independent Living were merged and incorporated as Independent Living, Inc., a nonprofit organization. This corporation continued the Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visiting programs in addition to the home safety assessments, counseling and transportation services under the former organizations. Between 1973 and 1996 ILI had oversight of the Dane County’s Congregate Noon Meals program and eventually turned over this program to local entities. In 1989 ILI launched the Evening Meals on Wheels program. In 1981, ILI launched the Home Care program to provide in-home personal care. ILI established Independent Health Care which included skilled nursing care and physical, occupational and speech therapy in 1994. In 1996, Financial Management and Counseling was added to in home care to help seniors navigate their simple to complicated financial needs.
The Chandler HOME, an eight-bed facility was opened in 1986 on Chandler Street near Meriter Hospital. This place remained open until 2000. ILI opened the 42-unit McKee Park Apartments, the first senior housing (age 62 and up) based on affordability and income in 1995. The next year ILI opened Olympic Village, a 69-unit condominium complex in Sun Prairie. To add to their housing facilities, ILI renovated the former Attic Angel Association housing in Madison and renamed it The Gardens.
In 2006, Kibble on Wheels was added to provide free food for companion animals whose owners are unable to afford food for their animals. This was in response to ILI discovering that low income people were sometimes sharing their subsidized food with their pets.
In 2018, ILI opened Tennyson Senior Living Community in Madison’s northeast side. This facility has both an independent and assisted living option.