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Independent Living, Inc.
Last updated on August 18, 2015


MISSION: Independent Living Inc. 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.

Independent Living, Inc. provides in-home services including Home Care/Respite, Home Chore, Home Share, Home Safety Modification, Financial Management and Counseling, and volunteer services including Evening Meals on Wheels, Kibble on Wheels, Telephone Reassurance, Friendly Visiting, Chore Corps and Health Advocates. Independent Living, Inc. also has developed and continues to manage affordable, service-supported housing at The Gardens Retirement Community and Segoe Gardens Assisted Living in Madison, at McKee Park Apartments in Fitchburg and at Olympic Village Condominiums in Sun Prairie.

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1971: Services to Elderly Persons (STEP) joins with Services to Maintain Independent Living for the Elderly (SMILE), under a new effort by the Wisconsin Division on Aging and United Way of Dane County: Independent Living Project for the Elderly. The association expands to provide transportation, home safety assessments and information/counseling services. It also continues to offer telephone reassurance calls and friendly visitors.

1973: On July 1, STEP and SMILE merge to become Independent Living, Inc. (ILI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The merger, at the urging of the Dane County Commission on Aging, makes it possible to apply for state aid under county sponsorship.

1973: Later that fall, ILI accepts oversight of Dane County’s congregate noon meal program for older adults, which begins in December. ILI continues in this oversight role until 1996, when other local entities assume responsibility.

1974: Housekeeping services for older and disabled adults are added to ILI’s programs.

1979: ILI begins its foray into housing with the Homeshare program. Originally set up as an extension to Friendly Visiting, ILI receives a grant from Gulf & Western that officially launches this unique program. In Homeshare, volunteers provide services and companionship to older and disabled adults in exchange for free or reduced rent at the client’s home.

1981: ILI begins the Home Care program to provide in-home personal cares.

1986: Chandler HOME, an eight-bed Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF), opens in Madison.

1989: ILI becomes part of the national Meals on Wheels program when it establishes Evening Meals on Wheels for homebound older and disabled adults in Dane County.

1993: Development of a skilled-care subsidiary begins, to provide the types of skilled therapies and services that ILI staff are not able to.

1994: Independent Health Care, In., becomes officially licensed by the State of Wisconsin and certified by Medicare to provide registered nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical social workers, speech therapy and certified nursing assistant services.

1995: McKee park Apartments, 1 41-unit, rent-subsidized apartment for low-income older adults opens in Fitchburg.

1996: Financial management and Counseling for older adults is added to ILI’s programs.

1997: Olympic Village, a retirement community of 69 condominiums, opens in Sun Prairie.

2000: ILI purchases the former Attic Angel Association housing community in Madison. Extensive renovations to the former nursing home create Segoe Gardens Assisted Living, a 16-unit CBRF (with this expansion, Chandler HOME closes). Also included in the renovation are regular apartments, which make up the Independent Living Retirement Community (ILRC), called the Heritage. The community offers a total of 97 affordable, service-support units for older adults.

2006: Kibble on Wheels was started in 2006 through community partnerships between ILI, Mounds Pet Food Warehouse, Banfield Pet Hospitals and the Dane County Humane Society to deliver free, appropriate food for companion animals and prevent meal sharing by older adults to Evening Meals on Wheels recipients.

2007: ILI with support from United Way of Dane County piloted the Caregiver Respite program in response to the great need for those in a caregiver role. This program provides respite care through in-home care services or a stay at the Segoe Gardens Assisted Living facility.

Today Independent Living, Inc. is a recognized leader in Dane County for providing high quality, innovative and cost effective community-based services to older adults and people with disabilities.

Contact person: Dan Barlow, Volunteer Manager, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: 608-274-9181


 2970 Chapel Valley Road, Suite 203
Madison, WI 53711
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 Located off PD/McKee Road, west of Fish Hatchery Road
Last updated on August 18, 2015

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