Independent Living Overview

There is no denying that selling your family home and reducing your belongings can be a stressful experience. But many residents claim that once they have made the decision to move to Kendal, they have never looked back. Residents appreciate the services and conveniences of life at Kendal, including housekeeping, maintenance, and snow removal. You can also count on covered parking, help with packages, daily newspaper, mail delivery, and scheduled transportation. The Kendal community includes an on-site health clinic, gift and sundries shop, beauty/barber shop, branch bank, postal service and guesthouse for overnight visitors.

Choose from five types of senior living residences, including studio; one bedroom; one bedroom with den; two bedroom and two bedroom with den. The one bedroom with den, two bedroom, and two bedroom with den apartments are also available in our single story units.  Each residence includes:

  • Full kitchen
  • Covered terrace or balcony
  • Double-insulated and screened windows
  • Individually-controlled heating and air conditioning
  • Fire safety and emergency call system
  • Storage space
  • Window treatments and carpeting, covered parking
  • Cable TV access and access to two telephone lines
  • Housekeeping service
  • Regularly scheduled local transportation

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“Don’t wait until you ‘need’ Kendal.  Come early and you can make the most wonderful friends.” 

Services & Amenities

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Covered in residents entry & monthly fees are use of the residence with all utilities, housekeeping & linen service, one meal a day plan with option to add more.  Kendal is responsible for maintenance of all buildings and grounds, including trash and snow removal.  Residents will also take advantage of a lifetime health care program with 24-hour emergency call system, and comprehensive package of health care services.


Kendal at Hanover offers a wide array of activities for residents to participate in, whether on campus or off.  Scheduled activities such as aerobics, water aerobics, Tai Chi, and folk dancing, are some of the activities available for residents free of charge.  Other amenities include three dining rooms, a health clinic, hair salon, a bank, gift shop, hobby workshops, meeting rooms, exercise room and large heated lap pool.

Our resident run Library houses over 7,000 volumes, many of which were acquired from residents.  Daily newspapers, periodicals, fiction and nonfiction items can be found in the library.  Residents also have access to the Howe Library in Hanover for any books that might not be available at Kendal.

It is almost guaranteed, with Kendal’s over 100 groups and committees, residents can find an activity in which to become involved.  Residents are also encouraged to start a group or committee, of a particular interest, if one does not exist presently.

In communities such as Hanover, being so close to Dartmouth, residents are able to lead stimulating active lives largely based on taking advantage of opportunities on campus, from auditing classes and lectures to attending concerts and sporting events.  At Dartmouth, such options extend outdoors to include skiing at the Dartmouth Skiway or on an extensive network of cross-country trails, as well as participating in organized hikes, nature walks, and canoe trips at Storrs Pond.  One of Kendal’s top benefits is the partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth. Staffed by volunteers, the institute offers a variety of adult-education courses on a wide range of subjects each semester as well as a summer lecture series.  The institute’s classes are held at Dartmouth and in venues around Hanover, including Kendal.  Nearly half of Kendal community residents are enrolled in the institute.