What Are The Differences Between Assisted Living And Independent Living?

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is the term applied to a method of care which keeps residents self-sufficient for as long as possible. The benefit of this type of care is that there is help available if a resident should need it but the resident is still allowed to do for himself or herself as much as possible.

The Benefits of Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities can provide a number of services to its senior residents while helping them maintain a safe, clean environment.

These benefits can include:

  • Housing
  • 24 hour/7 day a week supervision
  • Prepared meals
  • Social activities
  • Basic housekeeping
  • Aid with grooming, bathing, or dressing
  • Specific health services
  • Transportation

What is Independent Living? 

Also known as retirement communities or active adult communities, independent living is a term applied to the choice made by seniors to move to a community that is specifically designed for seniors. These communities can be built around apartments or houses and include community amenities, as well as social activities and services. 

The Benefits of Independent Living

Seniors between the ages of 55 to 62 are able to enjoy the independence of living unassisted or with minimal assistance through the help of neighbors. They can stay active and social, two activities that are proven to stave off age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia.

Seniors within these communities can enjoy:

  • Recreational centers
  • Spas
  • Golf Courses
  • Swimming pools
  • Continuing Education
  • Tennis Courts
  • Movie nights

This list varies according to the specific elder community.

If seniors do require some assistance, some communities also provide light housekeeping, daily meals, and laundry services. 

Exercise Caution 

Assisted living facilities and independent living communities are not standardized and will vary in cost, the allowed number of residents, appearance, size, and offered services. It is important to request information and to follow up with unannounced visits when considering a facility to avoid those that are negligible or abusive to their tenants.

If you're thinking about assisted living for someone you know, contact Angelica's Place today for more information.

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