Independent Living vs. Assisted Living
As our loved ones age and enter their golden years, one subject becomes increasingly important – their housing situation. There are many housing options for older adults, but two of the main paths families choose are independent living and assisted living. It is essential to know the difference between the two so you and your family make the best decision for your aging loved one.
This discussion may be difficult, but it is imperative to our loved ones’ health, well-being, and safety. If you have any questions about independent or assisted living, or any related subject, contact us and one of our Healthcare Coaches would love to walk you through it.
Below, I explain the difference between independent and assisted living, and list the pros and cons of each.
Independent living is for those folks who want the freedom of living on their own, but who want the benefits of living in a community with services and amenities. Independent living is a lifestyle choice. One where you are free, and expected, to make your own decision.
There are many different housing options– anywhere from 55+ senior communities to full-service retirement communities. Typically you have your own living space like a small home or apartment. Amenities and services can range anywhere from transportation, dining options, housekeeping services, 24-hour non-medical staffing, social events, wellness programs, pools, putting greens, etc.
– Living completely independent
– Having resources available, if and when you may need them
– It can be very stressful and emotional leaving a home you may have lived in for many years
– Lack of medical care at your side
Assisted living is housing for the older generation that comes with medical assistance, nurses, meal prep, maintenance, etc. It gives you that additional support and service designed to promote quality of life and an independent lifestyle via assistance with daily activities.
Assisted living services can be offered in a variety of settings including freestanding communities, IL settings, as well as part of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). There are different levels of assisted living which vary from state to state ranging from minimal assistance to memory care.
– Allows you to stay in an independent home-like environment for as long as possible with care being available
– Along with care, meals and transportation are also provided
– Assisted living can be very expensive
– Adjusting to a more restrictive lifestyle can be difficult, especially when no cognitive issues are present
By Gayle Messmann, RCAL
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