What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living?


Posted on: March 23rd, 2020 by | No Comments

For those that have never undergone the process of researching different retirement communities, either for themselves or for their parents, it can be easy to get lost in all the different terms floating around there. Most people just lump them all under the umbrella of “nursing home,” but the truth is that many retirement communities, including NewAldaya Lifescapes, aren’t technically nursing homes.

However, NewAldaya Lifescapes and many other retirement communities do offer different kinds of services and care depending on an individual’s needs, which is why there are options available in both assisted living and independent living facilities. But what’s the difference between the two, and how do you know which is the best option? It’s easier than you may think, especially when you understand how each type of senior living works.

Assisted Living

Both assisted and independent living allows residents to take part in an independent lifestyle, but the biggest difference is that those who go into assisted living typically need more help with routine, daily activities around the home. This might mean cleaning, preparing meals, doing laundry, or getting help with transportation. In essence, it allows senior residents to enjoy as much individuality as they can reasonably undertake, and in areas where they need some help, help is never far away.

Additional care services, such as medication management or help with taking a shower, also are available.

Independent Living

Those who opt for an independent living do not need the same level of daily assistance as those in assisted living. So why not just get an apartment somewhere instead? The biggest reason is that independent living communities provide access to assistance when assistance is necessary. Perhaps it’s no longer safe or enjoyable to live at home alone anymore; independent living gives residents access to a more readily available social life, group meals, and certain tasks that may become harder for some people as they settle into their golden years, like laundry and housekeeping.

Which One is Right for You?

Determining which option is best for you or your loved one should come on the tail end of some very open, honest conversations about what may be needed to live a happy, healthy life. Retirement communities like NewAldaya Lifescapes make life comfortable and enjoyable for seniors regardless of what type of services they need. Choosing those services, however, requires an honest assessment of those needs.

If you are interested in touring our facility or meeting with a professional to get a better sense of what these options look like in practice, simply give us a call to set up an appointment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and hopefully give you a better sense of whether assisted living or independent living is the best option for you or your parent(s).

At the end of the day, it’s important for our residents to feel comfortable, and we will do everything we can to ensure that happens, no matter how much (or how little) assistance our residents ask of us as they adjust to the next chapters in their lives.