differences between assisted living and independent living

Assisted Living vs. Independent Living. Whats the Difference?

If you are contemplating the choice between independent living and assisted living either for yourself or a loved one, the right decision typically depends on how well an individual can manage his or her daily activities without assistance. Some common examples of daily activities include: maintaining personal hygiene, daily meal preparation, household chores, managing personal finances, and driving/transportation.

Let’s take a brief look at both, assisted and independent living to establish the differences.

Assisted Living

If you, your parent, grandparent or an older relative is having difficulty managing activities independently, then you might want to consider an ‘assisted’ living community. All residents receive regular support for performing daily, which can range from cleaning to cooking and laundry. Seniors can also have someone take care of their utilities, food, and commuting needs.  

Residents benefit from a full calendar of events, which include opportunities for networking and socializing. There are a few additional care services such as medication management and bathroom assistance to make assisted living a more comfortable experience.

Independent Living

Contrary to assisted living, independent living presents a perfect solution for individuals who are capable of living independently but may require access to assistance at some point. This implies that independent living communities offer individuals independent and easy access to entertainment, medical care, dining services and other hospitality services. Seniors not only dwell in a safe living environment, they also benefit from services such as laundry and housekeeping. However, all services may not be included in the monthly rental and you may need to pay for some services separately.

Bottom Line

While the purpose of both independent living and assisted living is the same, each of these options provides varying levels of extra care. It’s really about preference and need, depending upon what is feasible for an individual. The best thing to do is to speak with staff members and residents of a community and assess the needs of your aging friends or family members. This will help you to make the right decision.

If you’d like to learn more about assisted living and independent living at The Edwinola, contact our team of caring, expert professionals. You can even arrange a private tour for yourself of a family member to determine if it’s a right fit. We look forward to meeting you!