Assisted Living vs. Independent Living

By Ruby Cemental

With today's seniors remaining more active and involved in their communities, it can be difficult to convince them to choose options for long-term care that may limit their independence. Unfortunately, there comes a time when seniors simply need an extra level of care. Before jumping in and choosing between assisted living and independent living options, it's important to make sure they're safe for your senior.

Options such as assisted living and independent living communities are transitional care options that allow your loved one to more gradually make the transition to full-time care.

Assisted Living

Assisted living services provide support for seniors who need help with the daily activities of life. This care isn't available all the time, but it provides an extra layer of support for seniors who need help getting dressed, maintaining their homes, or taking care of cooking and other daily tasks.

Typically, assisted living facilities are intended for individuals who don't need the level of care provided in a nursing home. If your loved one needs round-the-clock care or is in need of regular medical assistance, an assisted living facility might not be the best option for them.

Independent Living

Independent living communities are designed for seniors who no longer have the means or desire to care for a large family home but who don't require extensive care in order to make their daily lives possible. Independent living communities are also an excellent option for seniors who are newly widowed and struggle with the possibility that they could fall or become ill and no one would know. These are not, however, an appropriate place for seniors who are starting to require higher levels of care.

Deciding whether your loved one is ready for an assisted living facility or independent living center can be a difficult choice. Keep in mind the level of care that your loved one needs as well as their future care needs. 

If you are having difficulty deciding, know that you have options. Hiring a professional caregiver can help your senior get the care they need in the comfort of their own home. Additionally, our caregivers can assist in assisted living and independent living communities. Contact your local Caring Senior Service for more information!

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