The dizzying array of senior living options can be overwhelming. For seniors in reasonably good health, the distinction between assisted and independent living can be especially puzzling. Both options tend to emphasize independence, active living, and a sense of community. In both assisted and independent living, seniors typically have their own apartments or condos. Yet there are some key distinctions between the two models of senior living. Here’s what you need to know—and how to choose.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean that your parent can no longer drive. Senior driving allows seniors to maintain their independence, cultivate an active lifestyle, and sustain relationships with loved ones. Senior driving can also pose a serious danger when vision worsens, thinking isn’t what it used to be, and reflexes become slower.
Would you be surprised to learn that most people who live in assisted living communities are in excellent, very good, or good health? Or that one review found that a fifth of assisted living residents were younger than 74?
When you begin to research senior living options, you will quickly realize that there is a jargon within the industry. Instead of getting confused or overwhelmed while navigating the world of phrases like “community engagement,” “quality of life,” “preventative health measures,” and “residents,” let us help clear up any anxiety you may have about the fundamental differences between assisted living and independent living.
After years of living in a beloved home, making the decision to downsize can be emotionally difficult to say the least, but once a senior is ready to relocate, there’s yet one other crucial choice to make—namely, where to go. Although there are various housing options, two of the most popular ones for older adults are independent living and assisted living communities.
So what are the difference and how can you understand them?