If you or your loved one is starting to need more help with your everyday activities, it might be time to consider senior care. However, this can be an overwhelming decision given the large range of different senior living options.
Two of the most common options that individuals consider is independent senior living and senior assisted living. The amount of assistance and restrictions on residences exists on a spectrum with regards to senior care. Independent living would be considered the least intrusive, with minimal restrictions and assistance. Assisted living would be the next step on the sscale, offering more comprehensive assistive support and services.
There are many overlaps between the two but also enough differences that they will cater to different groups of people. Here’s more information on the similarities and differences for you to make your decision.
Amenities and Care Services
There is a very fine line of difference between the care services provided by independent living and assisted living communities. The main identifying feature is that with independent living, the care provided is more hands-off and more geared towards easing household chores and maintenance. For assisted living, it is more for older adults who do need extra assistance with daily living activities like taking medications, bathing, and getting dressed.
However, both options will generally have similar amenities, and In some cases, residents can share the same on-site offerings. These can include senior-centric recreational activities, transportation services, gyms, and hospitality services.
Independent living will have a larger range of options with regards to housing arrangements. You can choose between housing co-ops to apartment-style homes. Generally, residents will have their own private living spaces and then additional access to common areas where you can spend time with other residents. The apartments will generally feature the same appliances and features as those in a small home.
Assisted living will largely feature apartment-style spaces which may or may not be equipped with kitchens. If elements of memory care are also included, there may be increased security measures to alleviate safety concerns.
Costs Of Assisted and Independent Living
For both, there is generally a base rate that is inclusive of rent, basic services, and utilities. However, the amount of care required will affect the cost of a placement with the community, which is why assisted living options will tend to cost more due to the hands-on care..
Enjoy the Best of Senior Living with Veranda Club
Here at Veranda Club, all our senior living options are designed to best give our residents an life filled with joy and purpose. This means that you or your loved ones can be sure that you will be treated with dignity and given opportunities to pursue activities and interests that add value to your life.
If you are still feeling confused on whether assisted living or independent living is more suitable for you, contact our senior living coordinators today! All you need to do is drop a message on our online form or call us at 561.332.4698. Not only will our team be able to help with choosing an appropriate living option for your needs, but you can even schedule a tour to view our amazing grounds and amenities.