Your parents have worked hard for decades so that they could retire and enjoy a well-deserved life of enjoyment, relaxation, and freedom.
There was probably a point in life when your dad loved tending to his large lawn or your mom thought of cooking as expressions of love for her family and friends. These days, on the other hand, mowing and raking are becoming bigger chores and cooking for one isn’t as rewarding.
This is the perfect time to start exploring senior living options. Two of the most popular options out there are independent living and assisted living.
Here’s a closer look at the differences and similarities between these two senior living options.
What Is Independent Living?
Independent living offers active seniors the benefits of independence without the worry of home maintenance, housekeeping chores, and cooking. Residents enjoy educational, cultural, spiritual, social, and fitness opportunities through the community’s programming.
Services typically provided included making meals, landscaping, housekeeping, social events, transportation, wellness programs, and security services.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a smart option for seniors who need some help with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, bathing, preparing meals, and taking medications. It can also accommodate specific care plans to address poor nutrition or other individualized needs.
Services typically include assistance with getting dressed, eating, bathing, using the restroom, health services and medication management, transportation, wellness programs, social events, and housekeeping.
Which Option Is Right for Your Loved One?
The choice between independent living and assisted living should be determined by the needs — both current and future — of your loved one. Many communities offer both independent and assisted living options. Ideally, you’d find a community where residents are able to adjust their lifestyle based on their changing needs.
If you’re still not sure which option is best, here are a few things to consider:
- What does your loved one’s daily needs look like now?
- What does their doctor think?
- What does your loved one want to do?
If either of you is still unsure, it might be helpful to learn more about what it’s actually like to live in assisted living. Download our eBook What Is Assisted Living Really Like? to learn about the ways assisted living has changed over the years, what a typical day in assisted living looks like today, the staff you’ll usually meet in assisted living facilities, and how assisted living actually feels like home.