Understanding the Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

Understanding the Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

When many people think of senior living, an assisted living community is the first image that comes to mind. But senior communities also provide comfortable, stimulating social environment for seniors who don’t need help with the activities of daily life (ADLs). These communities are called “independent living” communities.

What’s the difference you might be wondering?

Defining Assisted Living Communities

An assisted living is a community of apartments for seniors who need a little extra help with the activities of daily life. These needs may include:
  • Help with personal hygiene
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Assistance getting around their home
  • Medication reminders
  • A helping hand with meal preparations
Assisted Living Amenities

An assisted living community often provides on-site educational activities, social encounters including games and movie night, and exercise programs.

Often, the community provides transportation for residents to visit local attractions or to go shopping.

Assisted Living Is Not a Nursing Home

It’s important to note that an assisted living community is not a nursing home, and staff is generally not licensed to provide skilled nursing care.

Some assisted living communities, however, have the option to add additional services as needed. Within a Five Star community, you can scale assisted living services up or down as you or your loved one’s needs change.

Defining an Independent Senior Community

An independent living community, sometimes called a retirement village, is a community that only permits seniors as residents. Depending on individual community rules, guests under the minimum age (such as grandchildren) may be limited on the number of days they can come for an overnight visits.

Independent Senior Living Amenities

Independent senior communities typically provide a number of amenities and services for one monthly fee. For instance, electricity, climate control, television, phone and Internet access costs might all be included as part of the rent.
Some independent senior communities, such as those within the Five Star family, provide concierge-level services for residents. This includes housekeeping, laundry, on-site dining, and transportation as part of the monthly fee. An independent senior community is often a simple and cost-effective senior housing solution.

Amenities in Both Types of Communities

The best assisted living and independent communities seek to provide residents with a variety of educational, social, and wellness programs, included as part of the monthly fee.

In an assisted living or independent Five Star Senior Living community, residents can enjoy activities tailored to their interests and ability levels.

Comparing Independent Retirement Communities and Assisted Living

In short, an assisted living community may be the best choice if you or your loved one needs some help with daily activities, but not continuous medical care or supervision.

An independent senior living community provides its residents with social activities and convenient on-site amenities to help them stay active.

Five Star’s Flexible Services Meet Residents’ Needs

Some independent senior communities provide the option of adding assisted living services as needed. Five Star tailors its services to our residents, even as their needs change.

Whether you choose an independent senior community or assisted living, you’ll enjoy a convenient, maintenance-free lifestyle with other seniors like yourself.