Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: What’s the Difference?July 31, 2018
Moving into a senior community is exciting! We make new friends, find new hobbies, and discover a new sense of home. However, making the decision to move into a senior living community is a process. We’re here to help make that process easier.
Options, Options, and More Options!
At one point in history, senior living options were more limited. We imagined nursing home-type accommodations, suited for seniors who needed around-the-clock medical care. Nowadays, however, we have lots of different options to choose from, many of which are great fits for even the most healthy, independent, and active seniors. Sometimes, the hardest part is knowing which option is best for you!
Communities, Not Hospitals
At Blue Harbor Senior Living, our communities are designed to help seniors who want to live amidst a group of like-minded peers. Some of our levels of care do offer more monitoring than others, but unlike hospice programs or nursing homes, our communities aren’t designed for seniors who need around-the-clock medical care.
Our senior living options include independent living, senior apartments, assisted living / personal care, memory care, and short stays. Some of our most popular options include independent living and assisted living. What’s the difference between those two common types of care?
Independent Living: In a Nutshell
Independent living is similar to living on a cruise ship that never leaves port, designed for seniors who can still live on their own but want to enjoy life to the fullest. Seniors enjoy their own apartment and an independent lifestyle. We do the cooking and cleaning, while residents do the socializing and relaxing! From happy hours to book clubs to group outings, independent living seniors enjoy a variety of activities and a community of like-minded people who they can call friends.
Assisted Living: In a Nutshell
Assisted living (or personal care) is the best fit for seniors who need extra help with day-to-day tasks, such as medication management, cooking, and self-organization. Some assisted living residents may also need assistance with grooming or dressing.
Many assisted living residents are able to live on their own, but would benefit from extra company and a helping hand. Unlike in independent living, some assisted living residents, however, can no longer live on their own. They need more help with day-to-day tasks and are at greater risk for falls, forgetfulness, and senior isolation. Assisted living residents don’t need around-the-clock care or monitoring, but may benefit from the extra support of nurses and senior care specialists.
Exploring Your Options
Want to talk more to see if our senior living options are the right fit for you? Explore our many different communities and reach out to our team to schedule a tour. Be sure to explore which communities offer assisted living and which offer independent living. Be sure to follow us on social media to get a look into our amazing activities and updates!
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