Assisted Living Vs. Independent Care

There are many benefits to choosing independent living vs. assisted living. Apart from the average price, seniors get to keep their independence and stay near loved ones.

According to, independent living facilities have become super popular in the last 4-6 years – many offer spacious apartments, lots of amenities, fine dining, a meticulously-maintained facility, heated pools, common areas for family gatherings, and a host of conveniences for purchase (such as a laundry services).

Residents also have access to an emergency call system, access to licensed nurses, and 24-hour security.

Assisted Living includes all of the above, but assumes that you desire some assistance with day-to-day activities (known as ADLs). Daily activities may include assistance showering, dressing, eating, managing medications, etc.

Independent Living Facilities:

  • Private apartments with 24/7 security
  • Scheduled transportation services — whether it’s a doctor visit, religious services, or the theater or local shopping
  • Housekeeping and laundry service
  • Social activity calendar with other residents
  • Kitchenettes in each apartment
  • Restaurant-style fine dining

Assisted Living Facilities (plus the above):

  • Dressing and undressing
  • Bathing and showering
  • Housekeeping and personal laundry
  • Incontinence care
  • Cooking and eating
  • Medication Management

Continuing Care

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) offer the best of both worlds.

A CCRC facility offers to a variety of care needs (including independent & assisted living). Residents at a CCRC know they won’t have to change facilities if their health conditions change.

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