Assisted Living Vs. Independent Living

There are a lot of benefits to 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 communities have seen a surge in popularity – 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 also 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
  • Housekeeping and laundry service
  • Scheduled transportation services — whether it’s a doctor visit, religious services, or the theater or local shopping
  • Social calendar with other residents
  • Kitchenettes in each apartment
  • Restaurant-style fine dining

Assisted Living Facilities (plus the above):

  • Dressing and undressing
  • Bathing and showering
  • Incontinence care
  • Mealtime escort
  • Housekeeping and personal laundry
  • Medication Management

Continuing Care

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

A CCRC facility caters 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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