The Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Senior Living

If you or your loved one are considering a move to a senior living community, you might be wondering about the different types of living scenarios, namely, what’s the difference between assisted living and independent senior living?

The simple answer is this: the main difference comes in the level of care required by the resident. Independent senior living allows the resident full independence without the hassles of home ownership, like maintenance and repairs. Assisted living is one step up in terms of care, offering varying degrees of assistance from a dedicated and caring staff.

Let’s take a closer look at how these two living situations differ.

At senior living communities like Canterbury on the Lake, independent senior living isn’t much different than life would be in any friendly neighborhood. Residents enjoy participating in community activities, like golf or serving on the resident council, and many volunteer in various positions right around the corner from their homes.

An independent living setting offers a range of group fitness classes for all skill levels, from gentle stretching to cardio, strength and yoga. Residents also enjoy forming their own swimming and walking clubs. Travel is a big part of life in an active adult community; Canterbury on the Lake community members travel together all over the United States and to destinations abroad each year.

Finally, an independent living facility offers all of the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, washer and dryer and Wi-Fi, plus a few perks, like bi-weekly housekeeping and a 24-hour emergency alert system. It’s all the things residents love about having their own home, without the overwhelming upkeep.

Assisted living is the next step up from independent living in terms of available care. It’s designed to offer residents the highest level of independence possible while still meeting their individual care needs. Residents have access to a restaurant-style dining room, community lounges and a full schedule of activities like fitness, music, crafts and gardening.

A weekly housekeeping service helps assisted living residents keep up with chores, while a weekly laundry service and linen change takes care of some of the more tedious tasks around the house.

Assisted living residents have a personal care team available 24 hours a day along with a round-the-clock wireless alert system in case of emergency. Families enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their loved one is safe and comfortable at all times in an assisted living scenario.

The common trait shared by both assisted living and independent living styles is their attention to the residents’ needs. The beauty of a community like Canterbury on the Lake is that a resident can easily transition from one program to the other as their need for care grows, without losing their sense of community or the many friendships and activities that make life sweet.