The Difference Between Assisted Living & Independent Living

When exploring senior living options, it’s important to understand the difference between independent living and assisted living communities. While they are very similar in many ways and often share a campus, there is a distinct difference.

Independent living is just that - a senior living community with independent residents living full, active lives. In order to fully enjoy their golden years, many seniors relish the opportunity to have an active lifestyle free of responsibilities like lawn maintenance and household chores.

Assisted living includes residents who occasionally need help with Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs. At a certain point, things like bathing, dressing, eating, or medication management may become too challenging to face alone. Assisted living provides a helping hand when needed without sacrificing privacy, dignity, or enjoying life to the fullest.

Different facilities may provide varying levels of care within each community, so be sure to ask plenty of questions when you take a tour. Inquire about security, medical care, transportation, and activities available to residents, as well as anything pertaining to the specific needs of your loved one.

To learn more about independent living vs assisted living or memory care services, visit us online or call Canterbury On The Lake to schedule a tour.