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Independent vs. Assisted Living: What Do I Need To Know?
If you’ve been thinking about downsizing or even transitioning to a new living situation, you’re likely doing a lot of research to discover possibilities and help guide your decision. As someone over the age of 55, those options may include an independent living community or an assisted living arrangement. To some, these options appear to be one in the same, but while each situation is designed to simplify your life, there are a few varying features. Below, we’ve highlighted the differences that separate these two senior living options.
What is Independent Living?
As the name implies, independent living is for seniors who want to continue to live an independent lifestyle. You’ll find residence options like apartments, duplexes, town homes and condos, all in a variety of sizes and floor plans. This type of environment is designed to make life more comfortable and convenient. For example, most offer housekeeping, laundry service, dining plans, and transportation. Imagine the feeling of not having to dust, vacuum, or even mow the yard again!
When it comes to activities, amenities can include fitness centers, multiple on-site dining options, beauty parlors and barber shops, banking, art studios, movie theaters, game rooms, and other entertainment spaces that give you social opportunities to make new friends. Above all, you get the freedom to enjoy the retirement of your dreams.
What is Assisted Living?
Many assisted living facilities have the same features as independent living communities, such as meal preparation, laundry services, housekeeping, and transportation. There can also be planned social activities and opportunities for exercise and special outings. And there’s typically trained staff on site at all times to help with all of the above.
With regard to your living space, assisted living offers an apartment-style setting with access to assistance, as needed. One of the most significant differences is assisted living is designed for those who have special needs and cannot live alone safely. It offers an environment where seniors can receive support for daily activities such as bathing, dressing, medication administration, and mobility.
Assisted living communities tend to have one or more full-time medical personnel, such as certified nursing assistants, who are trained in meeting the needs of older adults. This staff isn’t typically available around the clock like a traditional nursing home, though.
What About a Resort Lifestyle?
You may be wondering where Resort Lifestyle Communities fits into your decision-making process. RLC’s resort lifestyle is a customized experience that meets your individual needs, goals, and interests. They take the best of everything to provide an independent, simple, all-inclusive lifestyle, all for one monthly price with no buy-in fee or long-term leases. They offer all of the luxuries you’d expect: beautiful accommodations, resort-style dining, around-the-clock concierge services, housekeeping, fitness center, travel program, and much more. RLC communities are also a pet-friendly, which allows your furry family members to move with you with no extra fees!
And should the need arise, RLC communities also offer the option of home health assistance to enable you to stay in your home and near your friends for as long as possible. At an RLC community, you have the varying levels of support you’ll need for the multiple stages in your adult life.