For those considering senior living options, the thought of moving into a senior living community can be pretty daunting. Many of us will fret about the emotional and physical aspect of moving into a new space. We may also worry about having to relinquish our freedom and independence. On the other hand, although staying in our own home may bring us comfort, familiarity and give us a sense of freedom, it can also feel isolating. We will also be required to take on the responsibilities of homeownership and this can feel like a heavy burden on certain days. If you’re sitting on the fence regarding senior living, let us help you out.
Times have changed, and so have our senior living communities! What many people don’t realize about senior living communities is that they actually allow you to benefit from a newfound freedom. Different senior living options offer amenities and services that remove the burden of homeownership and provide you with ample socialization opportunities. You’ll also get to stay in your own place where you’ll enjoy plenty of freedom and privacy.
The big question is, which senior living option should you go for? If you are confused by the difference between an independent living community and an assisted living community, fret not! We’re here to help you understand these senior living terms.
What Is Independent Living?
Independent living communities are designed for self-sufficient residents who are able to live independently without assistance with daily living activities, and wish to live amongst individuals their age. Such communities also provide in-house services and amenities that aim to bring ease of accessibility and convenience to their residents.
Examples of services include:
- Full calendar of socio-cultural activities
- Complimentary scheduled transportation
- Emergency response system
- Regular house maintenance
- Essential services like meals, laundry and housekeeping
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities are functionally designed for seniors who require a specific level of medical care, and assistance with activities of daily living. Services and amenities are geared towards providing assistance to the residents, and enriching their everyday lives.
Assisted living communities provide:
- Assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and medication management
- Laundry and cleaning services
- Day trips and transportation to local stores and entertainment
- Round-the-clock medical care
- Apartments situated closer to in-house medical facilities and Sensations restaurant
Independent Living Vs. Assisted Living: Which Is Right for You?
Assisted living communities may be best suited for seniors who:
- Require minor nursing assistance but do not need 24/7 medical care
- Are looking to participate in senior social activities and socialize with others
- Requires assistance with activities of daily living
- Are currently in good health but understand that they need assistance with everyday activities
- Prefer an active lifestyle but do not have ease of access to transportation services
On the other hand, independent living communities may be the right choice for seniors who:
- Possess the mental and physical capability to live independently
- Prefers maintenance-free living without having to worry about lawn care or house repairs
- Are looking for opportunities to socialize with other people
- Enjoy a communal and lively atmosphere
- Have easy access to activities and services catered for seniors
Senior Living Programs at Discovery Village At Sugarloaf
If you or your loved ones have made the decision to move into a senior living community, we warmly invite you to tour our grounds and learn more about our programs. We know you’ll be delighted with our resort-style community, services, amenities, and our calendar of events! Our staff members will also evaluate the level of care you require, and design the most suitable care plan for you. To find out more about our senior living programs, contact Discovery Village at Sugarloaf and schedule a tour today.