As we age, it’s common to face new challenges that make living on our own more difficult. For many seniors, transitioning to a senior living community can provide the support and resources they need to maintain a high quality of life. It’s important to choose the right type of community based on individual needs and preferences. Two common types of senior living communities are assisted living and independent living. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between the two and how to decide which is right for you or your loved one.
Assisted living vs independent living
Assisted living offers support with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. Residents have their own private apartment with have access to 24-hour assistance from trained employees. Avamere at Moses Lake offers amenities like an in-house restaurant,
Independent living provides housing and amenities for independent seniors who do not require daily assistance. They may be seeking to maintain their current independent lifestyle with the ease of having everyday household management taken care of, such as cooking. Residents have their own private apartment or cottage. They can cook their own meals or enjoy a chef-prepared meal at the community. They can drive themselves for appointments and errands or take advantage of scheduled transportation from the community.
For both living options, Avamere at Moses Lake offers amenities like an in-house restaurant, library, activity program, and more.
How do you decide which type of senior living option is right for you? Here are some factors to consider.
Level of care needed
The main difference between assisted living and independent living is the level of care needed. If you require daily assistance with tasks such as bathing and medication management, assisted living may be the better option for you. If you are still able to manage these tasks on your own but would benefit from the convenience and amenities of a senior living community, independent living may be a better fit.
Cost is an important factor when considering senior living options. Assisted living communities typically cost more than independent living communities, as they offer more services and resources. It’s important to carefully review the costs and amenities of each senior living community you’re touring to determine which is most affordable and offers the services you need.
Socialization and community
Both assisted living and independent living communities offer opportunities for socialization and community. When touring, ask to see a copy of the events and activities calendar. You can also find Avamere at Moses Lake’s calendar online at AvamereAtMosesLake.com.
Location is another important factor to consider when choosing a senior living community. Consider the proximity to family, friends, and amenities you enjoy.
Making the decision
In conclusion, choosing between assisted living and independent living depends on individual needs, preferences, and budget. If you require daily assistance, assisted living may be the better option, while independent living may be more suitable for those who are still able to manage their daily tasks independently. It’s important to carefully review the amenities and costs of each community, as well as consider socialization, location, and other factors that are important to you.
The senior living journey can seem daunting at the start. Our Avamere at Moses Lake team is here to guide you through the journey and be a resource for you. Schedule your visit online or give us a call at 509-762-9115. We look forward to meeting you!