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Is Assisted Living or Independent Living a Good Choice for You?

Independent living and assisted living are both terms that come up frequently when researching senior living communities. While the two share many similarities, their differences are even more important to note when deciding on the best option for you or your loved one’s retirement years. In this article, we’ll highlight both senior living options to help you better understand which option is a better fit for your lifestyle.

What are Independent Living and Assisted Living?

Independent living offers much the same experience you would have living in your own home, but with a greater focus on community, engagement and access to amenities. Assisted living communities offer a greater level of assistance to those who may need it. Additional health services are available to those who choose this living type, with the goal of allowing seniors to maintain independence for as long as possible.

How are Independent Living and Assisted Living Similar?

At The Stayton, residents of both independent living and assisted living have access  to premier amenities like quality dining venues, senior wellness programs and community activities. With its culturally rich surrounding neighborhoods, our local community welcomes residents to spend their retirement years leading an enriching and fulfilling life here.

Both independent living and assisted living communities have access to 24/7 licensed and emergency care. Residents also enjoy chef-prepared meals each day, fully furnished private suites and numerous activities and events to choose from each week.

How are Independent Living and Assisted Living Different?

Independent living and assisted living vary in several key ways:

  • Care requirements. Assisted living services allow residents to get the added care they need through personalized attention. Care plans can include medication management, help with daily grooming or anything else a resident needs to live life to the fullest.
  • Specialized services. Residents in The Stayton’s assisted living communities have access to specialized care for their unique needs. Seniors requiring added assistance will have access to trained staff who deliver exceptional assistance. 
  • Cost. Although assisted living and independent living communities offer predictable costs, assisted living communities are typically a higher cost than independent living communities. Contact us for more specific information based on you or your loved one’s needs.

What Level of Care Best for Me?

We hope these guidelines provide a better understanding of the similarities and differences between independent living and assisted living communities. With that in mind, here are some general recommendations about who might benefit from each of these senior living community options.

When to Choose an Independent Living Community

Independent living is the ideal lifestyle option for self-sufficient seniors who are looking for a renewed sense of community. Independent seniors live as they would at home, but among peers in a similar stage of life. They also have greater access to conveniences and resources they wouldn’t otherwise have if they were staying at home.

When to Choose an Assisted Living Community

Assisted living communities are a great option for those who require additional assistance with everyday life, such as bathing, earring and personal grooming. Whether the helpful care needed is minor or more involved, The Stayton can create a customized plan for each individual to ensure care needs are met while allowing residents to retain their independence as much as possible. Residents can lead fulfilling lives, and their families can take comfort in knowing their loved ones are being cared for by professionals.

Explore Senior Living Options at The Stayton

If you’d like to see the differences between assisted living and independent living for yourself, schedule a tour to visit our welcoming community in Fort Worth, Texas. We can also answer any questions you may have about our care options, community amenities or senior living, in general. Contact us for more information.