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You’re ready for the next exciting chapter in your life: a new place to call home! But you might be asking yourself, “what should I be looking for, and what are the differences that make one place better for my lifestyle over another?” Let’s take a look and find the right place for you.

Not just “Senior Apartments”

Without fail, the comment we hear more than any other is, “I should have done this sooner!” Community living enables you to spend your time enjoying friends, family, interests and your own personal living space without the stress of maintenance and upkeep. Let someone else take care of the groceries, cooking, upkeep — even the driving! The independence and freedom to go out there and make every moment matter can truly be a transformative and life-affirming experience.

Because everyone has their own unique needs and wants, there is no “one-size-fits-all” plan. However, most who move to a retirement community choose one of two lifestyles: independent living or assisted living.

Both offer an array of amenities, services and social opportunities. There are also some fundamental differences between assisted and independent living, each featuring unique services and resources. Let’s take a closer look at them.

What Is Independent Living?

If you’re looking to simplify life by letting others handle the mundane day-to-day tasks, independent living services may be the perfect fit. You’ll enjoy access to a variety of activities, including clubs, group outings, games, live entertainment, parties, fitness programs and many other fun pastimes.

Residents of independent living communities typically require little or no assistance with personal care. However, many independent living residents opt to hire outside helpers to lend a hand on certain tasks, like laundry, errands or walking the dog. Whatever you need, our flexible lifestyle options make it possible!  

What Is Assisted Living?

Need some extra help in day-to-day life, but still wish to keep a full social calendar and pursue all your interests? Assisted living could be just right. You’ll enjoy the freedom to do the things you love, but also have that added level of support from a dedicated care team.

While assisted living residents may have physical health concerns, cognitive issues, or problems with mobility, they do not need round-the-clock medical care.

The Key Differences: Care and Cost

Assisted living offers access to the same fun amenities and helpful services as an independent lifestyle. However, the biggest difference lies in the level of care involved.

People in assisted living pay a higher amount each month, earning them the full range of support from onsite staff members. They can also pay extra for access to an onsite physician, allowing them to skip visits to outside doctors.

Since seniors in independent living programs do not typically require additional assistance, their monthly costs are generally much lower than those of assisted living residents.

But as mentioned earlier, some independent residents may hire an outside caregiver for help with certain tasks. For example, if they have difficulty getting in or out of the bath, but can manage their own medicines and feed themselves, it wouldn’t make sense to pay for a full assisted living program. Instead, seniors can save by paying only for the individual services they need. At Holiday, you’re free to choose your own independent medical and care providers.

Independent Living vs Assisted Living Defining the Differences

Senior Living Near Me

If you’re ready to begin looking for independent senior housing, apartments, or senior lifestyle communities, we have the perfect home waiting for you most anywhere in the United States. Our handy retirement community search tool can help you find the perfect location. Each listing provides in-depth details about available services and amenities, as well as nearby activities, parks, stores, restaurants, and much more. We look forward to helping you find your new home!

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