It can be challenging to find a new living arrangement for yourself if you are aging, especially if you are not familiar with the senior living options available. To find the best fit, you have to know what types of housing and care are available and what are the differences between them. Eldercare comes on a spectrum, and independent living is considered the least restrictive option. One step above is the assisted living option. Assisted living is also minimally restrictive, but this residential setting gives you assistive services and support. Read on to learn more about whether independent or assisted living is better for you!
The independent living category consists of a wide range of housing arrangements, from housing co-ops to apartment-style communities. Generally, residents live in a private dwelling space and can spend time in common areas where they can gather and interact with others in the community. This option is intended for older adults who can still live independently, so the amenities and features in the individual dwelling areas are similar to those in an apartment or small home.
Assisted living is usually apartment-style. Assisted living communities can also come with memory care for seniors with memory-related issues. These will often feature greater security measures. The communities will offer various floorplans, including one-bedroom apartments and studios.
Amenities And Services
Independent living communities strive to make their residents’ day-to-day lives easier to enable them to live on their own. The services there are aimed at minimizing the daily responsibilities of older adults. Landscaping, on-site dining facilities, laundry and housekeeping services, security surveillance, and many organized activities and events are the common offerings in such settings.
Meanwhile, assisted living caters to aging adults who need help with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. At least one healthcare professional will be on call 24 hours a day in these communities.
Both independent living and assisted living communities will come with recreation schedules for their residents. Common activities include field trips, game nights, support groups, exercise classes, holiday celebrations, and continuing education courses. They also provide transportation services for residents to the grocery store and medical appointments.
Rent and utilities represent the main costs for independent living residents. Many communities offer all-inclusive pricing to make it easier for residents to manage their bills and stay involved in the community. Similar to independent living communities, assisted living communities often use a base rate system that includes utilities, rent, and basic services, such as housekeeping and meals. Additional services will come with extra costs.
Experience Senior Living At Rittenhouse Village Gahanna
Here at Rittenhouse Village Gahanna, we have designed an amazing retirement community like no other. The combination of senior lifestyle programs, amenities, and personalized service makes for a unique experience for all our residents. We offer comfortable apartment homes and living suites in a warm and welcoming setting. This is the place for you if you want a carefree lifestyle to enjoy more time for fun and leisure. Come join us today! Feel free to contact us for more information.