Independent living vs. assisted living: What’s the difference?

By July 24, 2019 October 4th, 2019 News, Senior Living

For those considering the idea of a senior living community, it’s great to live in a time when there are so many options. The challenge is determining which option is the best fit for you or your family member. That’s why we always recommend starting with a basic understanding of the terminology. Specifically, what’s the difference between independent living and assisted living? The answer is actually pretty straightforward once you understand the terms.

Independent living:
For those living on their own.
Just as the name implies, independent living means seniors reside in their own private dwellings–often apartment-style homes. Most seniors choose this option to have freedom from the hassles of home maintenance and upkeep, plus the opportunity to participate in a calendar of on-site activities with other active seniors.

Assisted living:
For those needing help each day.
Unlike independent living, residents in assisted living require some help with normal activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and taking medications. Residents typically have a small living space and eat with other residents in a community dining room for each meal. While residents are encouraged to participate in activities, the emphasis is on care.

These definitions provide a good starting point for determining what type of living arrangement is best suited for your specific situation.

Both living options under one roof. Some communities offer several options at one location. For instance, The Carrington at Lincolnwood offers independent living and assisted living–each with an emphasis on helping residents lead a healthy, fulfilling life while remaining as independent as possible. The community also offers memory care, if needed. As a rental community, there’s no entrance buy-in at The Carrington.

Variety of services offered for both levels of living. Senior living communities typically offer a range of services as part of the monthly fee. For instance, at The Carrington, independent living services include maintenance, restaurant-style dining, planned events, social activities, and more. All services are designed to give seniors the freedom to continue their active, independent lifestyle.

As a key element of assisted living services at The Carrington, residents receive help with activities of daily living based on customized levels of care. In addition, the community provides three meals per day, weekly housekeeping, laundering of personal items, and more.

The Carrington recently announced a new partnership with Hansa Medical Groupe offering on-site visits to residents by specialists in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonary, Urology, and Neurology. Plus, residents may utilize the services of Open Arms Solutions–a fully licensed local company whose caregivers provide the highest quality in-home personal care and nursing services.

A focus on maintaining and improving overall wellness. Recognizing the importance of whole-person wellness for overall quality of life, The Carrington offers an innovative campus-wide Encompass Wellness Program. Popular among residents at all levels of living, Encompass combines both physical and emotional aspects of wellness for a healthier, fulfilling life.

To learn more about the possibilities for independent senior living or assisted living at The Carrington, call (847) 744-9469. Potential residents and family members are invited to visit for a no-obligation tour and complimentary lunch.

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