When looking at various senior living options for your loved ones, it’s important to understand the level of care provided by each option. While independent living focuses on serving the social needs of the resident, assisted living communities support those who require help with their daily activities. Here are other differences between assisted living vs. independent living.
Cost of Assisted Living vs. Independent Living
Assisted living is usually based on a rental model. The monthly rental fees are inclusive of housekeeping, security, three meals a day, maintenance, scheduled programs, and 24-hour staffing. One to two hours of daily personal care is often included in the monthly fee and if it isn’t, you can opt for it for an additional fee. To list a few, bathing, grooming, medication administration, and dressing are examples of it. Although assisted living is costly, most have Long-Term Care Insurance that covers a percentage of the monthly cost.
On the other hand, for independent living, the cost breakdown is different. Independent living residents in most continuing care retirement communities pay a one-time admission fee, typically 75 to 90 percent refundable when they leave, and a monthly charge to support their housekeeping, maintenance, security, scheduled programs, and some meals.
Medical and Support Care
Most independent living communities do not provide these services since they are designed for our elderly loved ones who do not require considerable support or medical care.
In assisted living communities, the team assists your loved ones with their daily tasks. The team members and a trained nurse are always on call in most assisted living communities for your loved one’s convenience and safety.
For independent living communities, they may be designed with multiple buildings spread across a large campus, with a central gathering area for activities and meals. The living areas have wider space and it’s usually further to travel between buildings either by foot or car.
On the other hand, assisted living communities are more self-contained and have a smaller area. Most of the resident’s needs are met right in the building. Memory programs in assisted living communities are even more thoughtfully designed as there are memory boxes, enhanced lighting, visual cues, and safe indoor and outdoor spaces for residents.
For independent living, family members are encouraged to be involved, however, the majority of the decision relies on the resident. Family members can visit their loved ones and enjoy the various amenities available in the community.
As for assisted living communities, families play a more active role in their loved one’s care, especially for residents with dementia. Family members are regularly informed about their loved one’s progress and are involved in the care plan.
Family support and interaction are important in a resident’s physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Be it an independent or assisted living community, it’s essential that the family feel welcome.
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Whether you’re looking for Assisted Living or Independent Living, we have both senior living options at Morada Cy-Fair! We also have a wide range of resort-style amenities and exclusive senior living programs just for you. To find out more, do contact us today!