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Navigating the Differences Between Independent & Assisted Senior Living

Posted by Community Senior Life on Oct 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Differences between independent and assisted living

Senior living is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. We each have our own set of preferences and care needs. The good news is that the world of senior living has changed over the years. Today’s different lifestyle options create the opportunity for individuals to get the care and support they need to lead their desired lifestyle.

Community Senior Life (CSL) has independent and assisted senior living communities throughout Alabama. We want to help you understand the differences between these two senior living lifestyle options so you can make the right choice for yourself or someone you love.

Independent Living

Like living in a private residence, individuals living in independent living communities enjoy their privacy and can come and go as they please. Independent living communities create a maintenance-free lifestyle, and individuals have access to additional life-enrichment activities and amenities within the community.

Independent living is a great option for individuals who want to lead an active, worry-free lifestyle within a community setting.

Benefits of Independent Living Communities

Maintenance-Free Living

Who wants to spend their time doing housework and chores? Maintaining a home is a lot of work, and when you live in a private residence, this is the reality. Doing all the cooking, cleaning, lawn maintenance, and handling additional issues that come up can tie up a lot of your time and prevent you from pursuing your hobbies and interests. Independent living communities take care of all of these chores for you, giving you the opportunity to spend your time doing exactly what you want to do. 

Socialization Opportunities

Whether we claim to be introverted or extroverted, the fact is that socialization and connecting with others is a big part of leading a healthy lifestyle. However, as we age, maintaining connections can become more difficult due to changes in mobility or even access to reliable transportation.

When you live in an independent living community, countless opportunities for socialization are at your door.

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Independent Living with Community Senior Life

Independent living communities can help individuals maintain their independence longer. Residents of our CSL communities can participate and enjoy the activities they love without worrying about maintaining a home.

For many, the benefits of peace of mind, an active lifestyle, and easily accessible services result in freedom from worry and enhanced independence. Community Senior Life provides an exciting opportunity to craft and mold the retirement our residents crave and deserve.

Features and amenities offered within our independent living communities include:

  • Activity and social planning,
  • Housekeeping services,
  • Emergency call systems,
  • Utilities,
  • Cable,
  • Internet access,
  • Pet-friendly,
  • Meal plan options,
  • Courtesy transportation,
  • Negotiable lease terms,
  • And priority waiting list for assisted living services

Assisted Senior Living

Assisted living is designed for individuals who want to maintain their independence safely but need additional care and support with activities of daily living.

Benefits of Assisted Living

Personalized Care

No two people are the same, so it would make sense that no care needs are the same. Like those provided at CSL communities, assisted living services aim to cater to each person’s needs and goals. This allows individuals to receive the right care for them and achieve their optimal level of health and wellness.

Encouraging Independence

Wanting to maintain independence is normal, and a great benefit to assisted senior living is that it is encouraged whenever possible. Residents receive the care and support they need but are encouraged to maintain their independence in the areas they can.

Assisted Living with Community Senior Life

Each of our assisted living communities provides an atmosphere akin to home, offering engaging activities and personalized services tailored to meet the needs of every resident. We believe that healing happens when an individual feels comfortable and at home. This is why our goal of comfort is so important to us. 

At Community Senior Life, we strive to do everything we can to ensure residents in our assisted living communities receive the personalized attention and care that makes them feel welcome and part of our family.

Nowadays, there are a lot of senior living options to choose from, making it difficult to know what type of care is right for yourself or a loved one. Many individuals move into an independent living community but find they need additional support sooner than they expected. With Community Senior Life, individuals in our independent living communities are put on our high-priority assisted living waiting list - making the continuum of care easier and more convenient. 

Our communities offer a variety of care options within a welcoming, home-like environment that helps individuals create their desired lifestyle. To learn more about what we have to offer, please contact a member of our team or visit our website.

 

Topics: Independent Living, Assisted Living