The Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

Posted by Park Central on May 8, 2019 12:32:52 PM
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Not All Communities For The Elderly Offer The Same Services.
Some senior citizens need more assistance in their daily living than others. Not all communities for the elderly are created equal, and it's essential that you look into different options available for yourself, friends, or family.

There are situations where decreased cost in living options is rounded out by a contracted period of residency. While not all senior living communities requiring a contract are something you should avoid, many of them are. You can't truly determine the level of care they bring to the table until a few months in, and there have been communities which try to take advantage of senior adults through underhanded pricing.

In order to narrow things down, you first need to determine whether you're looking for an independent living solution or an assisted living solution. There are options which provide both styles of care, allowing you to expand the services necessary for friends or family members as needs develop.

Ideally, you should look for something which provides monthly packages, as these allow the greatest flexibility and customization potential. Following, a closer examination of that which differentiates independent and assisted living solutions for senior adults will be briefly explored to help give you a better idea of what's available, and what you should be looking for. 

Independent Living

Independent Living communities for seniors are essentially apartment homes with benefits. There are some provisions, but usually not in the day-to-day. 

Different centers will have different levels of care. Fully independent living facilities may just include the occasional check-in. Residents who are fully independent can make their own meals, do their own laundry, and similar independent actions.

Other centers offer the best of both worlds: allowing seniors independence with assistance in tasks. They enjoy all the freedoms they experienced at home while also enjoying other freedoms (like not taking care of the lawn, bills, chores, etc.).

Housekeeping, meal preparation, and other services may be available but are not core to all independent living communities. This can be a key factor in the community you ultimately choose. 

Assisted Living Solutions

Assisted Living is primarily for seniors who live with certain medical conditions. Assistance is something many seniors need, as it helps with tasks like meal preparation, laundry, and taking the right medications in the right amounts at the right times. 

Events, transportation, and activities are available at the best campuses, keeping seniors plugged into a community of peers with whom they can build relationships. When all of these things are available to seniors in their own apartment space, a balance of independence and assistance can be achieved.


What To Look For In A Senior Living Community

Ideally, what you want is an apartment community where varying levels of independence can be enjoyed by residents. For those who need more help, more help should be available. Those who are more independent should be able to keep that independence as long as possible.

When choosing between one facility or another, consider the aging process – as age advances, medical or physical issues usually do as well. When you choose a senior living community that offers independent living and assisted living options, residents can transfer services from one level of care to another level of care as needed, known at Park Central as "continuum of care."


At Park Central, located in Amarillo, Texas, we offer residents the ability to transfer from one level of care to another without charge. Apartment homes, assisted living, memory care, and long-term options are all available, with amenities and services that are sure to leave you or your loved one feeling right at home. We offer peace of mind, comfort, friendship, family, and community. Schedule a tour today! 

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