Assisted or Independent Living?

Posted by Enlivant support center on July 8, 2016

If living alone is no longer safe or comfortable for your aging loved one, you may be considering different senior living options including independent living and assisted living. Learn what the difference is between independent living and assisted living, as well as the advantages of each so that you can make a more informed decision.

Assisted Living 
Assisted living is ideal for seniors who need help with some tasks—such as bathing, meal preparation, and dressing (also known as Activities of Daily Living)—but who do not require constant care. Assisted living communities are not synonymous with “nursing homes.” 

At the heart of an assisted living environment is a thriving and vibrant senior community. Residents have the ability to participate in an array of activities, including social, recreational, and wellness programs, activities and crafts, community outings, and outdoor activities such as gardening. Many of Enlivant’s communities include off-site transportation for shopping, medical appointments and cultural events.

Other assisted living resources include staff members on-hand to help residents with eating, mobility, and medication reminders. Seniors enjoy three meals per day and snacks from a dietitian-supervised menu. 

Independent Living
Independent living is best suited for loved ones who no longer wish to live alone, but would rather reside within a larger community of seniors. Residents within independent living communities enjoy the best of both worlds—they live on their own, but receive assistance with home maintenance and certain household tasks. This includes housekeeping, dining, laundry, and organization of social activities. Social gatherings may include bingo nights, game tournaments, movie nights, church services, trivia nights and wellness lectures. 

Additional independent living resources amenities may include covered parking, a community pool, and a fitness room. 

Learn more about the services and amenities of Assisted Living and Independent Living at Enlivant.