Menu Close
buckner retirement services question icon


Contact us today to learn more about Calder Woods

Differences Between Assisted Living and an Independent Living Facility

a group of seniors plays cards while a nurse checks in during their discussion about assisted living vs. independent living

There are many options for senior living, but you may not know how to tell the difference between assisted living vs. independent living communities. Certain features of each type of community will impact which one may be most suitable for you or a senior in your life.

Calder Woods is here to answer any questions you have about senior assisted living and independent living communities, as well as our other senior living options like memory care, long-term skilled nursing care, and respite care. We can accommodate you with our full continuum of care regardless of which level of care you or a loved one needs. Reach out to us today at 409.407.7636 for assistance choosing between assisted living vs. independent living for you or a loved one.

What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living?

You may have heard many different terms used to describe senior living communities. Although some are used interchangeably, they may not necessarily offer the same level of senior care.

An independent living community is the senior living option that provides the most privacy and independence. It allows seniors to live among their peers and enjoy various amenities such as a clubhouse and fitness center.

The main difference you will find in assisted living is help with activities of daily living (ADLs). Staff is available to help with dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating.

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: Services

Although the services and amenities offered at assisted and independent living communities are similar, you will find a longer list of services at an assisted living facility to provide residents with the additional care they need.

Independent Living

Independent living communities usually offer:

  • Private apartments or houses
  • Fitness centers
  • Dining room
  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Activities

The main purpose of independent living communities is to provide a safe, hassle-free place for seniors to enjoy retirement on their own terms. Unless help is needed, staff generally let residents choose how they go about their day while providing amenities that make life convenient.

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities offer many of the same services as independent living but with additional, involved services to help seniors go about their daily lives.

  • Private or shared apartments
  • Dining room
  • Transportation
  • Medication management
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Activities
  • Daily help with tasks like eating, dressing, and bathing

Since residents in an assisted living community need additional help getting around and taking care of themselves, staff often play a more significant role.

The Cost Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living Communities

Since assisted living communities provide a higher level of care, the average cost will be higher than that of independent living communities. The cost will also vary depending on the location of the community.

Taking steps to prepare financially for retirement at any level of care can help make the process easier. Also, finding a life care community can provide peace of mind. While the up-front cost may be more, the services you receive will change with your needs over time without having to move. Life care communities provide a range of services, from independent living to 24/7 skilled nursing care.

Assisted Living vs. Independent Living Communities: Which Is Right for You?

If you are still unsure whether independent living or assisted living is the right fit, here are a few things to consider when choosing a senior living community:

  • If you do not need daily assistance and prefer to live independently, an independent living facility may be your best option.
  • If you need help every day with things like getting dressed or preparing meals, assisted living would be more appropriate.
  • If you enjoy freedom and flexibility in your life but would like to live in a community of your peers, independent living could provide the ideal balance.
  • If you need assistance managing medication or frequent doctor visits, assisted living may be a better fit.

Browsing senior living community websites, taking tours, and speaking with the staff and residents can help you determine which community is best for your needs. Each community offers different amenities and services, so you should always schedule a consultation to discuss your needs.

Call Calder Woods for Premier Senior Living

Having the care you need as your needs change over time is important. Even if independent living is the right choice for you now, the safety net of a skilled team of senior care providers in your community can reduce stress. Find a community that will provide the care you need and the amenities you enjoy at a price you can afford.

When you choose Calder Woods, you will have access to a full continuum of care throughout your senior years. Whether you need assisted living, independent living, or a higher level of care, we have programs to suit you. Contact us today at 409.407.7636 to tour our upscale Texas senior living community.