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Differences Between Assisted Living and an Independent Living Facility

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

Buckner Calder Woods is here to answer any questions you have about assisted and independent living facilities as well as our other senior living options like memory care, long-term skilled nursing care, and respite care. Buckner 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 844.536.0569 for assistance choosing between assisted living vs. independent living facilities.

What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living Facilities?

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

What Are Assisted Living vs. Independent Living Facilities?

An independent living facility 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 at an assisted living facility is assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Staff is available at these facilities to help with dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating.

What Do Independent Living and Assisted Living Facilities Include?

Independent living facilities usually offer:

  • Private apartments or houses
  • Fitness centers
  • Dining room
  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Activities
  • Assisted living facilities have similar amenities:
  • Private or shared apartments
  • Dining room
  • Transportation
  • Medication management
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Activities
  • Daily help with tasks like eating, dressing, and bathing

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

The Cost Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living Facilities

Since assisted living facilities provide a higher level of care, the average cost will be higher than that of independent living facilities. The cost will also vary depending on the location of the facility. The average price range of independent living is between $1,500 and $3,500 per month. Assisted living is somewhat higher at an average of $2,500 to $4,000 per month.

Assisted Living vs. Independent Living Facilities: 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 facility:

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

Buckner Calder Woods: Upscale Assisted and Independent Living Facilities in TX

When you choose Buckner 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. Call us today at 844.536.0569 to learn more about our upscale Texas Senior living community and take a tour.