The Difference Between Assisted and Independent Living

What is the difference between Assisted Living and Independent Living?

Independent Living

  • Senior Independent Living communities are less expensive than Assisted Living communities and rent is all inclusive.
  • Caters to seniors usually 55 and up who are still independent with few medical problems and need very little assistance with their daily needs.
  • They can ambulate independently or with the assistance of a cane, walker or wheel chair.
  • They can provide their own daily hygiene and administer their own medication or with help from a contracted agency, home health / hospice agency, family member or sitter.
  • Residents live in fully equipped private apartments with kitchenettes and have weekly housekeeping provided.
  • A variety of apartment sizes are available from studios to large two bedrooms.
  • Fine dining services are offered with 3 meals a day or a selected meal package plan.
  • Residents are free to come and go as they please and can have overnight guests. They may own their own vehicle and still drive.
  • Transportation is provided for numerous social outings, events and appointments for those who do and do not drive. Activities are provided daily.
  • There is staff on site 24/7 in case a medical emergency arises.

Assisted Living

  • Assisted Living communities are much more expensive than Senior Independent Living Communities because you are paying for 24/7 inhouse and medical assistance.
  • Suggested for seniors who are no longer able to live independently and safely on their own but do not meet the criteria for a higher level of nursing home care.
  • They have licensed medical staff that administers medications, provide assistance with activities of daily living, bathing, meals and housekeeping.
  • Three meals per day are provided and resident is usually required to come to the central dining area.
  • Residents live in private apartments which usually has very limited kitchen access.
  • Staff is available 24 hours per day for additional safety.
  • The hours fluctuate for visitation in Assisted Living.
  • Social activities and scheduled transportation are also available in most Assisted Living communities.
  • Special units for Alzheimer’s residents are available in some Assisted Living Facilities.