Independent Living vs. Assisted LivingRetirement Living Options | January 30, 2017
Retirement Living Options Available to Today’s Seniors
Over the past several years, the average life expectancy has been gradually increasing. According to data from Data360.org, just 20 years ago a person could expect to live to 79.4 years of age, while today in 2017, that has risen to 82.5 years old. While your health, lifestyle and family history of course play a role in how long you will live, many seniors today are celebrating birthdays far beyond the age of 80.
In 2011, Baby Boomers began hitting age 65, which means a huge population of the United States—over 76 million people—officially began entering their retirement years. And, these seniors are presented with a variety of retirement living options when they’re ready to downsize their current homes, whether for convenience or health reasons.
Independent Living for Seniors
For seniors who are still healthy and active, with few chronic conditions or health concerns, an independent living community allows residents to come and go as they please, enjoying an easy lifestyle without some of the major hassles of home ownership. These residents no longer have a yard to maintain or snow to shovel, plus often receive help with some of the housekeeping. Minimal assistance is provided, as these seniors generally do not need it, but they do have peace of mind that emergency help is available if necessary.
At American Senior Communities, we offer comfortable independent living apartments with full kitchens, washer and dryer hookups and private balconies. Or, our Garden Homes feature one- or two-bedroom floor plans with sunrooms and attached garages.
Assisted Living for Seniors
For those who need a bit more help with activities of daily living like dressing, bathing or eating, assisted living offers seniors a higher level of care to ensure they’re enjoying the highest quality of life possible. Often, when seniors require assisted living services, a spouse or loved one will help in the research process when looking for the community that will best meet their needs.
At American Senior Communities, you’ll find assisted living/personal care apartments in a variety of floor plans, all which can be designed and furnished in the resident’s personal taste. Residents enjoy a variety of amenities like three daily meals, a wide range of social activities, scheduled transportation to off-campus appointments and events, and so much more. Plus, residents have access to emergency care 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Choosing Between Independent Living and Assisted Living Services
While there are some similarities between independent living and assisted living for seniors, it’s important to pick the type of community that will best fit your needs, now and in the future. Some senior living communities allow residents to shift between the levels of care should their health begin to decline, so when researching retirement living it’s important to ask about that option, as well as what services are included within the monthly fee.
Visit the community and ask the staff as many questions as necessary to ensure you’re making the best decision for your future.