The confusion surrounding what’s out there with regards to senior living can be daunting. What’s the difference between assisted living and independent living? What about skilled nursing facilities, where do they come in? Knowing what different types of senior living communities offer can help you make better decisions about what might match your needs for medical care, housing, or both. Let’s go over the key characteristics of the different types of options out there.
The name explains a lot about independent living. This type of housing is best for seniors who are virtually independent and have minimal medical issues. Most independent living communities are comprised of private apartments where residents cook their own meals and come and go as they please. They can, however, partake in dining options if they choose. There is often regular entertainment and outings, including trips to local stores and markets, though some seniors may choose to keep their own vehicle as well. For the most part, individuals select independent living to leave the responsibilities of home ownership behind, live with peers in a secure environment, and enjoy the shared amenities of the community.