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What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living & Independent Living

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Deciding to live in a senior living community is a beautiful way to start life’s next chapter. Communities are more prepared than ever to manage even the most complex health and safety demands of their residents, and All American Senior Living in Wareham features several lifestyle options suitable for various changing needs.

While the most common lifestyles senior residents can choose are Independent Living and Assisted Living, choosing the right one can depend on the daily level of care a person may need.

We strive to support a comfortable, convenient, and healthy life, so we’re going to look at these 2 specific lifestyles and help you decide which one suits your needs best! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with our staff, and we’ll be happy to help put you and your family at ease.

Daily Living Requirements

Before deciding on a lifestyle, the first thing to know is the level of care you or a loved one needs. Activities of daily living (ADLs) are the tasks we perform every day, such as:

  • Easting
  • Hygiene care
  • Moving
  • Exercising
  • Dressing

Outside of our daily living activities, staying positive can also significantly affect your quality of life. Being comfortable and staying in the right frame of mind can depend on our:

  • Mental and emotional support
  • Financial security
  • Transportation options
  • Household management
  • Medication management

Senior living communities help address each of these needs with an assortment of services ranging from chef-prepared meals to regular activities and outings. On top of this, communities train their staff to look for and recognize ways to improve you or your loved one’s quality of life.

However, the level of care we provide can depend on the sort of lifestyle you choose.

What Do These Lifestyles Provide?

All of our All American Senior Living communities take the time to meet each resident and identify the level of care they need before moving in with us permanently. Not only does this help us build a bond of trust, it also ensures the transition into our care is smooth and convenient.

All American Senior Living in Wareham features Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, and Optimal Living lifestyles. Even though we don’t offer Independent Living, we do believe it’s important to understand the difference between Independent Living and our other lifestyle choices.

Independent Living and Assisted Living differ in a few ways:

Independent Living

Essentially, Independent Living provides services that can handle some of life’s time-consuming and arduous tasks (like housework and heavy lifting) while you or your loved one comfortably manage daily living activities.

If tasks like cooking, walking, and hygiene care are within you or your loved one’s capabilities, then Independent Living may be a great lifestyle choice. In addition, our community can provide:

  • Daily meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Emergency response teams
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Weekly housekeeping

Assisted Living

Our Assisted Living lifestyle takes a more care-focused approach to our resident’s senior living experience. We generally recommend Assisted Living for those who struggle to manage their ADLs independently but still want some independence in their day-to-day life.

In Assisted Living, residents have complete control over their daily schedule, but our team is always ready to help with mobility, eating, and anything else they may need. Our community can also provide:

  • Medication management
  • Regular health assessments
  • An onsite nursing team
  • Optional laundry services
  • 3 chef-prepared meals daily
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What Is Aging In Place?

Nobody stays the same forever. As you age, new challenges can develop that you may not have experienced before, and it’s nearly impossible to predict what you may need support with as you grow older.

Planning can help alleviate some of the stress you might have about your or your loved one’s changing needs, and one of the ways you can find support is by aging in place.

Aging in place means planning out your golden years ahead of time to ensure you have support as your needs change. For example, you may join an Independent Living lifestyle for several years before adapting their services to more closely resemble Assisted Living. We keep an eye on your daily living activities and provide help whenever they need it to maintain a high quality of life.

We can adapt our services if you’re:

  • Having a more challenging time with memory and cognitive abilities.
  • Struggling with walking, climbing stairs, or getting up from chairs.
  • Having difficulty taking care of your hygiene.
  • Confusing which types of medications you need and when.

Some may decide to age at home or with family, and that’s perfectly fine. Still, it’s essential to understand that needs will change over time, and most people will eventually need regular help from a professional. 

We support you through every stage of their life, and we’re happy to help in any way we can. Whether it’s Independent Living or Assisted Living, your family can depend on our experience and care to ensure you or your loved one live life to the fullest.

Written by kaplan

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