Independent Living vs Assisted Living: What’s the Difference?

If you’re considering moving into a community for older adults, you may see options for both independent living and assisted living. Choosing the right living option for your or your loved one’s needs is important. Simply put, assisted living provides more comprehensive care and support for health and mobility issues, while independent living is designed for active seniors who would thrive in a supportive community. Both options support quality of life and connection within a community—providing exactly the right level of support that a senior needs.

What is the difference between assisted living and independent living? Let’s take a few minutes to look at each in more detail.

Independent Living

Independent living (versus assisted living) provides residents with greater autonomy and freedom. With more opportunities for socialization and community involvement, it is a good option for active seniors hoping to join a vital community. Independent living is the perfect blend of convenience paired with autonomy. With facilities and classes for health and fitness, on-site amenities like restaurants and hair salons, and staff to provide a maintenance-free lifestyle, seniors can focus on living a vibrant life connected to people.

Our independent living residents at Menno Haven find many opportunities for connection through art classes, volunteering, making new friends, taking up a new hobby, reconnecting with an old one, or staying fit in the fitness center. They also have peace of mind now that they don’t have to worry about the little things:  no more worrying about the yard, home maintenance, or shoveling snow.

You can learn more about Menno Haven Independent Living here. 

Assisted Living

Assisted living, also known as Personal Care, is a fantastic option for individuals needing extra assistance with daily living. Assisted living is designed specifically for senior adults who require assistance with daily activities but still want to uphold their independent lifestyle. Each resident receives personalized care plans based on their individual abilities and healthcare needs.

At Menno Haven, Personal Care is much like being at home. Each resident has their own bright and spacious living space that can be personalized with the resident’s own belongings, so they feel at home. Designed with caregiving that allows residents to wake when they want and dine when they decide, everyday life is solely based on the resident’s wishes.

Menno Haven encourages senior adults to maintain their dignity and freedom, even as medical circumstances change.

You can learn more about Menno Haven assisted living here. 

Some Factors to Consider when Choosing between Independent Living and Assisted Living

When choosing between independent living versus assisted living, you will want to consider both personal needs as well as your own personal preferences.

Some questions you should ask yourself:

  • Does the community support my level of independence and mobility? Are other residents at a similar level as me?
  • Does it provide the level of support I need for my health conditions and medical needs?
  • Will it provide the level of social support and connection that is right for me?
  • Do the cost fit within my budget?
  • Is it close to my family and friends?
  • Does the community provide transportation to local amenities?

Let Us Help

We know choosing the right community can feel daunting, and we’re here to help. At Menno Haven, we’ll take the time to understand your needs. If you have specific questions, want to schedule a tour, or would just prefer to speak to one of our friendly team members, contact us today!