Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care: Which Lifestyle Is Right For You?

In the early eighties, before Senior Lifestyle, many families were looking for a living option for their aging loved ones that was more than a nursing home. Today, there’s a plethora of senior living offerings tailored to the life of each person. And while choice is a luxury that didn’t used to exist when it came to senior living, the options can be daunting.

Before you can know which community will help you or your loved one live life to the fullest, you need to consider the qualities of both the person and the community to be sure that you’re making the right choice. Below is an introduction to the major senior living options, along with some questions to help you get started on your journey toward better living in retirement.

Independent Living

Can you live your life to the fullest every day, without any assistance? This question isn’t always as easy as it sounds. As they age, some people can still get by without any assistance, but they don’t realize how much better life could be with a little extra help in their day-to-day routine. If that sounds like you or a loved one, consider learning more about Assisted Living below.

Independent Living is for those who don’t need a little extra help, but they do want a lot more living. Because Independent Living includes chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, and more, they can spend more time pursuing their passions with friends and family. If this sounds like you, read on to learn what Independent Living is all about.

Assisted Living

In Assisted Living communities, you don’t have to give up any independence. In fact, it’s just the opposite! When you have a helping hand with things like medication, dressing, bathing, or other daily activities, your time to enjoy the day is maximized. It’s important to let the care team members at the community know exactly what you or your loved one would benefit from, so that they can be there when needed and not be a bother when they aren’t. Besides that, Assisted Living communities are often just as lively as Independent Living communities–sometimes more so! Life is just better when someone is there to lend a hand when needed. Learn more about Assisted Living.

Memory Care

If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you need a living community staffed with in-house care specialists with memory care expertise. Memory Care communities should feature programming that not only energizes the mind, but also enlivens the spirit. The right care professionals will also incorporate the resident’s family into his or her life, usually through a combination of in-person visits and regular updates. Learn more about Memory Care.

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A new community is more than just a new address. It’s a place to make friends, explore locales, dine on chef-prepared meals, and enjoy a stress-free home. Couples often decide to join a new senior living community because it allows them to expand their social circle while remaining by each other’s side every step of the way. They go on trips, play golf, enjoy card games, and — sometimes — they just relax in their home, which could be a standalone cottage-style house or an apartment next-door to friends and neighbors.

Within every different community, there are a number of amenities, locations, and activities that make it unique. But every one is a springboard for a fuller, freer life.

To learn more about any Senior Lifestyle community, call the number at the top of the community page to speak with the Executive Director and schedule a tour.

Find a Community

For more information on retirement and senior housing options, reach out to a Senior Lifestyle community near you.