The difference between independent living and assisted living options


The difference between independent living and assisted living options

Communities like Woods at Canco, Sable Lodge, Ashton Gardens all offer something unique in the way of independent living. How do they compare with assisted living options like OceanView at Falmouth?

Sometimes people call Assisted Living Locators wondering about next steps and they don’t actually need assisted living. There are three things someone needs for quality of life in senior living; accessible housing, healthcare and support with activities of daily living (ADLs). 

Someone’s need for ADLs determines the best living situation. Depending on the severity of need active senior housing, independent living, assisted living or memory care may all be options. 

Shawn is an occupational therapist. His goal has always been to take care of his clients by helping them maximize their independence. Physical assessments done before moving in to a community will often lead to determinations that can save money and allow families to explore options beyond assisted living.

In particular, families may realize they have a choice they had not known before working with us. They may find the appropriate choice is to make a decision between independent living communities and assisted living communities.

Independent living generally costs less than assisted living. These communities are socially driven and developed in line with the hospitality industry. Independent living provides social supports. 

The typical independent living model includes Meals Activities  Transportation  Housekeeping Security

Social isolation is factor linked with a significant increase in dementia risk and other healthcare issues. 

A common scenario that leads an older person and their family to begin exploring the options could include issues with deconditioning and increased dependence on family. 

Assisted living communities are often very social as well but more in line with a medical model. You can expect full support with activities of daily living. A caregiving team is there to help you put on your shoes, shower, do laundry and communities offer access to a nursing team and possibly even in-house doctors. Most frequently families utilize assisted living for the difference with medication management. Assisted living communities generally require doctor records before admission.

Staffing and licensing requirements are lower in independent communities. Care and support with activities of daily living is not provided by the community. It may be more difficult to get appropriate hands-on supports and the cost to independent living reflects these factors. The cost of an independent setting primarily includes the amenities and apartment living. 

Residents in these communities may often be younger or have a greater level of family support with activities of daily living. Most independent living communities in Greater Portland require a community fee. Community fees are collected upfront and a percentage slightly higher than the monthly rent. This is collected to enhance community efforts, spaces and events.  

Residents may also be able to obtain appropriate care and the ability to age in place through partnerships provided by their community. 

It is important to Assisted Living Locators to be able to help families determine how to uphold caregiving needs and find communities that fit the appropriate standard. 

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