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What is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living?

If you or a loved one are looking to make the move to a senior living community, you might not know the difference between assisted living and independent living. After all, on the surface they seem similar. That’s why it’s common for seniors to feel uncertain about which option is best for them. At the Village at Mercy Creek, we’re dedicated to helping seniors find a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two senior living options.

Independent Living

The focus of independent living is on convenience and an active lifestyle. You enjoy your independence and don’t need regular assistance or medical support but want it to be available if you do. One of main motivations for independent living is breaking free from household maintenance to enjoy your passions and interests.

The Village at Mercy Creek’s independent living services gives you access to engaging daily activities, dining and hospitality services. When you’re still able to take care of yourself, independent living offers you the flexibility to experience the next meaningful chapter of your retirement.

Assisted Living

With assisted living, the main goal is to help you or your loved one reach the highest level of independence possible. Assisted living is best suited for seniors who need regular help to support their ideal lifestyle. Oftentimes this means our staff will help with getting dressed, bathing, medication management and more.

How is Assisted Living Different From a Nursing Home?

When some people hear the term “assisted living,” the first thing that comes to mind is a nursing home. The difference is that nursing homes offer a higher level of medical care than assisted living. With assisted living, residents can enjoy a vibrant lifestyle with support for their daily needs. Nursing home residents often require around-the-clock medical monitoring and supervision.

When is it Time to Move to Assisted Living from Independent Living?

Most seniors don’t like the idea of moving to assisted living from independent living. But just because you or your loved one needs some extra support doesn’t mean an engaging lifestyle isn’t within reach. The clear sign that it’s time for assisted living is when a senior is struggling to take care of themselves. When normal tasks aren’t just inconvenient but have become real challenges.

A Vibrant Lifestyle is Waiting at The Village at Mercy Creek

When it comes to deciding whether independent living or assisted living is best for you or your loved one, it all comes down to personal needs. At The Village at Mercy Creek, our caring staff helps you find the best senior living option. Contact us today or schedule a tour to learn more about how our senior living services can help you discover a vibrant and meaningful lifestyle.