Independent Living vs. Assisted Living—What Is The Difference?
You might be wondering, is independent living for me as an adult with development disabilities or a senior with special needs? As a loved one, you might be concerned whether the independence you’ve spent years nurturing will be compromised.
First, let’s spell out the difference between independent living and assisted living. Independent living offers private apartments or homes with access to common areas, conveniences, services and a low-maintenance lifestyle. If you can live on your own but want to minimize daily tasks and choose how you spend your time, this is a great option.
Assisted living is for older adults who need help with everyday activities like bathing, dressing, taking medications, and require more intensive medical assistance.
Finding a Just-Right Home
If you’re looking for convenience and a low-maintenance lifestyle, you can have the “back-end” support you need to thrive and live as you wish without the rigidity or extra cost and care of assisted living. At Upside, You Choose. And we mean everything from your home and the community to how and when you receive services, what amenities you need or want, and our level of involvement. Ramp it up or scale back at any time. There’s no commitment.
When looking for a home with supports, you should ask about these amenities. Upside home living in curated communities including those for older adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs includes:
- Elevator access or first-floor living
- Accessible utilities like walk-in showers
- Modern appliances
- Proximity to shopping, dining, healthcare and conveniences
- Security personnel and highly secure environments
- Accessible floor plans with a variety of sizes, rooms available, etc.
- Outdoor spaces
- In-unit washer and dryer
- Parking that is covered, in a garage or in front of unit
- Affordable options