Making the choice: Independent or assisted living?
When you are looking for a senior community for yourself or a loved one, what amenities and services are needed? Here's an overview of the differences between independent and assisted living:
Independent Living. Independent living communities are perfect for seniors looking for more opportunities to socialize with people their own age — or who are tired of the endless hassle of home maintenance and upkeep.
Independent living centers generally include a variety of studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments or cottages. A full kitchen is typical, and residents can choose between preparing their own meals or eating at a central dining hall. A meal plan is generally not included in the base price, though transportation and recreational activities are. Housekeeping services are usually provided as well.
Assisted Living. Assisted living communities provide all the amenities of independent living — plus a little extra care for those daily tasks of living. The on-call staff at assisted living homes can aid with grooming, dressing, personal hygiene, mobility challenges and medication management.
Apartments generally feature a kitchenette and full bathroom. Planned excursions and other leisure activities are included in the base price, along with a meal plan.
Assisted-living caregivers can't provide the same medical services as a hospital or hospice, nor are they equipped to handle persons with severe cognitive impairment or memory issues.
Call us to arrange a tour and see what Prestige Homewood Heights Assisted Living Community has to offer.
Prestige Senior Living - Homewood Heights
17999 S.E. River Road