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Is an Independent or Assisted Senior Living Community the Right Choice for You?

The decision to move to a senior living community like Abbey Delray is a major life choice and can be difficult, especially if you’re relocating or selling a home. During your search, you may also have come across the terms “independent living” and “assisted living.” But how can you determine which is right for you?

To assist you with your decision-making process, here are some of the major differences between these two styles of living and what you should consider to determine the best option for your circumstances. We hope this guide will give you a helpful starting point in the next stage of your retirement journey.

What Are the Differences Between Independent and Assisted Living Communities?

Before deciding on the best level of living for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to first understand what independent living and assisted living actually are. While there are many similarities between the two options, there are also some significant differences worth noting. Having a general understanding of the differences can help you ask better questions when touring communities, as well.

What Is Independent Living?

Independent living allows seniors to live as they would on their own but amongst those in a similar stage of life with access to bespoke services and amenities. You’ll have opportunities to meet new people while still enjoying all of your favorite activities and hobbies. Even better, you’ll have access to all of the conveniences of community living, including access to weekly housekeeping services, on-site dining options and many other benefits you wouldn’t get with staying at home.

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living supports your independence while helping you as needed from time to time. Whether your needs include help with daily activities, medication management or other services, you and your loved ones can feel comfortable knowing you’ll be taken care of by professional caregivers. At Abbey Delray, our experienced team members can personalize your level of care to ensure you can live your life to the fullest while still receiving support when you need it.

Is Independent Living or Assisted Living Right for Me?

The primary difference between independent and assisted living communities is that assisted living offers care with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and grooming, included in the monthly fee. While independent living residents can choose to move to assisted living if their needs change, if they choose to stay at the independent living level and require more care, they can request additional care services such as in-home healthcare aides. However, these costs will be in addition to the independent living monthly fee. 

As you are evaluating your options, consider your current and future needs, including the level of assistance you require, the services you prefer and the budget.  

What Level of Care Does Assisted Living Provide Over Independent Living? 

The lifestyle in an independent living community will be similar to the one you enjoy at home, but with a greater emphasis on convenience. You’ll live much the same way you would at home, but with a rich community life you can’t find anywhere else.

An assisted living community will be similar, but you’ll also have access to an on-site team that can meet you where your needs are when it comes to daily life. Care may include daily grooming assistance, physical therapy services and additional housekeeping responsibilities.  

Do Independent and Assisted Living Communities Offer Different Amenities?

Both of our independent living communities and assisted living communities feature superb dining and wellness services that you’ll be able to enjoy throughout your retirement. From chef-prepared meals to fitness classes and more, all residents generally enjoy access to the same amenities, depending on the type of community chosen. Often, assisted living and independent living residences may be situated in different areas or on different floors, but community amenities are shared. 

Find the Right Senior Living Community for You at Abbey Delray

At Abbey Delray, we offer both independent and assisted living options for our residents, as well as higher levels of care for older adults seeking a carefree, resort-style living experience.

To discover more about our services, amenities and accommodations, contact our team. We’ll be happy to assist you. If you’re ready to see our exceptional Delray Beach community for yourself, request a tour. During your tour, you can meet our residents, explore community life and view our new renovations. We look forward to meeting you!