The main difference between the assisted and independent living setting is the individual's need for help with activities of daily living. Independent Living is designed to meet the needs for those individuals that desire more freedom and the option for assistance if needed. Assisted Living offers an apartment-like setting that includes various plans designed to help individuals with activities of daily living.
Activities of Daily Living include the following:
- Using the Telephone
- Preparing Food
- Doing Laundry
- Using Transportation
- Handling Medications
- Handling Finances
Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed exclusively for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. Housing varies widely, from apartment-style living to freestanding homes. In general, the housing is friendlier to older adults, often being more compact, with easier navigation and no maintenance or yard work to worry about.
Chosen Healthcare communities with senior apartments or cottages are usually 55 and older. Rent may include community services such as recreational programs, transportation services, and meals served in a communal dining room.
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