Understanding The Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

You’ve decided that senior living is your next big adventure. After much consideration, you’ve chosen a retirement community, like The Kenwood by Senior Star. As a continuing care retirement community, you’re offered different levels of care, including Independent Living and Assisted Living, among others. How do you know which option is best suited for you?

There are a few key differences between Independent Living and Assisted Living, and it’s important to understand these variances when making your decision:

Independent Living (IL)

Just as it sounds, IL is for those who can live independently, but enjoy having access to assistance when needed. It is also a great option for those looking to lessen the responsibility that comes with owning a house or condo. In many cases, IL offers you convenient access to dining and entertainment options, while also providing some basic services like socialization, housekeeping or transportation.

Assisted Living (AL)

AL is designed for residents who require additional support or a helping hand with daily life activities such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals. Here, you can receive help from a community staff member when performing these tasks. Most retirement communities have different levels for AL with additional costs per level, so it is important to figure out what each provides.

If you’re still unsure of the difference between IL and AL, or are struggling to determine which option would be the right fit, give us a call at (513) 823-3029 and we can help you assess your ideal level of care.

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