Choosing The Best Option

Living at Home vs. Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

There are many things to consider when deciding which path to take for you or your loved one’s future living arrangement. It’s a big decision. Here is a brief overview of the options and key points to contemplate.

Living at Home

As you get older, maintaining a home and lifestyle becomes more challenging. There may be fewer opportunities to participate in activities with others. Driving or running errands can be difficult. Eating healthy and preparing meals becomes a chore. You may require a greater dependence on others to help with daily tasks. Household maintenance – including laundry, cleaning, shoveling snow, or mowing the lawn – becomes challenging to keep up with. While it’s hard to imagine leaving a place you’ve become accustomed to, the many advantages of independent living communities are certainly worth considering.

Independent Living

Today, many independent living communities offer a resort-style atmosphere – filled with amenities to enhance every lifestyle. Residents can take part in engaging social, cultural, and educational events every day. At The Arbordale, you’ll find benefits like under-building parking, meal plan options, light housekeeping, transportation services, daily fitness opportunities, and more. Most communities offer coffee shops, game rooms, libraries, salons, and dining rooms that provide a great quality of life and daily interaction opportunities. Multiple floor plans let you choose the space best suited for your needs. Fully equipped apartment kitchens give you the option to cook your favorite meals and make you feel at home. Best of all, residents are surrounded by friendly neighbors and welcoming staff. When you compare the cost of living at home to everything included with independent living communities, it’s more affordable than you may think. Plus, home health care options may be brought into Essex Community’s apartments.

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities are designed for seniors who cannot or choose not to live independently. It may be the only option for seniors who need help with basic day-to-day tasks like getting dressed, walking, bathing, or taking medications. Most assisted living spaces are smaller than independent living apartments and do not offer full kitchens. They provide a dining area with meals added into the price and activity options but not the full range of amenities offered at independent living communities. Typically, assisted living is significantly more costly than independent living due to the cost of medically trained staff on site.

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