How do I know if Independent Living or if Assisted Living would be a better option for a loved one?
The primary factor is the need for care. Does the resident require routine care other than meal preparation and apartment maid service? If that answer is yes, then Assisted Living is the appropriate choice. Some Independent Living communities offer contract Home Care services on their property to assist with care requirements. This availability of service is nice for those who have been living in a community for a period of time to afford aging-in-place opportunity. Moreover, some retirement communities offer a broad range of living environments to afford the most appropriate setting for an overreaching aging-in-place concept. On one campus, or perhaps within one building, they provide independent living and a variety of care accommodation resident options such as Independent Living, Assisted Living, Dementia Care, and even Skilled Nursing care. They achieve licensed certification for each level as appropriate. A resident can therefore move up the care continuum as needs increase. They call those communities Continuum of Care Retirement Communities (CCRC).