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Independent vs. Assisted Living: What Is Right for You?

In decades past, older adults had few choices of lifestyle arrangements when it was time to downsize. Fortunately, things have changed considerably, and now there are so many choices that it can be tricky to figure out which one is best for you. Two senior living options are assisted and independent living .

Understanding Assisted Living

Assisted living is a good choice for seniors who need minimal help in their daily activities. The experienced staff can provide assistance with bathing, grooming, and dressing. Residents can also receive medication reminders or assistance, and laundry and housekeeping services. They can choose to have meals prepared for them. Assisted living residents often have their own living spaces within a community home or building.

Understanding Independent Living

In contrast to assisted living, independent living communities do not offer daily assistance with bathing and similar self-care activities. They do offer the security and social benefits of living in a community with other adults of a similar age range. Adults who live in these communities do receive lots of excellent amenities, like housekeeping services . They also won’t have to worry about shoveling snow, making household repairs, or mowing the lawn. It’s worry-free living that lets seniors enjoy their retirement.

Deciding Which Option Is Best for You

When deciding between independent and assisted living, consider your medical needs, functional abilities, and lifestyle preferences. If you’re able to care for yourself and you lead a generally active lifestyle, then independent living can be perfect for you. Independent communities are ideal for seniors who can manage their medical needs too. And if the idea of convenient living in a friendly community appeals to you, then you’ll look forward to your retirement years in independent living.

The Estates at Arbor Oaks is a beautiful, friendly community for seniors interested in independent living options. Enjoy your active life in this 55-plus community in Andover, MN. You can call a helpful staff member at (651) 738-1158.

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