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Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: Which Is the Right Choice for You?

If you’re reading this, you may be approaching retirement age or already enjoying all that this period of your life offers. For those considering moving to a retirement community or hoping to learn about the benefits of a senior living community lifestyle, it can be challenging to understand the variety of senior living options. To help you understand the different types of retirement communities and how to choose between them, we’re unpacking the nuances of two of the most common senior living types: independent living and assisted living.

What Is Independent Living for Seniors?

Independent living is a type of residence for those who do not need assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, or dressing. You can live your life as you do in your current home but with access to resort-style services and amenities, social clubs, events, and much more. Most independent living residences consist of apartments, townhomes, cottages, or condos, which makes upkeep a breeze.

Is a Senior Independent Living Community Right for Me?

If you’re looking to downsize and free yourself of the burdens of homeownership (cleaning, maintenance, yardwork, etc.), but still want to live an independent lifestyle, then independent living may be right for you. Not only will you have a comfortable, connected, and maintenance-free place to live, but you will also have more time to pursue the hobbies and activities you enjoy.

There are also more opportunities to meet people of a similar age in a community setting, helping you find peers with the same passions and interests.

What Is Assisted Living for Seniors?

Assisted living is for people who need part-time or full-time assistance with the activities of daily living. You’ll receive care and support from certified nursing assistants and other skilled and experienced team members. This may include an on-site medical director and visiting physicians.

The goal for assisted living residents in these communities is to provide all the assistance that residents need to continue living a joyful life. You’ll still gain access to all-inclusive benefits and a calendar of activities, with the added support from assisted living services.

Assisted living residents often have access to their own private suite with a separate bedroom and living area, kitchenette, and a large private bath. This arrangement allows you to retain your privacy, and the housing’s location is right on campus, so you can still take advantage of amenities.

Is an Assisted Living Community Right for Me?

When deciding if an assisted living community is right for you, it’s helpful to ask yourself if you can perform essential tasks you need to—and/or want to—on your own. If the answer is no, or if you find yourself struggling to perform certain daily activities, then it may be time for assisted living.

Think of it like this: assisted living provides the support you need to enjoy life to its fullest while catering to your unique needs.

Independent Living or Assisted Living: The Final Verdict

Your senior living style is entirely dependent on your unique needs and goals. Independent living is an excellent choice for older adults who are able to enjoy life without extra help. If you need or desire part-time or full-time assistance, you may want to consider assisted living instead.

Explore Senior Living Options at Newcastle Place

When it comes to independent and assisted living in Wisconsin, Newcastle Place is dedicated to providing customized, thoughtful support that elevates your lifestyle. Our luxury assisted living services and amenity-rich independent living options empower residents to make the most of each day, regardless of which senior living option best fits their current lifestyle. Residents not only become part of a vibrant, engaging community but also have priority access to on-site health services like skilled nursing and rehabilitation, should they ever need them. This blend of community and varied levels of care in a centralized location is part of what sets Newcastle Place apart from other senior living options in the Milwaukee area.

Contact us to learn more about life at Newcastle Place and all the benefits it brings.

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