A common question we receive is about the difference between independent living and assisted living. Four tenants of AL are freedom of choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life. Assisted living communities like Bel Aire, support those who need assistance with activities of daily living, while allowing residents to live as independently as possible.
Here are some other ways independent and assisted living differ:
Medical and Supportive Care
Typically, independent living facilities don’t offer these services. In assisted living, staff provide residents with assistance in daily activities. At Bel Aire, staff members and a registered nurse are always on call for your convenience and safety. Other medical professionals come into AL facilities to provide needed services through home health or hospice services as well as dentistry and doctor groups.
Independent living communities may be designed as multiple buildings spread out on large campuses, with a central gathering area for programming and meals. Spaces, including apartments/cottages, may be larger and there is often greater distance to travel between buildings (either by foot or by car).
Assisted living facilities like Bel Aire, often have a smaller footprint and are more self-contained. Most of the resident’s needs are provided right in the assisted living building. At Bel Aire, This also includes a Memory Care wing where those suffering with dementia can receive the extra care that they need in a safe and secure environment.
Assisted living communities offer more hours of activities per day.
Here’s a quick breakdown of key similarities and differences between independent and assisted living:
|Independent Living||Assisted Living|
|Cost||Entrance fees plus monthly fee||Rental-based, all inclusive at Bel Aire|
|Medical & Activities of Daily Living||Arranged by resident||CNAs/Medical Technicians on call with a press of a button 24/7/365, Facility Nurse, etc.|
|Community Design||Common spaces and amenities are more spread out||Amenities are centrally located for greater accessibility|
|Family Involvement||Encouraged to visit||More active role and an integral part of the team|
|Amenities and Services||Common areas, private apartments/residences||Common areas, private apartments, and dining options. All meals included.|
|Programming||Calendar with some activities.||Robust calendar, typically with more hours of programming with more of a personal touch for the residents.|
Interested in Exploring Your Options?
Bel Aire Senior Living offers assisted living services and memory care services depending on your level of needed care. You can be as independent as you like in assisted living, but you won’t have to worry about your meals, laundry, housekeeping, if you have a fall, or need extra help.
Contact us via our website: www.belairecare.com or (801)-763-0622