What Is the Difference Between Independent and Assisted Living Communities?

When researching senior living options, remaining independent is one of the top priorities for many individuals. Staying in the home you are comfortable and familiar with is the ideal scenario, but sometimes that may not be an option.

It can be difficult to compare independent and assisted living communities, but it’s important to understand the differences between the two, so the transition happens seamlessly and your loved one moves to the most appropriate setting. Continue reading to learn the differences between the two types of communities.

What is Independent Living?

Independent living communities—often called retirement communities—are for seniors who can live on their own, without daily assistance, and want to live among people their age. If you are still able to care for yourself, independent living allows for more flexibility. While sometimes there is overlap between independent and assisted living communities, in terms of care and minor services offered, independent living usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not need hands-on care.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of care community that ensures your independence while providing additional care, service, and security that are tailored to your specific needs. This additional care may include help with bathing and dressing, medication assistance, and more.

At Dellwood Gardens, we offer a wide range of social and active lifestyle opportunities for our residents who can decide how they would like to spend their time every day. Our assisted living community provides:

  • Private apartments with ¾ bath
  • In-unit kitchenette
  • Individual climate control
  • Home-cooked meals 3 times a day
  • Garden areas
  • Paid water, gas & electric utilities
  • Cable and internet included

In short, an assisted living community may be the best choice if you or your loved one needs some help with daily activities, but not continuous medical care or supervision.

Which Community Should You Choose?

We know that assessing your or your loved one’s abilities can be difficult. You do not have to be in perfect health to choose independent living. Likewise, you do not need to be severely ill to decide that assisted living is the better option.


To request more information about Dellwood Gardens Assisted Living Community or to schedule a tour, please contact our Marketing Director, Lindsay Schmidt, at lschmidt@dellwoodgardens.com or (651) 444-5716.

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