Seniorly Conversations: Independent vs. Assisted Living

Author: Jacqueline Hatch

| Published on: February,11 | Viewed: 2447 times



In a new series titled “Seniorly Conversations”, Seniorly Founder & CEO Arthur Bretschneider discusses the differences between independent living and assisted living communities.

“While statistics say that people over 65 want to age in their own homes, the reality is that as people age, their health conditions change, and sometimes so do their preferences” says Bretschneider. Maybe you want to be more socially connected and get involved in community activities. Maybe you want to be closer to family or spend less money on in-home caregiving services. Whatever the reason, moving into an elder care community can offer a range of benefits for people hoping to remain happy and engaged as they age.

But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. That's why we created this video, to provide comprehensive information on the types of communities available, so that your family can have all the resources they need to make an informed decision when it comes time to make a senior housing decision. Read on to learn more about community options:


Independent Living Types:

-Age-Restricted Apartments

-Communities with hotel-like amenities

-Continuing Care Communities (which allow you to age in place)


Reasons for moving into Independent Living:

-Desire for a maintenance-free lifestyle

-To be closer to family

-To age in place

-Socialization opportunities


Assisted Living Types:

-Board and Care Homes

-Large Communities (with hundreds of units)


Reasons for moving into Assisted Living:

-Cost (Assisted Living is often less expensive than in-home care)

-Support (assistance with the activities of daily living, medication management, and support for health conditions)

-Memory care needs for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia


Independent living is a great option for elders who want to stay active and engaged as they age, but don't necessarily need the daily support of trained caregivers. Independent living communities often feature fitness programs, community outreach programs, and transportation options to help elders stay connected to the greater community. Assisted living, on the other hand, is a nice option for elders who need assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) and anticipate needing more care as they age. Activities at assisted living communities include art and music classes, game and movie nights, holiday parties and more! Families are encouraged to visit and join their elderly loved ones at mealtimes, as well as participate in holiday parties and other special events. 

If you or someone you love is interested in joining an elder care community, don’t hesitate to reach out. Just give us a call at (415) 570-4370 or email us at We look forward to finding options that are a great fit for your family. The Seniorly team is here to help! Click here to learn more about assisted living.

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