One Is Not Like the Other: Retirement Communities versus Assisted Living

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You’re a vibrant, healthy, and active adult, so why on earth would you consider a retirement community? There are a number of reasons. To start, much like you, they don’t buy into the label that retirement means slowing down; quite the opposite. In fact, you may be surprised at all the lifestyle offers to help you get more out of life. Not to mention how different it is from assisted living. Yes, there’s more than one type of retirement living! Let’s compare retirement communities versus assisted living.

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The Realities of Retirement Communities

Retirement communities today feature a lifestyle for those who are ready to say goodbye to their honey-do list- and instead, spend their time enjoying favorite interests, hobbies and passions while also exploring new opportunities.

What They Offer

  • A maintenance-free lifestyle with convenient amenities – Services such as housekeeping, maintenance, meals, and transportation are included in your monthly rent freeing up your time to enjoy amenities like dining venues that include: a bistro, pub and restaurant, concierge services, pool, library, dog park, and walking trails on beautiful grounds.
  • You can live in style – From suites or villas to the floorplan of your choice; it’s all about what fits you best. Our communities feature upscale finishes, premium flooring, high ceilings, ample storage, and large windows to let in plenty of light, plus a location in the center of it all near services, shopping, recreation, and entertainment.
  • A focus on wellbeing – You’ll stay energized and active with health and wellbeing services, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga, and tai chi classes, and even onsite spa and salon experiences. Not to mention our communities also feature a delicious, yet well-balanced diet with chef-created meals that use fresh, locally-grown ingredients.
  • Connection and fulfillment – You’ll enjoy an ever-changing monthly calendar filled with social activities, outings, classes, and clubs as well as opportunities to serve, teach or share your experiences with others. Plus, we offer formal services, meditation, and time in nature to keep you connected to your spiritual side as well.

What They Offer

Retirement communities typically don’t offer onsite medical care. If you need daily assistance with things like medication, bathing, dressing, or eating, have cognitive challenges, and/or chronic health conditions that require ongoing care, this may not be the best fit. However, you still have the option to use third-party home health services for your needs in these communities.

Understanding Assisted Living Communities

Assisted living in an entirely different type of retirement living. While it features many of the same amenities and lifestyle benefits as you’ll find in retirement communities, these communities also have onsite care and assistance with daily tasks.

What They Offer

  • Supportive care – You’ll have personalized help with daily activities including bathing, dressing, personal care, and medication assistance, in addition to onsite medical care should you need it for added peace of mind.
  • A warm, homelike environment – Our communities feature a range of floor plans for you to choose for your apartment. The entire setting is not only warm and comfortable but designed to be easy-to-navigate for those with limited mobility, making it perhaps even more safe and secure than home.  
  • A range of services and amenities – Much like retirement communities, assisted living also provides housekeeping, maintenance, meals, transportation, and health and wellbeing services as well as amenities such as state-of-the-art fitness, onsite spa and salon, and multiple dining venues.
  • An active, social lifestyle – Enjoy daily opportunities to connect and engage with a full calendar of events, classes, activities, and outings.

What to Think About

Although you’ll have support with daily activities and onsite medical care, assisted living communities typically don’t provide round-the-clock care such as IV therapy, injections, catheter care, wound treatment, and/or specialized care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, keep in mind that many communities do offer multiple levels of care on the same campus.

Check out our Active Adult Decision Guide to learn more. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!