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Understanding the Difference between Assisted Living and Independent Living

March 26th, 2024

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Assisted Living and Independent Living are two senior living options that can be confusing. The amount of help and services provided are the main ways they differ. Knowing these differences is important when considering senior living facilities like Cristwood Park in Shoreline, WA, and Crista Shores in Silverdale, WA.

Assisted Living: A Helping Hand When Needed

CRISTA Senior Living’s Assisted Living helps residents with everyday tasks like bathing, getting dressed, taking medicine, and cooking. This way, residents can keep doing things on their own but staff is there whenever residents need assistance.

Residents can enjoy services like transportation, fun activities, cleaning, and health programs. They can focus on staying healthy and happy. Also, being part of a community that cares about their overall well-being is essential.

Independent Living: Embracing Freedom and Choice

Independent Living is perfect for active seniors. It is for seniors who want a life filled with chances to be social and grow personally. In these communities, residents live in their own apartments and have access to amenities like gyms, dining areas, and fun activities.

Even though they’re independent, residents can get help with cleaning and transportation. This freedom and support allows residents to follow their interests. Also, it helps them try new things and make friends.

Key Differences and Considerations

Understanding Assisted Living and Independent Living is essential for seniors and their families. The differences are in the level of assistance and supervision provided:

  • Assistance Level: Assisted Living offers hands-on support with daily living activities. In comparison, Independent Living emphasizes self-sufficiency and choice.
  • Healthcare Services: Assisted Living provides access to skilled nursing care and medical assistance. In contrast, Independent Living focuses on wellness programs and preventive care.
  • Cost: Due to the level of care provided, Assisted Living comes with a higher price than Independent Living. However, both options offer different pricing models for various budgets.
  • Social Engagement: Assisted and Independent Living communities prioritize social skills and engagement. However, Assisted Living offers more structured activities and opportunities for group participation.

Deciding between Assisted Living and Independent Living depends on preferences, needs, and goals. Understanding the differences between these options helps prospective residents make well-informed choices.

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I would like to commend Cristwood Park staff on their efforts to protect themselves and their residents from COVID. It’s been a concern of ours since last March and we have been relieved to see so few cases in the Cristwood Park community. I would like to thank the staff and leadership for their diligence in maintaining good protocols throughout this pandemic.

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Exceptional personalized holistic care. Helps keep Mom’s mind active and she flourishes with the nurturing care. Especially of value currently given the COVID restrictions. We are genuinely pleased with our mom's care.

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Thinking back on all the great care you and your team have given her at CRISTA, we thank you for all that. I am sure it made a difference in the quality of her life.

I appreciate the personal relationship I have with the staff and the good communication they give me.

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