Which is Better for my Elderly Parent, Independent or Assisted Living?

Children of older adults often wonder how an independent living differs from assisted living. Though they may look similar, they are two distinct types of senior housing. 

In either case, seniors would have no

  •  lawn care, snow removal, maintenance, and repairs
  •  utilities
  • property taxes

Services Offered in Independent Living

Independent living is intended for older adults who want to and are still able to enjoy an active lifestyle, but they are ready to give up maintaining their own home. They are independent and can take care of themselves. They are ready to have someone else take care of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.

Residents typically benefit from:

  • their own space–whether it is a room(s) or apartment.
  • daily activities
  • on-site fitness classes
  • meals, most often 3 prepared meals each day
  • often availability of transportation services for appointments and outings
  • housekeeping, laundry, and linen services
  • on-site hair salon
  • 24/7 emergency alert systems (standard in most communities).


Services Offered in Assisted Living

By contrast, Assisted Living concentrates on providing the care and support an older adult needs each day to get through the day. Our staff will assist with activities of daily living, such as grooming, bathing, and toileting.


If the older adult can take care of themselves, but would enjoy meals, housekeeping, etc., than Independent Living would be the best. However, it the older adult already needs assistance with daily tasks each day, they will benefit from Assisted Living at a Senior Community.

Residents of Sunnymere can come in as independent, but if their needs change, we would transition them to Assisted Living, and they wouldn’t need to change their room. 

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