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What Does Senior Living Mean?

The world of senior living is changing fast – which can make it tough to keep track of all the options available to you or the older adults in your life. If you’re not sure what’s out there, let us be your guide. We’re here to help inform seniors and their families as they make big choices about their future.

In this article, we’ll cover the basics of three of the most common offerings at senior living communities nationwide – independent living, assisted living and memory care.

What is the Definition of Independent Senior Living?

As you might have guessed, independent living is designed for older adults who have little to no difficulties with living on their own. It’s a lot like living in an apartment complex, but communities offer a slew of amenities and services to make life more convenient. While you may find higher levels of service (assisted living, nursing or memory care) on the same property, it’s not always assured.

What is the Average Cost of Independent Senior Living?

According to senior living finance experts Genworth, the average cost of community-style senior living was $61,350 in 2020. This estimate also includes assisted living. Bear in mind that these averages include luxury communities and communities that require a large buy-in in the form of an entrance fee.

Who Qualifies for Independent Senior Living?

The primary audience for independent living is adults age 55 and up. But bear in mind that the average senior living resident is about 84 years old. It’s fair to say that people prefer to put off moving – but moving to senior living before you really need it can carry big benefits. After all, where you live isn’t something to decide on in a rush.

What is Assisted Living? Who is it For?

Assisted living is the right choice for older adults who face challenges with vital activities of daily living. Caregivers work with new residents and assess their abilities to design an assistance plan that maximizes their independence. It’s not the same as skilled nursing, so it isn’t for older adults with most chronic health concerns.

Independence? That’s right. Think of it this way – independent living is for seniors who don’t need a helping hand to live how they please. Assisted living provides that helping hand. It’s a frequent next step for independent living residents as their needs evolve.

At an assisted living community, you or your loved one can get help with bathing, dressing, eating and other necessities. And like independent living, assisted living provides access to other services and amenities that make life easier.

When is Memory Care Needed?

Memory care is the level of service designed for the unique care needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Caregivers identify challenges presented by your loved one’s changing abilities and create a course of care that honors them with dignity. The primary goals of memory care are comfort for your loved one and peace of mind for your whole family.

The Benefits of Senior Living Communities

When you choose a community like Oakley Courts, you’re not just getting a new address. You’re gaining access to an entire network of supportive caregivers and welcoming neighbors. A place where you or your loved one will find genuine support paired with many reasons to smile. Where compassionate care meets the best thing about community living – time well spent with friends.

Find out more about assisted living and memory care at Oakley Courts. Contact us to start the conversation today.